We are down from 14 teams to 8 teams as the NFL moves to the Divisional Round of the playoffs this weekend with four games. In the AFC, the Chiefs play the Browns and the Bills play the Ravens. In the NFC, Packers play the Rams and the Saints play the Bucs.
Here are 5 connections between the 8 starting quarterbacks.
Cal vs Cal
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Rams QB Jared Goff both played their college ball at California.
In two years as a starter (2003-2004), Rodgers completed 63.8% of his passes for 5,469 yards, 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Cal went 18-8
In three years as a starter (2013-2015), Goff completed 62.3% of his passes for 12,195 yards, 96 TDs, and 30 INTs. Cal went 14-23.
In 2018, when the Rams made the Super Bowl, they beat the Packers to improve to 8-0. That was the only meeting between Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff, who both played their college ball at California.
2018 Draft Party
3 of the 4 AFC QBs are 3 of the 5 first round QBs from the 2018 draft – Baker Mayfield (#1), Josh Allen (#7), and Lamar Jackson (#32). Sorry, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen.
Patrick Mahomes vs Baker Mayfield rematch
On October 22, 2016, Oklahoma beat Texas Tech in one of the craziest, most exciting college football games ever. Sooners won 66-59 in a game that featured over 1,700 total yards of offense.
40 is the new 30
Sunday’s game between the Bucs and Saints will be the first ever between QBs over 40 in the playoffs. Last week, Tom Brady and Drew Brees both joined Brett Favre as the only QBs to win a playoff game over 40 years old.
Trophies and Stats
About the 8 QBs remaining
- 7/8 first round picks. Drew Brees was a second rounder, but pick #32 (before Texans were added), which makes all 8 QBs top 32 picks.
- 2 #1 overall picks – Baker Mayfield and Jared Goff
- 4 Super Bowl winners – Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Mahomes. A 5th QB with Super Bowl experience (Goff)
- 1 Heisman Trophy winner – Lamar Jackson
- 4 MVP winners – Brady (3x), Rodgers (2x), Jackson, Mahomes