A History of Rookie Quarterbacks in the NFL Playoffs

January 12, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys will become the 22nd rookie quarterback to start an NFL playoff game.
Nobody knows exactly what to expect, especially since the fourth-round pick experienced unprecedented success during his rookie season despite the fact he was only the eighth quarterback selected in his draft class. His 104.9 passer rating was the highest qualified mark for a rookie in league history, but he's faced with having to make even more history by becoming the first-ever rookie signal-caller to lead his team to a Super Bowl.
To get a feel for the kind of precedents Prescott is looking to establish with the top-seeded Cowboys over the next few weeks, let's consult the history books regarding rookie quarterbacks in the playoffs. 
The real deals and the replacements
There are two groups of quarterbacks who have started playoff games as rookies.
The first group...

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