Patrick Mahomes warned to tone down ‘cute’ habit in Tom Brady battle at Super Bowl LV
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NFL: Brady and Mahomes prepare for Super Bowl LV

Patrick Mahomes will have to figure out a different way of getting under the skins of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV this evening, according to Britain’s two-time Super Bowl champion, Osi Umenyiora. Mahomes has been a revelation in the NFL since being selected with the No 10 pick by the Chiefs in the 2017 Draft.

He would go on to break countless records in his first season as the starting quarterback in 2018, going on to be named the MVP that season.

A year later and Mahomes was the star of the show once again as the Chiefs made their first Super Bowl appearance in 40 years.

They came back from 20-10 down against the San Francisco 49ers with little over seven minutes to play and Mahomes masterfully constructed a comeback for the ages as the Chiefs went on a 21-0 run to win their first Super Bowl in 50 years.

Now a bonafide superstar in the league, Mahomes has also built up a level of confidence which he often plays on to get under the skins of his opposition.

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But Umenyiora, believes those tricks won’t work against Brady’s Buccaneers and Mahomes may be found out if things start going against him.

“It’s really cute when quarterbacks do that but they only do that for so long,” said the BBC presenter.

“Once they start losing and you really start pummelling them, then all that goes out the window. You see their true nature, the anger coming out.

“But early on, of course, it’s all smiles – ‘ha ha, good game’ and all that nonsense – because you’re having fun.

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“Let’s see you do that when you’re down 21 [points] and JPP and Shaq Barrett have their ears pinned back and blood coming out of their nose. Let’s see you tell them ‘good hit’ then.

“Over the course of how many years I played professionally and in college, I have never seen a quarterback who’s getting hit constantly, that it didn’t get to them.

“It gets to all of them, every last one of them, and don’t let them tell you any differently.”

At 25 years of age, Mahomes is seen as the future superstar quarterback of the NFL, expected to take the torch from Brady.

He has come up against Brady in the playoffs before, back when the NFL icon was still in New England colours.

The Chiefs were defeated by the Patriots that year in what proved to be a physical match, but Mahomes insists his side are better placed to handle a similar match this time around against Tampa Bay.

“We might not have been able to handle that in 2018 but we have been through adversity and been through battles,” Mahomes said.

“If you watch our team [now], it’s not just a fast, flying show. We have a lot of physical guys on this team as well.

“If it’s a physical game, we’re ready for that and if it’s a fast-paced game, we’re ready for that. The guys are ready to play.”

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