April 18, 2024

The Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in an overtime thriller, propelling Mahomes to 15 postseason victories in his career, one more than Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos great Peyton Manning.

Mahomes has now officially overtaken Manning’s overall amount of Super Bowl victories with three. Manning won the Super Bowl with the Colts in 2006-2007 and the Broncos in 2015-2016.

Mahomes won his second Super Bowl in two years, defeating the 49ers. His first Super Bowl victory again came against the 49ers, but it occurred in the 2019-2020 season.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes isn’t even 30-years-old

Patrick Mahomes has already had what many consider to be a Hall-of-Fame career, and he is only 28. Mahomes has three Super Bowl rings and is one of just three players to have won three Super Bowl MVP awards.
Only New England Patriots star Tom Brady and San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana have won the Super Bowl MVP award three times. Mahomes is the only quarterback in NFL history to start four Super Bowls before the age of 30.

Before the age of 30, Manning had never played in a Super Bowl and had just under 2,500 passing yards, ranking him 12th all-time. Mahomes has more than quadrupled it, with nearly 5,100 postseason passing yards, and he is only 28.

Brett Favre, the Green Bay Packers legend, is the next best playoff quarterback under the age of 30. Favre has 3,390 passing yards in the postseason while still under 30. Mahomes has 41 postseason touchdowns against Favre’s 25.

With a game-winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl 58, Mahomes is now tied for second all-time in NFL playoff history for game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime. He equaled Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams icon Kurt Warner with three, while Joe Montana leads with four.

In an Associated Press piece, Mahomes discusses why winning one championship did not satiate his thirst for greatness.

“I believe Tom expressed it best: once you win the championship, you have those parades and aspirations, but you are no longer the champion. “You have to return to that with the same mindset,” Mahomes stated. “And I learned from guys like that that have been the greatest of all time.”

Patrick Mahomes’ greatness shouldn’t overshadow the greatness of Peyton Manning

Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may not have the championships to compete with Patrick Mahomes, but his all-time statistics demonstrate his longevity and continued success in the NFL.

Manning has 71,940 career throwing yards, ranking third all-time behind Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Mahomes now ranks 65th all-time with 28,424 career throwing yards.
Manning also ranks third all-time in career passing touchdowns (539), trailing only Brees and Brady. Manning made 14 Pro Bowl appearances over 18 seasons and won five MVP honors.

Manning was voted a first-team All-Pro quarterback seven times throughout his career, and he was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 2000s.

Manning’s first Super Bowl appearance came against the Chicago Bears, a game in which Manning battled back after Bears returner Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Manning had 247 passing yards and a touchdown as the Colts defeated the Bears 29-17.

 

Manning’s second Super Bowl victory came against the Carolina Panthers, who ended the regular season 15-1 thanks to quarterback Cam Newton’s MVP performance. Manning, who would be playing his final game, relied on one of the league’s finest defenses to secure the victory. As the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history, he finished with 141 yards passing and an interception while completing 56.5% of his passes.

 

While Mahomes has already surpassed Manning in many areas, Manning’s tenure and all-time stats leave a significant difference between the two.

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