Is Allen vs. Mahomes the next Manning vs. Brady? Stephen A. Smith says it could be.

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The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs put on a show for the ages in the divisional round on Sunday, with the Chiefs winning 42-36 in overtime. The quarterbacks were the story. Bills QB Josh Allen passed for 329 yards and four touchdowns. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns. The duo combined for three touchdown passes and 221 passing yards in the last two minutes of regulation, which featured three lead changes and a tie.

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Was the matchup the start of a rivalry the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady? First Take's Stephen A. Smith thinks it's a possibility.

"The reason I tell you the Manning-Brady comparisons, as it pertains to Patrick Mahomes, are palatable and something we can stomach, is that there's an argument those are the two better teams. We all know what Patrick Mahomes is and what the Kansas City Chiefs are ... If Josh Allen were to be able to pull this off this weekend, it elevates Buffalo. When we looked at Peyton Manning, when he was going to the Super Boel and losing to New Orleans, or going to a Super Bowl and winning against the Bears, we knew Tom Brady was relevant."

He said that while the last generation had Manning, Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Phil Rivers, this generation has Allen, Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and others.

"If you've got two elite quarterbacks and their teams are better than the other two quarterback's teams, that's what could make for a rivalry comparable to Manning-Brady."

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen hug after the Chiefs' 42-36 overtime win in the AFC Divisioanl Round at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 23, 2022.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen hug after the Chiefs' 42-36 overtime win in the AFC Divisioanl Round at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 23, 2022.

The crux of Smith's argument is this: Manning and Brady were quarterbacks for two of the league's elite teams when the Colts and Patriots rivalry was at its height. The Chiefs have already achieved that elite status, with a pair of AFC titles and a Super Bowl championship. If Allen can take the Bills to a Super Bowl, Smith thinks the rivalry takes on a new level.

Smith wasn't the only one saying Allen and Mahomes have reached Manning-Brady level of must-see TV.

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This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Is Josh Allen-Patrick Mahomes next Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry?

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