NFL Playoff Force: The Best and Worst Starters in 2022, from Tom Brady to Mac Jones

The NFL Playoffs 2021-22 has its first start after the season with five quarterbacks.

The group includes former number one Joe Burrow and Kyler Murray, along with former Alabama stars Mac Jones and Jalen Hurts. Veteran Derek Carr closes the group.

This group will try to attack the establishment. Seven-time Super Bowl champion and triple MVP Tom Brady is at the top of the list along with two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers in the NFC. Patrick Mahomes II led the Chiefs to Super Bowl matches. Will these quarterbacks dominate again?

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Sporting News ranked 14 defenders in this year’s playoffs based on a combination of factors. Who would you take right now? How important is the playoff experience? Who do you trust with the game on the line?

Here are these QBs sorted by age and their post-season records from youngest to oldest:

QUATTERBACK AGE MVP PLAYOFF SUPER BOWL
Mac Jones 23 0 0-0 0-0
Jalen Hurts 23 0 0-0 0-0
Kyler Murray 24 0 0-0 0-0
Joe Burrow 25 0 0-0 0-0
Josh Allen 25 0 2-2 0-0
Pat Mahomes 26 1 6-2 1-1
Dak Prescott 28 0 1-1 0-0
Jimmy Garoppolo 30 0 2-1 0-1
Derek Carr 30 0 0-0 0-0
Ryan Tannehill 33 0 2-2 0-0
Matthew Stafford 33 0 0-3 0-0
Aaron Rodgers 38 2 11-9 1-0
Ben Roethlisberger 39 0 13-9 2-1
Tom Brady 44 3 34-11 7-3

We figured this out. It’s Brady and everyone else:

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NFL playoff QB power rankings 2021-22

Statistics 2021: 5,316 yards, 45 TD, 12 INT

who else would it be? Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion and continues to play at the MVP level. Brady led Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl Championship last season through a wild card round and faces the same challenge this season. He played in 10 Super Bowls, three more than the rest of the field combined. He beat two more QBs on this list last season. Will it be like that again?

  • 2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Statistics of 2021: 4,115 yards, 37 TD, 4 INT

It’s the same setting as last season. Rodgers has put the Packers in a position where they can return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. Green Bay has an advantage at home and Rodgers could be named MVP for the second season in a row. He plays at the usual high level after an offseason full of rumors that he might be leaving. Rodgers is 5-3 in post-season starts at Lambeau Field. He is also 1-4 in the NFC Championship Game.

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  • 3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Statistics of 2021: 4,839 yards, 37 TD, 13 INT

Kansas City may not be number one, but Mahomes is still the quarterback he will beat in the AFC. In his last six AFC playoff games, Mahomes averaged 294.3 yards with 15 TDs and no interceptions. For the first time, he will have to lead the Chiefs to the Super Bowl from a wild card round, but he is also the only AFC quarterback with Super Bowl experience.

Statistics of 2021: 4,449 yards, 37 TD, 10 INT

Prescott’s comeback season was incredible and the base ended with 13 TDs and no capture in the last four games of Dallas. Now the next step is to lead the playoffs for the Cowboys. Prescott has a 2-1 playoff career in three starts with five TDs and two interventions. All three were one goal matches. Prescott has shown that Dallas could play with Tampa Bay in week 1. Potential retaliation comes in the divisional round.

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Statistics 2021: 4,611 yards, 34 TD, 14 INT

Too high? Burrow led the NFL in yards per attempt (8.9) and completion percentage (70.4). He closed the season in tears with home wins against the Ravens and Chiefs. In these games he had 971 pass yards, eight TDs and no capture. The former number one will debut in the playoffs and may help the Bengals win their first playoff game since January 6, 1991. Burrow will continue to rise in this rankings. Cincinnati can run away because he probably has the hottest quarterback at the moment. It’s our throw with our next QB, but right now we have Burrow.

Statistics of 2021: 4,407 yards, 36 TD, 15 INT

Allen led the Bills to the AFC Championships last season, and the experience should benefit from the next potential run. He had an average of 270.3 yards of passes with five TDs and one capture in four playoff starts, and Buffalo fans can enjoy defeating New England in the AFC Wild Card round. Can Allen take what he learned from last year’s run and get Bills back to the Super Bowl? We’re going to find out.

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  • 7. Matthew Stafford, Rams

Statistics 2021: 4,886 yards, 41 TD, 17 INT

That’s why Stafford came to Los Angeles. He showed another big season in terms of overall footage and TD, but catches at the wrong time remain a problem. Stafford led the Lions to the playoffs three times, averaging 302.7 yards with four TDs and three interceptions. The pressure to break through is there and getting through the elite NFC quarterbacks who have placed in front of him will be a huge challenge.

  • 8. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Statistics 2021: 3,740 yards, 22 TD, 10 INT

The two-time Super Bowl winner’s farewell tour hosts an after-hours party after the Steelers broke into the playoffs. The 39-year-old starts 23rd after the season and his last playoff victory was on January 15, 2017 against the Chiefs. Kansas City beat Pittsburgh 36-10 in week 16, but if it’s a close match in the end, Roethlisberger has been this way before. Roethlisberger has career prospects, but there are other defenders we would take now.

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  • 9. Ryan Tannehill, Titans

Statistics 2021: 3,734 yards, 21 TD, 14 INT

Is it too little for a 33-year-old veteran? Tannehill eventually led the Titans to first place in the AFC. In the AFC playoffs, he has 2-2 as a starter and in these matches he had an average of 133.5 yards of passes with six TDs and two interceptions. Tennessee could regain Derrick Henry for this race and Tannehill is able to lead the Super Bowl race due to the setting with the Titans.

Statistics of 2021: 4,804 yards, 23 TD, 14 INT

You can make a strong argument that it should be higher based on the last month. Carr has huge numbers and the series of four wins, which included winning stunts against the Colts and Chargers, was impressive. It took eight seasons for Carr to finally break into the post-season season, and we’re not sure how he’ll react to this phase. Carr had a 94.4 QB on the road this season and Burrow is also starting for the first time in the playoffs. This could lead to a fun wild card match with the Bengals.

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  • 11. Kyler Murray, Cardinals

Statistics of 2021: 3,787 yards, 24 TD, 10 INT

The former number one will make their playoff debut, and this tantalizing ability to create games makes the Cardinals a dangerous team. Arizona have lost four of their last five games and Murray has become more active as a scrambler. In his last encounter with the Rams, he had 383 yards and two interventions.

  • 12. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49

Statistics of 2021: 3,810 yards, 20 TD, 12 INT

Garoppolo dealt with criticism and injuries, but only two years away to take the 49ers to the Super Bowl. In this year’s playoffs, he led against the teams 4: 3 and this included close losses to Tennessee and Green Bay. The 49ers crept in the playoffs and are a dangerous seven. Hey, Garoppolo knows what it takes to get there.

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Statistics of 2021: 3,144 yards, 16 TD, 9 INT

Hurts is another former Alabama quarterback who will make his playoff debut. Hurts ran 784 yards and 10 TDs this season and had eight games with a minimum of 20 yards rushing. Hurts was an experienced winner of two college programs, but begins with an ultimate test against the Buccaneers and Brady.

Statistics of 2021: 3,801 yards, 22 TD, 13 INT

Jones led Alabama to the College Football Playoff Championship last season and now has the Patriots and Bill Belichick back in the playoffs. As a result, the newcomer will face an endless comparison with Brady, but will have to play better on the road. Jones had six TDs and six interceptions with a score of 85.4 in eight road starts this season. Buffalo also has a top five defense.

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