Tom Brady, Marcus Mariota have biggest age gap between playoff starting QBs

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Saturday night’s playoff game will be the battle of the ages.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be 40 years, 163 days old on Saturday and Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will be 24 years, 75 days old. That will make it the first time in NFL history that starting quarterbacks in a postseason game were more than 16 years apart.

The previous record for the largest age difference between playoff starting quarterbacks was 15 years, 166 days, when 37-year-old Steve DeBerg’s Chiefs beat 22-year-old Todd Marinovich’s Raiders in 1991.

Three other times there’s been a gap of at least 13 years between starting quarterbacks: Earl Morrall of the 1972 Dolphins was 14 years older than Terry Bradshaw when his team met the Steelers in the 1972 playoffs, and Morrall was 13 years older than Mike Phipps when the Dolphins met the Browns that same postseason. Kurt Warner was 13 years older than Matt Ryan when the Cardinals met the Falcons in the playoffs after the 2008 season.

The older quarterback won all four of the above-mentioned meetings. That may be a good omen for Brady and the Patriots.

54 responses to “Tom Brady, Marcus Mariota have biggest age gap between playoff starting QBs

  1. Technically Brady is old enough to be Mariota’s dad and Mariota is old enough to have his own children.

    #grandpa

  2. terripet says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    Mark it down Brady throws 2 interceptions

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    So that’s like 3-4 fewer than Andrew Luck would throw….but alas he has played his last game. What a complete waste of talent. Just another guy ruined by the worst organization in the NFL

  3. yaz67 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    Game will be over at halftime
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    True but let’s make this fun and guess the number of questionable penalties in patriots favor. Look out for the usual early 2nd quarter holding call on the Titans that will flip field position. Usually on kick return or early in a drive.

  4. The comparison stops with age. Marcus seems like a nice enough kid, but he’s destined to be a backup. By today’s standards he is a terrible QB

  5. im 17 years older than brady, but he is in awesome shape for 40+ and in the nfl. i would love to be in awesome shape, but its easier to eat a lot of stuff and watch tv. oh well!!

  6. “In his profession, Brady is ancient….LoL”

    Yet he led the league in passing so go ahead and laugh. Who’s the QB on your team and where did he rank in this season’s QBs? By definition no matter who it was or how young/old they are Brady was better since he’s #1.

  7. When you account for the Travis Kelce fumble that nobody seems to mention, I’d say the officiating in that game, while terrible, didn’t favor either team in particular.

  8. “tedmurph says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm
    The talent gap is bigger than the age gap.”

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    Hey man this guy has done the best he could. And probably had a BETTER collegiate career than Brady. If you recall the Titans were NOT his first choice, and if he took over for Brady due to a shoulder hit on the sideline next year as a backup, who says he would not have a few rings over his career.

    Guy is also the LEAST dramatic or ‘diva’ type player in the NFL. Like ACTUALLY the last one at the bottom of the list. Good for him being in this situation.

  9. Randy Couture was a UFC champion at 45. Brady can hit that benchmark too, except Couture only had to fight twice a year, while Brady has to do it every week for a few months.

  10. Listen folks, from the moment Marcus stepped foot on Oregon soil as a Redshirt Freshman, up until his Heisman win, I was the first who nicknamed him “Baby Brady” — and just look at him now (Grin-from-Ear-to-Ear!)

  11. bystanderhere says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm
    ah… the sweet sound of jealous trolls. Music to the Pats fans.
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    These people are crazy… there is literally not a single troll comment here at the moment, and definitely no Patriots “haters.” I think that sound you’re hearing is just the voices in your head.

  12. I don’t remember Todd Marinovich leading the Raiders to the playoffs. I only remember him dropping out of the league because of drug abuse. On Wikipedia it says he is still playing quarterback at the age of 48 for some world development league in California. Crazy.

  13. You heard it here: the winner of all 4 games this weekend will be the teams with better quarterbacks: Brady, Big Ben, Matty ice, Drew Brees.

    Remember me on Sunday night, you heard it here first.

  14. Looking forward to seeing the Titans two heismans again this week.

    The key to beating the Patriots besides the obvious interior pass rush is that Bill makes teams play left handed so practice left handed…there’s a lot more to it but I won’t get into it.

    I’m a honorary Patriots fans this season because of the gift(Jimmy Franchise) that they gave to my squad. Good luck and best wishes to the Pats as long as their interests doesn’t conflict with ours.

  15. When you account for the Travis Kelce fumble that nobody seems to mention, I’d say the officiating in that game, while terrible, didn’t favor either team in particular.
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    Exactly. Which is usually the case in Pats games too. It’s just that no one notices the non calls or bad calls on Pats because they have their hater goggles on

  16. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm
    yaz67 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    Game will be over at halftime
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    True but let’s make this fun and guess the number of questionable penalties in patriots favor.

    Let’s also keep count on how many times we see a NE D player trying to get to Mariota, with a arm around his neck from behind. How many Cornerbacks have to be hanging from Gronks arms or jersey before a flag is thrown. How many OPI calls against Gronk if he raises his hand away from his belt more that 2″. How many times Brady gets planted 3 seconds after the ball is gone.

    Easy to play that game.

  17. donttrollonme says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:53 am
    You heard it here: the winner of all 4 games this weekend will be the teams with better quarterbacks: Brady, Big Ben, Matty ice, Drew Brees.

    Remember me on Sunday night, you heard it here first.
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    Way to go out on a limb with your prediction and basically pick the favored (except NO) team in each game.

  18. The real reason folks don’t account for the calls that go against the Patriots is that the team frequently shrugs them off and keeps grinding toward victory. Less gritty teams can’t recover.

