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Tom Brady lauds “spectacular” Patrick Mahomes after Patriots win AFC title


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, like everyone else, recognizes the incredible talent of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

After punching his ticket to a ninth Super Bowl appearance with a dramatic 37-31 overtime win against Mahomes in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Brady sought out the young quarterback to offer a few words.

“I just went and saw him,” Brady said, per NBC Sports' Peter King. “I mean, he’s feeling like you think he’d feel when you lose a game like this. It hurts. He’s a hell of a … I mean, what a great young player. So impressed with his poise, his leadership. He is spectacular.”

Mahomes joined Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks ever to throw for 50-plus touchdowns during the regular season. The 23-year-old QB wasn't as accurate as usual in the AFC title game loss, completing just 16 of 31 passes, but he did rack up 295 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Mahomes likely is the future of the NFL at the quarterback position. He can make every throw and he's not afraid of pressure. The Chiefs will be legitimate Super Bowl contenders for as long as he's healthy.

But Brady, and the Patriots made Mahomes wait at least another year with another fantastic show of clutch play. Brady led the Patriots to a go-ahead score in the final minute of regulation, and when his defense allowed the Chiefs to tie the game and force overtime, the 41-year-old quarterback led the Pats back down the field for the winning score. Brady completed several third-down plays on the winning drive, once again proving he is the best quarterback in the league.

Brady has shown no indication he's ready to retire, which is great news for football fans who already can't wait for the next thrilling playoff matchup between these two great quarterbacks.

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