All of Arrowhead Stadium, all of a long-suffering football city began willing Patrick Mahomes to the Super Bowl right from the start, willing him every step of the way to take the torch from Tom Brady — even if Brady will never be ready to pass it until he is home for good with Gisele.
On every play they could, across every minute, for 60 minutes and beyond, they came to unleash the kind of rumbling thunder you would expect from a fan base that has been waiting 49 long years to get back to a Super Bowl and win it, and to remind Brady’s 41-year-old ears that he had picked the wrong time and the wrong place to be so greedy and continue his assault on history.
And they picked the wrong quarterback.
A fearless young gunslinger who would relish a shootout with the great Brady, who would like his chances if he happened to be the last man with the ball at the end with his team begging him to drive it to Atlanta and Super Bowl LIII to face the Rams.
Except there was no fear in Brady either, never has been on these big stages, in these big moments. Mahomes takes your breath away. Brady takes your heart away.
It was Brady who announced to his teammates in the days leading up to this AFC Championship bout: “I am the baddest motherbleeper on the planet.”
And when his team needed him to be the baddest motherbleeper on the planet, at the end of regulation and in overtime, he sure was.
Brady got the ball first in overtime and never let Mahomes have it.
He hit Chris Hogan for 10, then Julian Edelman for 20 on third-and-10, then Edelman again for 15, then Rob Gronkowski for 15 on third-and-10.
Brady was 15 from Super Bowl LIIl.
Brady, trailing 28-24 in regulation, had it at his 35 with 1:57 left and all three timeouts.
They were chanting “Dee-Fense, Dee-Fense, Dee-Fense” now.
Brady to Julian Edelman for 20. Brady to Chris Hogan for 11.
Third-and-5, 0:54 on the clock.
Brady 29 yards from Super Bowl LIII.
Brady to Gronkowski for 25 yards against Eric Berry.
Brady 4 yards from Super Bowl LIII.
0:42 on the clock.
Burkhead finished the job.