The NFL is said to be poetic. Two star quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, are arguably writing said poetry for the next generation of football. Today, they get set to meet for the third time in the playoffs. However, the circumstances of this meeting are parallel to one historic quarterback rivalry.
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were arguably the two best quarterbacks of the 2000s and even the 2010s. Their playoff meetings led to some classic matchups. The two ended up meeting in the playoffs five times in their NFL career.
Three of them happened while they were on their original teams. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots got the best of Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the first two meetings. However, Peyton Manning and the Colts finally defeated Tom Brady and the Patriots in the third meeting.
Evan Kaplan of ESPN notes one interesting thing about those meetings. Brady won the first two meetings at home. Manning won the meeting his team finally hosted. This all comes right before Patrick Mahomes gets set to play in his first road playoff game in his NFL career.
How Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen Compare
So, how else do Mahomes and Allen compare to Brady and Manning? Allen is hosting Mahomes for the first time in the playoffs. This is also their third meeting. However, this is not all.
Mahomes is in his seventh NFL season. That was the same year Brady finally lost to Manning. Plus, this game is being played on January 21st. This is the same date that Peyton Manning finally defeated Tom Brady.
Will History Repeat Itself?
Momentum certainly seems to favor Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. They have won six straight games and did not have to travel this week for the game. Plus, Patrick Mahomes has never played a road playoff game before. Now, he has to do it in Buffalo of all places.
Sportsbooks also seem to believe that the Bills could pull this off. The Bills are 2.5-point favorites in this game. Now, there is an argument that if Josh Allen and the Bills do not beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs this time, they may never do so.