Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is the oldest lively participant within the NFL, so in fact he’s the oldest quarterback taking centerstage throughout wild card weekend to kick off the highway to the Super Bowl.
But whereas Brady is aware of all in regards to the strain of playoff soccer, a number of different quarterbacks are about to expertise it for the primary time.
Every quarterback enjoying on Saturday evening has by no means seen the sphere in a playoff environment.
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Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert and Jacksonville Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence, two of one of the best younger sign callers within the sport, shall be pitted in opposition to one another, whereas San Francisco 49ers shock third-stringer Brock Purdy shall be going through Seattle Seahawks journeyman Geno Smith, who lastly will get to rock in some playoff soccer.
New York Giants first-rounder Daniel Jones makes the playoffs in Year 5, whereas the Miami Dolphins need to go along with Skylar Thompson, as Tua Tagovailoa, who would’ve had his first playoff begin, continues to be sidelined. Finally, one other harm, this time to Lamar Jackson, has the Baltimore Ravens trying to Tyler Huntley to steer them in Cincinnati.
To put it into perspective, Patrick Mahomes is the oldest quarterback within the AFC on this playoff . . . at 27 years outdated.
The subsequent technology is right here, however can they deal with the veterans? Let’s check out every matchup on this wild card weekend.
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San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks – Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m., FOXFox Bet Odds: 49ers (-9.5)
San Fran started the yr 3-4, with many questioning whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo had what it took to get the 49ers again to the playoffs. And regardless of successful, these questions obtained even louder when he went down for the season, and Purdy, the seventh-round pick of Iowa State, needed to take his place.
Well, all of these questions had been squashed because the 49ers continued their successful streak, ending with 10 straight to win the NFC West and host the Seahawks.
Smith has been a shock in Seattle beneath Pete Carroll, though the 49ers have been capable of beat them twice now. The key for the Seahawks shall be stopping Christian McCaffrey, who is anticipated to be featured prominently with wet situations within the Bay Area on Saturday evening.
Since being traded to San Fran, McCaffrey has totaled 746 dashing yards with six touchdowns on 159 carries, whereas hauling in 52 catches for 464 yards with 4 extra scores.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Los Angeles Chargers – Jan. 14, 8:15 p.m., NBCFox Bet Odds: Chargers (-2.5)
While most video games have heavy favorites this weekend, this matchup is anticipated to be very shut.
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The highlight shall be on who can outduel the opposite quarterback, as Herbert is trying to put naysayers to relaxation whereas Lawrence desires to maintain his sizzling streak going.
Herbert has proved he can win on this league, however he hasn’t been capable of make it to the playoffs. A ten-7 document this season offers him a chance because the No. 5 seed, and he doesn’t need to squander a chance to beat a Jaguars staff on the highway.
However, with a great protection and distinctive teaching on the offensive facet by head coach Doug Pederson, Lawrence has lit it up in current weeks, totaling 12 touchdowns to 2 interceptions with 1,779 passing yards and a 103.4 passer score in his final seven video games. That’s led to a five-game successful streak to finish the season and provides the Jags the AFC South title.
Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins – Jan. 15, 1:00 p.m., CBSFox Bet Odds: Bills (-13.5)
Miraculously, Damar Hamlin has been discharged from Buffalo General Hospital after struggling a cardiac arrest in Cincinnati two weeks in the past. That has led many to take a position about Hamlin being current at Highmark Stadium on Sunday in what will definitely be a particularly emotional outing if that’s the case.
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Hamlin’s harm has additionally added much more unity to a Bills staff that has dominated its competitors, ending the common season with a seven-game successful streak. And they’re anticipated to take action once more with Thompson, the Dolphins’ third-string quarterback, beginning in a raucous Buffalo setting.
Between Allen’s pedigree within the playoffs and Buffalo’s robust protection, this one is anticipated to be a blowout.
Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants – Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m., FOXFox Bet Odds: Vikings (-3)
Kirk Cousins and the Vikings put collectively eight fourth-quarter comebacks within the common season, tying the NFL document. No matter the rating (it was fairly actually 33-0 at halftime in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts), this staff by no means says die.
But will their luck run up in opposition to a Giants staff that wanted only one season beneath Brian Daboll to get again into the playoffs for the primary time since 2016? Jones and Saquon Barkley have been a ground-and-pound duo that picks up first downs and wears down defenses on their approach to a 9-7-1 document.
However, this Vikings staff noticed that on Christmas Eve and received on a last-second, 61-yarder by Greg Joseph to seize a type of comeback wins.
Can Cousins lastly make a run with Minnesota? He’ll be in entrance of his residence crowd the place he went 8-1 this season to begin off.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens – Jan. 15, 8:15 p.m., NBCFox Bet Odds: Bengals (-8.5)
No, a coin flip didn’t want to find out this one after the Bengals took care of the Ravens in Week 18 to win the AFC North. But similar to that, it’s a rematch with the Ravens within the No. 6 seed within the convention.
Unfortunately, a Jackson-Joe Burrow matchup isn’t what we are going to see on Sunday evening. Instead, the Ravens have but to call a starter at quarterback for Sunday, as Tyler Huntley continues to take care of a proper shoulder harm. Undrafted rookie Anthony Brown will go if Huntley can’t.
That’s why Burrow and the red-hot Bengals are anticipated to deal with their division rival with ease. Aside from their postponed sport in opposition to the Bills in Week 17, the Bengals received eight straight to finish the yr. Burrow threw for 18 touchdowns to 6 interceptions with a 67.44% completion price over that span.
With the Ravens struggling to attain factors with Jackson out, the Bengals will need to run this one up early.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys – Jan. 16, 8:15 p.m., ESPNFox Bet Odds: Cowboys (-2.5)
The finale of this wild-card spherical goes to Brady and his Bucs, who snuck into the playoffs with an 8-9 document, and the Cowboys, a staff trying to squash the stigma that they will’t win when it issues.
Dak Prescott has had a stable profession in Dallas, however when it comes time for playoff video games, he can’t appear to make that run, regardless of how good his staff could also be. Last season, it was the controversial quarterback draw that ran the clock out in Dallas, giving San Francisco the go to the subsequent spherical. Fans and analysts alike couldn’t consider the play name.
The Cowboys will journey to Tampa to see Brady searching for his eighth Super Bowl ring, and regardless of the Bucs struggling to place up factors, they’ve by some means managed to come back away with sufficient wins to provide him a shot.
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As we’ve seen previously, that’s all Brady normally wants.
Brady has by no means misplaced to the Cowboys in his profession, and Prescott was tied for the league-lead in interceptions this season, throwing eight in his final 5 video games.