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NFL Divisional Playoffs: QB Youth Movement, Both Sixth Seeds Still in Play

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NFL Divisional Playoffs: QB Youth Movement, Both Sixth Seeds Still in Play

2021-01-15 14:58:32

 

-Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield attempts pass in wild-card win over Pittsburgh. (Image Source: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

YOUTH MOVEMENT: All four starting quarterbacks remaining in the AFC playoffs are under the age of 26. This is the first time ever that all four starting quarterbacks in one conference in the Divisional playoffs are under the age of 26.​

PLAYER

TEAM

AGE*

Josh Allen

Buffalo

24 years, 240 days

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore

24 years, 9 days

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

25 years, 122 days

Baker Mayfield

Cleveland

25 years, 278 days

*all ages as of day of team’s Divisional playoff game

Three quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft – Cleveland’s BAKER MAYFIELD (No. 1 overall), Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (No. 7) and Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON (No. 32) – are projected to start in the AFC Divisional round. This will mark the second time in the common-draft era that three first-round quarterbacks from the same NFL Draft will start in the Divisional playoffs in the same postseason. The only other time this occurred was in the 2008 postseason, when three quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft – ELI MANNINGPHILIP RIVERS and BEN ROETHLISBERGER – each started in the 2008 Divisional playoffs.

Saturday night’s game featuring Jackson (24 years, nine days old on Saturday) and Allen (24 years, 240 days old on Saturday) marks the fourth matchup in the Divisional round between two quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era.​

Divisional round matchups between starting quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era:

SEASON

HOME TEAM

QUARTERBACK

VISITOR

QUARTERBACK

RESULT

1985

Miami

Dan MarinoHOF

Cleveland

Bernie Kosar

MIA 24, CLE 21

2000

Minnesota

Daunte Culpepper

New Orleans

Aaron Brooks

MIN 34, NO 16

2019

Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes

Houston

Deshaun Watson

KC 51, HOU 31

2020

Buffalo

Josh Allen

Baltimore

Lamar Jackson

??

 
Mayfield and Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, are each expected to make the second road postseason starts of their careers this weekend. Mayfield earned a victory in his first postseason start on the road last weekend while Goff won his first road playoff start at New Orleans in the 2018 NFC Championship game. JIM PLUNKETT, the No. 1 overall selection in the 1971 NFL Draft, is the only quarterback who was selected first overall to win each of his first two road postseason starts.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE: The CLEVELAND BROWNS (12-5) and LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6) both earned victories on Super Wild Card Weekend as the No. 6 seeds in their respective conferences. In 2019, both the MINNESOTA VIKINGS and TENNESSEE TITANS won on Wild Card Weekend as the No. 6 seeds while both the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES advanced to the Divisional round of the playoffs as No. 6 seeds in in 2018. 

This marks the first time in which two No. 6 seeds advanced past Wild Card Weekend in three consecutive seasons since 1990, when the NFL expanded the playoffs to six teams per conference.

The No. 6 seeds to reach the conference Championship since 1990:

SEASON

TEAM

CONFERENCE

ADVANCED TO

2019

Tennessee

AFC

Conference Championship

2010

Green Bay

NFC

Won Super Bowl XLV

2010

New York Jets

AFC

Conference Championship

2008

Baltimore

AFC

Conference Championship

2008

Philadelphia

NFC

Conference Championship

2005

Pittsburgh

AFC

Won Super Bowl XL

 

 

 

 

2020

Cleveland

AFC

??

2020

Los Angeles Rams

NFC

??

In both conferences, the No. 5 [BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-5) and TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (12-5)] and No. 6 seeds (Cleveland and Los Angeles Rams) are all still alive in the postseason. With victories by Baltimore and Cleveland in the AFC or Tampa Bay and Los Angeles in the NFC, it would mark the first conference Championship game featuring a No. 5 and No. 6 seed since 1990.

ONE IF BY GROUND, TWO IF BY AIR: In the AFC Wild Card round, Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON rushed for 136 yards and one touchdown, his second consecutive postseason game with at least 125 rushing yards.

