NFL postseason showcases AFC quarterback star power
After watching those four NFL playoff games that came down to the last snap, I couldn’t help but notice a disparity between the two conferences.
Where are the good, young quarterbacks in the NFC? Sure, you’ve got future Hall of Famers Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, and until a few days ago, Tom Brady. But where are the budding superstars in their mid-20s, about to enter their primes? There’s Kyler Murray with Arizona, but he laid a giant egg in the postseason this year. He actually played worse than the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts did, and the expectations for Murray are a lot higher.
Also, the bloom is off the rose for Dak Prescott after another Dallas playoff face plant. Plus, Prescott is closer to 30 than he is to 25. And, sure, Matthew Stafford had a great season, but he’s 33, nearer the end of his career than the beginning.
The AFC, however, is home to Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Joe Burrow, none of whom are older than 26. All three are amazing to watch, and could be wearing multiple Super Bowl rings (Mahomes already owns one) when their playing days are done. There’s no guarantee that will happen – see Dan Marino. But those franchises look to be perennial championship contenders because they’re set at the QB position for years, the way Green Bay has been with Rodgers.