Tom Brady reportedly sought out Patrick Mahomes in private after beating the Chiefs in a sign of respect to the young quarterback

  • Tom Brady sought out Patrick Mahomes in private after leading the New England Patriots over the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The meeting appeared to be a sign of respect from the 41-year-old legend to the 23-year-old rising star.
  • Brady has ruled the AFC for two decades, and there's a chance Mahomes' reign could be coming after the two quarterbacks dueled on Sunday.

Tom Brady made a classy gesture to Patrick Mahomes after leading the New England Patriots over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, after the game, Brady went up to a security guard outside of the Chiefs' locker room and asked to see Mahomes. The two reportedly met in private, as the 41-year-old legend praised the up-and-coming star.

Mahomes had the best season of any quarterback in the NFL, and certainly impressed Brady on Sunday. After struggling in the first half, Mahomes helped the Chiefs score 31 points, 24 of them in the fourth quarter, as he went toe-to-with Brady and the Patriots. Mahomes even made the difficult look easy, getting the Chiefs into field goal range at the end of the fourth quarter with just 39 seconds to play to tie up the game. This, after Brady led the Patriots down the field for what looked like the game-winning touchdown.

It's tough to top the "GOAT," though. Brady threw 2 interceptions to just 1 touchdown, but when the game counted, he was sharp as ever, even converting on several 3rd-and-long scenarios in overtime to lead the game-winning drive.

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 20: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) stiff arms New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) as he rolls out in the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on January 20, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) spins in the air as he is tackled by New England Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones (31) during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (13) makes a touchdown reception against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) makes a reception against New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) pressures Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (26) makes a touchdown reception against New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a touchdown pass to running back Damien Williams against New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in AFC Championship NFL football game in overtime, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 37-31. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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