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What is the storyline if the KC Chiefs lose Super Bowl LV?

Jan 31, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of signage for Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 31, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of signage for Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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There’s a lot of confidence in the KC Chiefs to run it back and win their second straight Super Bowl, but what if they don’t? 

The big storyline heading into Super Bowl LV is that it’ll pit Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs against Tom Brady once again. The Mahomes and Brady storyline is the biggest draw here because people didn’t think we’d ever get to see these two go head-to-head in a Super Bowl, as both were in the AFC.

If the Chiefs win, the narrative will be that Mahomes is going to unseat Brady as the GOAT and go on to pass his accomplishments with ease. He’s only 25 years old and has just shy of two decades to catch up to Brady and his impressive resumê.

If the Chiefs lose the Super Bowl, however, what will be talked about then?

CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo was quoted saying that if Mahomes loses this game, he’ll never catch Brady and won’t be able to become the GOAT.

The KC Chiefs will be accused of not being able to beat Brady should they lose in Super Bowl LV.

If the Chiefs lose to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, people are mostly going to say that Mahomes and the Chiefs can’t beat Brady in the playoffs when it actually matters. Both of Mahomes’ playoff losses will have been against Brady and that’s something that’s going to be discussed ad nauseam for who knows how long?

Obviously, the Chiefs want to win the Super Bowl because that’s the ultimate goal in the NFL, but doing so would also show the world that Mahomes can beat Brady in the playoffs. It’d show that he is the guy who’s going to surpass Brady as far as what the GOAT looks like and he’s going to get off to a hotter start by winning two titles in his first three years as a starter (Brady won one during his first three years).

Something else people might fixate on is how once Mahomes’ massive extension actually goes into effect, the Chiefs won’t be the same team. You’ll see people discuss how they won’t be able to sign key players or re-sign their stars, but Brett Veach has done a nice job trying to get that figured out before Mahomes’ rookie deal runs out.

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If the Chiefs win on Sunday, the big thing being discussed will be how they’re on their way to becoming the next dynasty. If they lose, get ready to hear all about how Mahomes can’t beat the top dog when it matters the most.

Just do us all a favor and win Chiefs.