  19. JokerSC says:
    January 11, 2018 at 6:59 am
    When you account for the Travis Kelce fumble that nobody seems to mention, I’d say the officiating in that game, while terrible, didn’t favor either team in particular.
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    Exactly. Which is usually the case in Pats games too. It’s just that no one notices the non calls or bad calls on Pats because they have their hater goggles on
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    Gotta disagree with you on that one. When was the last time (serious question), a penalty against the Patriots changed things dramatically? I mean I literally cannot remember the last time a completed pass came back for a holding call? So, for you Patriot faithful – educate me.

    And to add to that, when was the last time a major call went against the Pats, i.e. Tuck rule, “on further review that was not a TD”, etc.?

    I would love to know, because from where I am sitting the calls go their way and have since the snowy day against the Raiders. But again, please throw some examples my way. Would be curious to know if I have a bias.

  20. @
    yaz67 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Game will be over at halftime
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    We know, it is going to be great! Go Titans!

  21. No doubt that at this point Mariota’s play isn’t on the same level as Brady’s. However, Titan’s coaching is horrible. One of the most predictable, lackluster offensive game plan in the league. If Marcus could get a little help on that account it might do wonders to improve his stats and his confidence.

  22. I do not understand why people are writing off Tenn. Guess they forgot that Jets playoff game a few years ago after NE beat them 45 to 3 or something like that on a Monday night.

  23. But again, please throw some examples my way.

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    The Pats don’t lose often but these three games stand out in my recent memory…

    11/30/15 Broncos – TD reversed on phantom holding call
    11/18/13 Panthers – Flag picked up on obvious endzone interference
    10/20/13 Jets – Phantom pushing call on FG

  24. harveyredman says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Gotta disagree with you on that one. When was the last time (serious question), a penalty against the Patriots changed things dramatically?

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    Don’t have to go too far back. Game vs Carolina on Oct 1st.
    Pats scored 14 unanswered points to tie the game at 30-30 with 3:04 to go- all momentum on Pats side.
    Now its 2:23 to go, Carolina has 3rd and 7 on their own 27 yard line.
    Cam Newton is sacked for 11 yard loss by Deatrich Wise to force a punt and potentially great field position for Pats to drive for a winning score.
    However … penalty called on Stephon Gilmore for illegal use of hands – 5 yard penalty and automatic 1st down.
    Panthers drive continues and results in a game winning field goal as time runs out.

  25. “One thing for certain, we know which QB had a better college career. The outcome of their NFL careers is still to be decided.”

    Lolz the college “careers” are absolutely meaningless other than reminiscing about them. And good luck to any QB achieving even half of what Brady has. Titans have a very good QB in Mariota and it looks promising that he’ll have a good career in the NFL.

    Brady’s “outcome” is already determined, he’s the best ever. Mariota has a long long way to go to come even vaguely close and does not have a Bill Belichick as his coach and GM.

  26. gotitan says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:06 am
    One thing for certain, we know which QB had a better college career. The outcome of their NFL careers is still to be decided.

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    Tebow had a better college career than both of them. Just sayin’.

    🙂

  27. If Mariota tries to run… he will say hello to our new friend James wearing 92. Can’t wait!

    🙂

  28. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:32 am
    I do not understand why people are writing off Tenn. Guess they forgot that Jets playoff game a few years ago after NE beat them 45 to 3 or something like that on a Monday night.
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    I’m not writing Tenn off… but the Jets were a better football team than the Titans are this year. So are the Patriots in several ways.

  29. I’m not writing Tenn off… but the Jets were a better football team than the Titans are this year. So are the Patriots in several ways.

    I mean the Patriots of this year are better than the Patriots were back then in several ways.

  30. People just need to stop. Seriously stop buying into the media narrative that Mariota is a good QB. You need to have a mind of your own…erase all names and loot at the stats…Mariota is always…always at the bottom. Blake Bortles destroys Mariota.

    He’s a good kid and you all drink the ESPN kool-aid. Bortles threw for more yards, more TDs, and had less INTs…and Bortles is garbage! Making Mariota a more smelly version of that garbage.

    Amazing…

  31. “I mean I literally cannot remember the last time…”
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    There was a pretty big call against them vs Indy in 2009 you might recall, the 4th and 2 play that was ruled short. It gift wrapped a SB win for the Colts against the Bears. Imagine if the Pats got that call and played Rex Grossman and the Bears – Brady would already have 6 rings and would be going for 7!

  32. Grumpysal:

    The 4th and 2 play was in the regular season.

    The issue with the playoff game where NE blew a 17 point lead was a killer face guarding call against Hobbs in the endzone. What made it a killer was that face guarding was made a legal play 2 years before the play.

  33. Holding not called in helmet catch superbowl on that play,wasn’t eli in the grasp on that play,chancellor mugging gronk,gronk getting mugged on almost every play.I get it..you only see what you want.Did you see last year when KC converted a 2pt conversion against pittsburgh and the phantom hold that negated it,giving pittsburgh the win?The refs apologized for it.Steelers are famous for the immaculate reception..blown call.

  34. Tuck rule..same year vs jets..Patriots lose.The reason you very rarely see a td called back on a penalty is NE is well coached but it does happen.How many times have you seen the Patriots being caught with 12 men on the field?Or panic in critical situations?How many times have you seen Brady take a sack that knocks them out of FG range.People bring up if this and if that but yet celebrate when a bad call goes their way or instant replay is in their favor.Seattle should have ran it they say..which team looked panicked????Should have been A td..clock it don’t clock it..who panicked.Both times big plays happened AGAINST the Patriots but who PANICKED.

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