Ryan and Flacco will be linked forever in history

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

No matter how the rest of their careers play out, Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Baltimore's Joe Flacco are going to be paired together as rookie quarterbacks who took their teams to the playoffs. Their early success may even open the door for teams to play young quarterbacks earlier in the future.

But history says the odds are against young quarterbacks doing what Ryan and Flacco have done. Since the NFL-AFL merger, only six rookies have started playoff games and here's how they fared: