Pressure on Garrard, Rivers

Updated: January 10, 2008, 1:53 PM ET
By Keith Kidd
In order to get in a position to make the playoffs or, better yet, the Super Bowl, a team needs stellar play at quarterback. In looking deeper at the AFC playoff games, you have two quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning) who can easily put their team on their shoulders and win games and two other quarterbacks (David Garrard, Philip Rivers) whose jobs are to not lose them. How does the approach of each team differ and how do opposing defenses attack these quarterbacks?

Having Brady or Manning allows their teams to game plan in an aggressive way when attacking opposing defenses due to continuity and these quarterbacks' great understanding of their offensive system. Not only are they experienced players, but both played in the same offensive system throughout their careers. Their offensive attacks are set-up to run both inside and outside, while attacking all levels in the passing game and forcing their opponents to defend the whole field.