Saturday, January 21, 2012
QBs rewriting history on Sunday
There are plenty of on-field storylines this weekend in the NFL, but Sunday's games have enormous implications for the quarterback history books as well.
QBs Eli Manning (left) and Tom Brady (right) can make NFL history with wins on Sunday.
Brady & Montana
Patriots QB Tom Brady enters the weekend with a 15-5 career postseason record. His .750 winning percentage currently ranks as the third-best all-time (minimum 10 starts) behind Bart Starr (.900) and Jim Plunkett (.800). Another win would tie him with Joe Montana (16) for the most career postseason wins by a quarterback.
Of course, a win on Sunday would also mean another trip to the Super Bowl. It would be Brady’s fifth, and assuming Brady gets the start on Feb. 5, he would tie John Elway for the most Super Bowl starts in NFL history.
Manning & Flacco Are Road Warriors
Both Eli Manning and Joe Flacco enter Sunday with 4 career road playoff wins. If either gets the win, he would set an NFL record for road playoff wins by a quarterback.
A win would also be Flacco’s sixth in the playoffs in just four seasons in the NFL.
He is already the first quarterback in NFL history to start a playoff game in each of his first four seasons, and a win would tie Brady’s NFL record for the most postseason victories in a quarterback's first four seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Eli Manning, the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft,
All About No. 1
will be facing Alex Smith, the No. 1 pick from 2005.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be only the fourth playoff game in the Super Bowl era between starting QBs who were both No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft.
It's the first meeting between former No. 1 picks at quarterback since the 1999 Wild Card Playoffs, when the Vikings' Jeff George (selected No. 1 overall in the 1990 NFL Draft) faced off against the Cowboys' Troy Aikman (No. 1 in 1989).
With a win, Smith would have 15 wins this season (including both regular-season and playoff games). Entering this season, he had just 19 wins in 50 career starts.