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NFL Playoffs 2020: Beginning the New Era of Quarterbacks

Super Bowl LIV will happen on February 2, 2020, at the Hard Rock Stadium.

But, before every NFL fan, flock to Miami Gardens, Florida, let us remind you that what we see today is the dawn of the new era of quarterbacks.

The majority of the QBs of all eight NFL teams in the playoffs hasn’t appeared in a Super Bowl.

Russell Wilson of Seattle Seahawks played in Super Bowl XLVIII. 

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was the Super Bowl XLV MVP (Most Valuable Player). Rodgers was also NFL MVP in 2011 and 2014.

Jimmy Garappolo of San Francisco 49ers played twice in the Super Bowl (XLIX and LI).

Other than Wilson, Rodgers, and Garappolo, here are the QBs who could be taking home a Super Bowl ring this year.

Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)

Cousins was drafted in 2012 and appeared in the Pro Bowl in 2016. It was the same year when he threw 458 passing yards, his career-high. Cousins finished the last season with 3,602 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.

Sean Mannion (Minnesota Vikings)

Mannion was drafted in 2015 and played for the Los Angeles Rams from 2015 to 2018. In 2019, he signed with the Vikings. Mannion is a starter QB.

Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)

Watson is out to prove his worth, which is what he was doing exactly since 2017. ESPN 300 ranked him as the No. 1 quarterback recruit of 2014. In 2018 and 2019, Watson appeared in the Pro Bowl.

A.J. McCarron (Houston Texans)

McCarron was also a starter QB who had his first start in week 17. During the game, he threw 225 yards, 39 rushing yards, and had a touchdown.

Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)

Mahomes, who was drafted in 2017, is also included in the 2018 and 2019 Pro Bowl. He was NFL MVP in 2018 as well.

Matt Moore (Kansas City Chiefs)

Moore was undrafted but went to play with Carolina Panthers in 2007. He became a starter when Chad Henne, the backup QB of the Chiefs, got injured. He also took over when Mahones had a knee injury.

Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans)

Mariota was drafted in 2015. He has the record for the first player to have a passing and receiving TD in an NFL playoff game. Mariota is also the first player who has a perfect passing rating as a starter.

Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans)

Tannehill was drafted in 2012 but was traded to the Titans in 2019. He was a replacement to Mariota in Week 6 and became a starter in Week 7. Tannehill set the franchise-record due to his 9.6 yards per attempt and 117.5 QB rating.

Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens)

Drafted in 2018, Jackson is the youngest QB to start a playoff game at only 23 years. He also holds the record for the most rushing yards by a QB (within a season). He appeared in the 2019 Pro Bowl. Jackson led the TD passes in 2019 with 36.

Robert Griffin III (Baltimore Ravens)

Griffin III drafted and appeared in Pro Bowl 2012. He was currently the backup QB of the Ravens, backing Joe Flacco and Jackson.

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