Tom Brady, Philip Rivers will be oldest pair of playoff starting quarterbacks

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In a season when so many young quarterbacks have played so well, a couple of old veterans are about to square off in the playoffs.

The Chargers are heading to New England to take on the Patriots, and that means 37-year-old Philip Rivers will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady. Their combined age of 78 is the oldest ever for two starting quarterbacks in an NFL postseason game.

Brady also had a share of the previous record, set three years ago, when he was 38 and faced off against the 39-year-old Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship Game.

There was once an even older pair of quarterbacks in a playoff game, on January 3, 1971, when 37-year-old Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts beat 43-year-old George Blanda and the Oakland Raiders. But although Blanda played almost the entire game, he came on in relief of the 29-year-old Daryle Lamonica, who started for the Raiders. So the record for starting quarterbacks belongs to Brady and Manning, and will be broken next weekend by Brady and Rivers.

22 responses to “Tom Brady, Philip Rivers will be oldest pair of playoff starting quarterbacks

  1. The winner of this game is winning the super bowl. The past few times the Patriots have lost in the playoffs, the winning team has gone on to win the super bowl. Great examples include the 2006 Colts, 2012 Ravens, and 2015 Broncos. If the Patriots can overcome the Chargers’ defense, there’s a good chance they’ll win the AFC championship game to go play in another super bowl.

  2. The Geritol bowl! I hope that SD defense gives the Pats fits. And SD plays very well on the road. Just ask Pittsburgh and KC. Send NE, who only has to play 10 regular season games each year, BIG advantage, back to their chowder for the winter!

  3. footballseasonrules : soooooo using 6 & 12 year old seasons as a reference point is relevant??
    That’s cute ….. man in 1978 & 1983 this happened so it tells me it’s gonna happen now
    The PATRIOTS ARE NOT EVEN GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL ……. now back to our scheduled programming

  4. wib22 says:
    January 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm
    cheating

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    What’s it like in your world? How many usernames are you up to now?? Good grief…

    If you want to come see the real trophies from the real results of the real Super Bowls, they’re on display in Foxboro.

    Ok, back to playtime…

  5. skawh says:
    January 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm
    The Geritol bowl! I hope that SD defense gives the Pats fits. And SD plays very well on the road. Just ask Pittsburgh and KC. Send NE, who only has to play 10 regular season games each year, BIG advantage, back to their chowder for the winter!

    And NE played well against Good teams just ask the

    Chiefs
    Colts
    Bears
    Texans
    Vikings

    All teams with winning records the Patriots beat this season
    More than any other team.

  6. skawh says:
    January 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    The Geritol bowl! I hope that SD defense gives the Pats fits. And SD plays very well on the road. Just ask Pittsburgh and KC. Send NE, who only has to play 10 regular season games each year, BIG advantage, back to their chowder for the winter!
    ———————————————————————————-
    This poster will never, ever recover from that SB loss. Ever.

  7. Absolutely love this matchup. I remember Brady saying in 2006, beating the LT 14-2 Chargers that they did NOT expect to win. Phil saying Brady was ‘damn good’
    Phil actually helped RECRUIT Peyton Manning himself to the AFCW saying it should be ‘more competitive’ even though they lost to Denver.

    Guy is well spoken and stuck with his team for the long run through trades, new players, new assistant coaches and still a playoff threat at his age… Philip Rivers that Is. also Tom is great too 😉

    Hellava matchup

  8. “footballseasonrules says:
    January 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm”

    Sorry to break it to you big guy, although I agree.
    2006/7 Chargers Patriots was divisional, leading to the great Brady Manning AFC game of 2007. Will be great though

  9. With all due respect I do not consider Philip Rivers great. Yet.

    I think he is an excellent quarterback who still have to get to the next level.

    If he advances this year my opinion will probably change.

  10. For those who never got to see him play, Blanda was amazing. Lamonica was streaky, and was nicknamed ‘the mad bomber’ for his habit of going for the deep ball all the time.

    That got him sacked – a lot – when roughing the passer was more of a strategy than a penalty.

    Blanda would come in, move the Raiders down the field, and either hit Branch/Casper/Biletnikoff for a TD, or kick a game-winning FG. Weird and wonderful things happened for the Raiders when Blanda stepped on the field.

    His closest comparison in this era would be Nick Foles. But only if Foles kicked field goals and extra points. And was a dozen years older when he did it.

  11. How come the league hasn’t punished the Ravens yet for bringing bats on the field in the intros, even though they were banned years ago?

    Fines and draft pick losses are in order as the Ravens have been caught many times breaking rules, I loathe cheaters with a passion.

  12. binarymath says:
    January 6, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    For those who never got to see him play, Blanda was amazing. Lamonica was streaky, and was nicknamed ‘the mad bomber’ for his habit of going for the deep ball all the time.

    That got him sacked – a lot – when roughing the passer was more of a strategy than a penalty.

    Blanda would come in, move the Raiders down the field, and either hit Branch/Casper/Biletnikoff for a TD, or kick a game-winning FG. Weird and wonderful things happened for the Raiders when Blanda stepped on the field.

    His closest comparison in this era would be Nick Foles. But only if Foles kicked field goals and extra points. And was a dozen years older when he did it.

    YES! I remember as a little kid watching Blanda come in and save the day for the Raiders! I was actually a fan of them back then.

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