With at least 125 rushing yards on Saturday night at Buffalo (8:15 PM ET, NBC/Universo), Jackson would become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 125 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVIS (four games) and JOHN RIGGINS (three), as well as ARIAN FOSTER (three).

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with at least 125 rushing yards in NFL history:​

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES (DATES)

 

Terrell DavisHOF

Denver

4 (Jan. 11, 1998 – Jan. 17, 1999)

 

Arian Foster

Houston

3 (Jan. 7, 2012 – Jan. 5, 2013)

 

John RigginsHOF

Washington

3 (Jan. 15, 1983 – Jan. 30, 1983)

 

 

 

 

 

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore

2* (Jan. 11, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021)

 

*active streak

Green Bay wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS recorded at least 100 receiving yards in both the NFC Divisional playoffs (160 receiving yards) and NFC Championship game (138) last season. Baltimore wide receiver MARQUISE BROWN had 109 receiving yards in the Ravens’ victory on Super Wild Card Weekend and had 126 receiving yards during the 2019 AFC Wild Card round last season.

On Saturday, Adams and Brown can become the seventh and eighth players in NFL history to record at least 100 receiving yards in three consecutive postseason games. Brown would also join LARRY FITZGERALD (first four games) as the only players with 100-or-more receiving yards in each of their first three career playoff games.

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:​

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES (DATES)

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

4 (Jan. 3, 2015 – Jan. 15, 2017)

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

4 (Jan. 3, 2009 – Feb. 1, 2009)

Tom FearsHOF

L.A. Rams

3 (Dec. 17, 1950 – Dec. 23, 1951)

T.Y. Hilton

Indianapolis

3 (Jan. 4, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015)

Randy MossHOF

Minnesota

3 (Jan. 9, 2000 – Jan. 6, 2001)

Jerry RiceHOF

San Francisco

3 (Jan. 8, 1989 – Jan. 6, 1990)

 

 

 

Davante Adams

Green Bay

2* (Jan. 12, 2020 – Jan. 19, 2020)

Marquise Brown

Baltimore

2* (Jan. 11, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021)

*active streak

RUNNING ON THE TUNDRA: Green Bay running back AARON JONES recorded two touchdowns in both the NFC Divisional playoffs (two rushing) and NFC Championship game (one rushing, one receiving) last season, his first two career postseason games.

With at least two touchdowns on Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams (4:35 PM ET, FOX/FOX Deportes), Jones would become the fifth player in NFL history and first since LARRY FITZGERALD (2009-10) with at least two touchdowns in three consecutive playoff games.

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with at least two touchdowns in NFL history:​

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES (DATES)

 

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

3 (Jan. 18, 2009 – Jan. 10, 2010)

 

Emmitt SmithHOF

Dallas

3 (Jan. 14, 1996 – Dec. 28, 1996)

 

Gerald Riggs

Washington

3 (Jan. 4, 1992 – Jan. 26, 1992)

 

Ernest Givins

Houston Oilers

3 (Dec. 31, 1989 – Dec. 29, 1991)

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Jones

Green Bay

2* (Jan. 12, 2020 – Jan. 19, 2020)

 

*active streak

Los Angeles rookie running back CAM AKERS totaled 176 scrimmage yards (131 rushing, 45 receiving) in the Rams’ Super Wild Card Weekend victory, the second-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in a postseason game in the Super Bowl era.

With at least 100 scrimmage yards on Saturday at Green Bay (4:35 PM ET, FOX/FOX Deportes), Akers can become the sixth rookie in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in consecutive postseason games.

The rookies with at least 100 scrimmage yards in consecutive postseason games in NFL history:​

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES (DATES)

Jamal Lewis

Baltimore

2 (Jan. 14, 2001 – Jan. 28, 2001)

Curt Warner

Seattle

2 (Dec. 24, 1983 – Dec. 31, 1983)

Duane Thomas

Dallas

2 (Dec. 26, 1970 – Jan. 3, 1971)

Shonn Green

N.Y. Jets

2 (Jan. 9, 2010 – Jan. 17, 2010)

Sony Michel

New England

2 (Jan. 13, 2019 – Jan. 20, 2019)

 
 
 

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