The Facts: Tom Brady didn't quite pass the torch to Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LV, but he did face off against a future fellow cover star. Brady and Mahomes will share the cover of Madden NFL 22, EA Sports announced Thursday, less than a year after the two squared off on the game's biggest stage.
Diehards Line:Madden hasn't seen two athletes split the precious real estate that is the cover of the game since Madden NFL 10, when Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Steelers safety Troy Polumalu appeared on the front, posing as if they were about to collide. The choice was a perfect fit for the game that year, which was built around a new mechanic that allowed players to fight for a loose ball and battle for extra yardage -- the inches we speak of that so often determine the outcome of a game. The pairing of Brady and Mahomes is natural, as it follows in the footsteps of Super Bowl LV's matchup that saw Brady's Buccaneers dominate Mahomes' Chiefs, and it is arguably the most prestigious in Madden history. Brady is undoubtedly headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame whenever he finally decides to hang up his otherworldly cleats, and with a Super Bowl triumph and Super Bowl MVP under his belt at this still-early stage of his career, Mahomes very well could be headed for Canton someday, too.