BOSTON (CBS) — It’s championship Sunday in the NFL, and both games feature quarterback matchups with major age gaps in the starting quarterbacks. The young guns vs. the seasoned veterans..
History stands on the side of the old guys.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out an information nugget on Sunday morning, noting that the AFC and NFC Championship Games feature the largest gaps in age in conference championship history. Those matchups are, of course, the 41-year-old Tom Brady and the 23-year-old Patrick Mahomes in the AFC, and the 40-year-old Drew Brees against the 24-year-old Jared Goff in the NFC.
Schefter noted that in the past five games with the largest age disparity, the older quarterback has won all five times.
NFL Films upped the ante a bit, noting that “Only seven times in postseason history has there been a difference of 13 years or more between starting quarterbacks. All seven times, the older quarterback came out on top.”
This trend is not purely coincidental, of course, as playoff experience is as valuable a commodity as there is in the NFL. Certainly Brady and the Patriots will be hoping that history continues along this trend come Sunday night in Kansas City.