One of these quarterbacks is not like the others.
Patrick Mahomes, Matthew Stafford, Joe Burrow and . , , drum roll please . , , Jimmy Garoppolo.
Three franchise quarterbacks who performed in stellar fashion over the stellar weekend of the NFL Divisional Playoffs and one man who is waiting to be traded or released to play elsewhere in 2022. The two will be at the Super Bowl on February 13.
Mahomes brought his team back twice in the final 1:02 Sunday night, propelling the Kansas City Chiefs to a game-tying field goal despite receiving the ball in regulation for the final time with 13 seconds remaining. And then distance Kansas City in overtime. It was a 42–36 time at Buffalo, an instant all-time classic, certainly igniting arguments for a change in overtime rules because the Bills’ Josh Allen never saw the ball.
Stafford was 28 out of 38 for 366 yards, two touchdowns and no interception. He struck Cooper Kupp with a 44-yard strike with 28 seconds remaining to prevent the Rams from falling all the way. It set up a 30-yard Matt Gay field goal on the gun for a 30-27 victory and gave the Rams a third shot on the 49ers.
Burrow somehow tackled nine sacks and completed 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards in a 19-16 win over Cincinnati, calmly completing a 19-yard out route for the jammer chase with 20 seconds remaining . The Bengals ended Tennessee on a 52-yard field goal by Ewan McPherson.
No less dramatic was Garoppolo, but, as always, statistically inferior. In cold conditions, Garoppolo was 11 for 131 yards and 19 for one interception. He scored key completions for Deebo Samuel and George Kittel on a game-winning drive that set up Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal in a 13–10 win over the Green Bay Packers.
But when it moved to third and seventh, coach Kyle Shanahan opted to run the ball 9 yards with Samuel rather than risk going over Jimmy G. You think this happens with Mahomes, Burrow or Stafford? They are each the future of their respective franchises and can throw any route at any distance with precision.
Garoppolo struggles on the sideline passes and usually has an unspeakable turnover per game. And that was preceded by torn ligaments and sprains in his throwing thumb. Garoppolo led his team to six points in a divisional playoff, but if you polled the players, they wouldn’t want anyone else.
Jimmy G wins, and that’s really all they care about. He has seen how Garoppolo has handled the arrival of Tre Lance and worked in Shanahan’s system. He delivers when it matters, even if it doesn’t always come with a tempting pass or broken ground.
Can Garoppolo deliver two more wins and a Super Bowl ring? If so, he would be the first quarterback to leave his team after the championship as Baltimore’s Trent Dilfer won with a defensive juggernaut in 2000 and found himself in Seattle in 2001, with the Ravens choosing Elvis Grubak instead.
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— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) 24 January 2022
This week’s rankings with post-season records:
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (8-2): Mahomes has had to be more patient this season because the way he has defended, he had an early run of turnovers but heads into the driver’s seat at Sophie Stadium and the Super Bowl. His duel with Allen was a clinch in modern quarterback play.
2. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati (2-0): Burrow never lost his temper and was astounded by his lone interception, despite seeing his offensive line overwhelmed by Tennessee. The Bengals really have to give themselves to getting some bodyguards in the draft and free agency this off-season and he will be special for a long time.
3. Matthew Stafford, LA Rams (2-3): The Stafford Rams were utterly poor in Week 10 losing to 49th in the regular-season and then faded after a strong start in Week 18. Yes, he lost to Garoppolo twice. And if you lined up 32 NFL talent assessors and told them they could pick whomever they wanted, they would all take Stafford.
4. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (4-1): If Garoppolo defeats Stafford for the third time, it is likely to be a Super Bowl LIV rematch against the Chiefs and Mahomes. He will be forced to relive the post he missed for Emmanuel Sanders countless times. If this is Cincinnati, it will be the third time the 49ers have faced the Bengals in the Super Bowl. Joe Montana won against Ken Anderson and Boomer Asiason. Hopefully one or the other happens. Either way, great story.
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— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) 24 January 2022
josh allen The Bills never got a shot at overtime in a “sudden death” scenario where the Chiefs scored a touchdown on their first possession. He completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards, had four touchdowns for Gabriel Davis, rushed for 68 yards and threw eight touchdown passes without interception in two postseason games. The overtime rule is getting skewed, but the biggest problem was the Buffalo’s defense which disappointed Allen.
hard to believe tom brady It’s only going to hang after the Bucs were drawn from a 27-3 deficit to a 27-27 draw, only to see it all disappear on an ill-timed zero blitz by their own defense. The Rams’ turnover helped, but Brady thinks he’ll still be a force to be reckoned with at 45 if he wants to.
Aaron Rodgers All said, he’s heading out the door at Green Bay, which means retirement or a new team (Denver?). Unfortunately, his playoff legacy, which is light-years from his regular-season legacy, will go with him. . It’s heavy stuff after the way it was stopped by the 49ers.
Dak Prescott Off Dallas will be answering questions about his unfortunate, time-killing quarterback keeper against the 49ers in the wild card round until he wins the Super Bowl. He also advocated for fans to throw debris at officials. Evil eye, even with apologies.
Raiders’ Derek Carey The final game of the season against Cincinnati with the game on the line threw it short of the goal line. Now he’s looking forward to a new general manager, maybe he’ll have a new coach, and then find out if he’s getting a fresh start elsewhere. Has polarized the fan base for eight years. A handful of teams would love that.
It was an extremely disappointing post-season debut for Arizona Kyler Murray, Whose panic-filled pick-six helped them lose 34-11 in the wild card round against Rams.
Tennessee placed in the top seed with the Mirrors under Mike Wrabel, and also with a quarterback Ryan Tannehill Who threw three interceptions and got a 66.7 passer rating in home loss for the Bengals.
new england rookie mac jones Was functional and mostly error free for most of the season. But they were kept secret by Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniel and fade away when it mattered.
Does the future have its own quarterback in Philadelphia Jalen hurts? May be in pain like Mahomes and Allen, but there is no evidence he can throw like them.
Guess it’s over Ben Roethlisberger The Steelers, who have achieved more than you, may have hoped for over the years for someone who can no longer throw the ball down.