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Just over a year ago, Tom Brady told Patrick Mahomes to "keep grinding" after the New England Patriots dispatched the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

It's safe to say Mahomes took that message to heart.

The Chiefs quarterback guided Kansas City to a thrilling comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV and was named Super Bowl MVP after accounting for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) while throwing for 286 yards with two interceptions.

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By winning MVP, Mahomes joined the company of the legend who defeated him last season.

Mahomes narrowly passed Brady as the youngest quarterback ever to win Super Bowl MVP: Brady turned 25 the August after helping the Patriots win Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams, while Mahomes turns 25 in September.

But Mahomes actually is ahead of Brady on one front: He's the first QB to win NFL MVP (in 2018) and Super Bowl MVP before turning 25. Brady's first NFL MVP award came in 2007 at age 30.

Mahomes also showed some Brady-esque poise this postseason by helping Kansas City rally from double-digit deficits in all three of its playoff games (vs. Houston, vs. Tennessee and vs. San Francisco).

And by rallying the Chiefs from a 20-10 hole in the fourth quarter Sunday, Mahomes became the first QB to complete a 10-plus-point comeback in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl since Brady, who did it twice with New England in Super Bowls XLIX and LI.

 

Like Brady, Mahomes pulled off Sunday's comeback at Kyle Shanahan's expense: The Niners head coach was the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator when New England famously rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win Super Bowl LI.

Mahomes has a long way to go to catch Brady in Super Bowl titles (six), Super Bowl MVP awards (four) and NFL MVP awards (three).

But he's on pace with (if not ahead of) the GOAT in all three categories, which is a monumental achievement for Alex Smith's former backup.