A look at how the final four starting QBs in the NFL Playoffs fared in their college football careers in postseason bowl games.
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
Bowl record: 0-1
Mahomes played his college ball at Texas Tech, under current Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury. After playing sparingly in 2014, Mahomes was the Red Raiders’ primary QB in 2015 (7-6) and 2016 (5-7).
In his only bowl game, Texas Tech lost 56-27 to LSU in the 2015 Texas Bowl.
Mahomes did his thing, throwing for 370 yards on 56 pass attempts and 4 TDs, plus 1 INT.
LSU RB Leonard Fournette ran for 212 yards and 4 TDs, and also had a 44 yard receiving TD.
Josh Allen, Wyoming
Bowl record: 1-1
In 2016, Wyoming lost 24-21 to BYU in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl. Wyoming trailed 24-7 entering the fourth quarter. Allen completed 17-32 passes for 207 yards, with 2 TD and 2 INT.
Allen’s collegiate career ended his career with a 27-14 win over Central Michigan in the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Allen completed only 11 passes, but threw 3 TDs and was named MVP of the game. The weather was snowy and miserable, so Wyoming ran 42 times and threw 19 times.
Aaron Rodgers, California
Bowl record: 1-1
In 2003, Cal won a thrilling Insight Bowl, 52-49 on a last second field goal. Rodgers completed 27-35 passes for 394 yards and 2 TDs and also ran for 2 TDs.
In 2004 Cal lost another high scoring bowl game in the Holiday Bowl. Rodgers’ last game ended in a 45-31 loss to Texas Tech. Cal came into the game 10-1 and ranked 4th in the country. Rodgers completed 24-42 passes for 246 yards, throwing 1 TD, running for 1 TD and throwing 1 INT. Notably, Cal’s running back was Marshawn Lynch.
Tom Brady, Michigan
Bowl record: 2-0
Of course Brady won both of his bowl games. The man is a winner.
First, Brady led Michigan to a win over Arkansas in the 1999 Citrus Bowl. Brady threw for 209 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs as Michigan won 45-31, becoming the first Big Ten team to win the Citrus Bowl since 1993.
In his collegiate finale, Michigan beat Alabama in a 35-34 overtime thrilled, in the 2000 Orange Bowl. This was Michigan’s first ever overtime football game. Brady threw 3 TD passes, including a 25 yarder on the first play of overtime.
Michigan earned the right to play in the Orange Bowl after Brady led the game winning touchdown drive against Ohio State, in what feels like the last time Michigan beat Ohio State (sorry, Blue).