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Steelers fans rejoice? Pittsburgh's perspective on Tom Brady leaving Patriots, AFC

Steelers fans rejoice? Pittsburgh's perspective on Tom Brady leaving Patriots, AFC

Editor’s note: In the coming weeks our Patriots insiders will be speaking with beat writers from around the NFL to get an outside view on what the future holds for the Patriots. Today’s team: The Pittsburgh Steelers with Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.

There are many AFC teams that probably were very happy to see Tom Brady leave the New England Patriots and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFL free agency, and perhaps no fan base is more excited over his departure than that of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Why is that? Well, Brady has dominated the Steelers throughout his career.

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In 20 years with the Patriots, Brady posted a 9-3 record versus the Steelers with 3,744 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and five interceptions during the regular season. The veteran quarterback also beat the Steelers all three times he played against them in the playoffs. Each of those matchups came in the AFC Championship Game (2001, 2004, 2016).

"He's torched them, Tom, as you well know," The Athletic's Ed Bouchette recently told our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. "Starting in 2001 in that AFC title game, 2004, I don't know need to go down the list. (The Steelers) never beat him (in Foxboro). They didn't throw the parade yet, and they don't have the (Patriots) on the schedule this year, but I'm sure they're happy not to have played him again. If they meet him again, it would have to be in a Super Bowl with Tampa."

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Despite all of the pain and heartbreak Brady has caused Steelers fans over the years, they still have a healthy amount of respect for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

"I think there was a lot of respect for Tom Brady," Bouchette said. "They hated him because he beat them so much, beat them in key games, three AFC titles games he beat them in. For the most part, they are happy to see him go, the fans. Nobody on the Steelers is going to publicly say that, but (Brady) has been a nemesis for them, no doubt, just the way the Steelers of the 1970s maybe were a nemesis for the Houston Oilers."

The Steelers and Patriots both have won an NFL-record six Super Bowl titles. If not for Brady, the Steelers easily could have two or three more championship rings. Instead, both teams are in a fierce race to see who can claim a seventh Lombardi Trophy first.

NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

Patrick Mahomes has fully committed to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The superstar quarterback, who led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl LIV triumph last season, reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension worth $450 million. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

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Mahomes is the best player in the NFL and, at only 24 years old, could lead the Chiefs on a dominant run of success over the next decade. In his two seasons as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, Mahomes has a 24-8 record, a 4-1 playoff record and a Lombardi Trophy. He also won Super Bowl LIV MVP and the 2018 NFL MVP.

Given his age, talent and potential, it's not surprising that NFL Twitter was pretty fired up about Mahomes and the Chiefs extending their partnership through 2031 (he has two more years remaining on his current contract).

Here's some of the best Twitter reaction to Mahomes' massive contract extension.

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs are going to be a tough opponent for the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC for many years to come.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mahomes has two more years left on his current deal with Kansas City, so this extension would keep him with the Chiefs for 12 more seasons.

The Chiefs won their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years last season when Mahomes led a fourth quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, adding to the NFL MVP he won during the 2018 campaign. The 24-year-old quarterback has thrown 76 touchdown passes with only 17 interceptions in the last two seasons (30 games played).

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Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, and his résumé through three pro seasons -- the last two of which he's been the full-time starter in Kansas City -- is absolutely astounding.

What does this news mean for the Patriots?

Well, the Chiefs aren't going anywhere. Kansas City will continue to be a top contender in the AFC as long as Mahomes is healthy. He has a 25-8 record as a starter in the regular season, in addition to a 4-1 playoff record that includes a Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs also have been one of the league's highest-scoring offenses (32-plus points per game) in the league over the last two seasons, and no lead is safe when Mahomes has the ball. The Patriots found that out first hand during the 2018 AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. New England held a 14-0 halftime advantage, and it also led 24-21 and 31-28 late in the fourth quarter before losing both and having to play overtime. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won the game in the OT period with an incredible touchdown drive on the first possession.

The AFC title win in 2018 was one of two victories for the Patriots in three matchups versus Mahomes. New England beat him twice in 2018 and lost in the 2019 regular season when the Chiefs earned a 23-16 Week 14 win at Gillette Stadium.

The Chiefs will play the Patriots again in the 2020 regular season in a Week 4 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. You can bet the Patriots and Chiefs will play plenty more times throughout the length of Mahomes' reported extension, and it would be pretty fun if some of those games came in the playoffs.