Three of the four oldest quarterbacks in playoff history played this weekend

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When Tom Brady took the field on Saturday against the Titans, he became just the second quarterback in NFL history to play a postseason game after turning 42. Brady was already the second-oldest quarterback to play in the playoffs, an accomplishment he reached last year. (Only George Blanda, who played quarterback for the Raiders in a playoff game at age 43, was older.)

By the time the weekend was over, two other quarterbacks became the third- and fourth-oldest quarterbacks ever to play in an NFL postseason game.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who turns 41 next week, became the third-oldest playoff quarterback ever in the Saints’ loss to the Vikings.

And Eagles quarterback Josh McCown, who turns 41 in July, became the fourth-oldest playoff quarterback ever when he took the field to replace injured starter Carson Wentz on Sunday.

So three of the four oldest quarterbacks to play in the playoffs in NFL history played over the weekend. All three of them lost, in a rough weekend for the old guys.

24 responses to “Three of the four oldest quarterbacks in playoff history played this weekend

  1. This is just a sign of ushering in the new wave of young quarterbacks that will take over the league for at least another decade or more. It’s a new decade and truly a new era. We are living in exciting times as football fans. I said football fans not team fans. As a neutral football fan, I think the game is at good hands. If Brady and Brees come back next year and rewrite new chapters in their careers, that’s great for football too. I love this game!

  2. Imagine a 2nd year QB starting in 2019 with success and still starting in 2039 with success.

    Even though everyone is trying to diminish it, that is what Tom Brady is currently doing.

  3. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 6, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    You really think Brady “played” ? Looks like he threw the game away.
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    Too bad he didn’t have a guy pretending to be security with a Bluetooth device telling Belichick what the opponent is about to do eh? 🙂

  4. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:

    You really think Brady “played” ? Looks like he threw the game away.

    Considering the Patriots drop every 4th pass, trying to tip Logan Ryan the ball, atrocious run game highlighted at the TEN 1, why risk a loss in the superbowl? Since that is so damaging according to Joe Montana people.

  5. I can’t speak on Brady’s performance but in two consecutive postseason games, DB9 turned the ball over late in the game, directly resulting in the Saints elimination from the playoffs. He just surpassed Peyton as the biggest regular season stat-padder and postseason choker in NFL history. The fact that the Saints have only appeared in one Super Bowl despite the continuity of he and Peyton being together for 14 seasons is borderline criminal. Meanwhile, the geezer in New England has appeared in 9, winning 6, in the 19 seasons they’ve been together. Brees may be the biggest underachiever in the history of the league.

  6. All three need to retire. Brees and Brady trying to outlast each other for records. Manning did it all in fewer games with less attempts, and never had athletic freaks like Michael Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Gronk, Randy Moss, Colston, Aaron Hernandez, etc. And don’t give me Wayne and Harrison. They’re Santana Moss and Santonio Holmes without Manning, not Hall of Fame receivers with freakish athletic abilities like the previous mentioned Saints and Patriots guys.

  7. sityourselfdown says:
    January 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Considering the Patriots drop every 4th pass, trying to tip Logan Ryan the ball, atrocious run game highlighted at the TEN 1, why risk a loss in the superbowl? Since that is so damaging according to Joe Montana people

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    He’s already lost several, what’s another one?

  8. Brady is the only player left from the 2000 draft, Brees is the only player left from 2001 and McCown is the only one left from 2002. The only player left from 2003 plays this weekend — Terrell Suggs.

  9. I like Brees but he has had three disappointing years in the postseason.
    He could be back, but its Paytons call.
    Belechick may not want Brady back, but his receivers didnt help him, these last four games.

  10. Marvin Harrison routinely broke the ankles of DBs trying to cover him, not to mention running right by, most of them.

    Harrison MADE Peyton Manning
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    He never had 100 catches or 1000 yards in a season untill Manning came along. Peyton went number 1 in the draft for a reason. He was simply more talented. Brady is a product of a team and the machine that is Bills creation. Just like Matt Cassell, 11-5…

  11. “Brady is the only player left from the 2000 draft, Brees is the only player left from 2001 and McCown is the only one left from 2002. The only player left from 2003 plays this weekend — Terrell Suggs.”

    Nice nugget of NFL history if that is correct.

  12. Tribeofone – why the drop off from 19-1 to 11-5 with no playoff appearance? Quit being so jealous of Brady. Appreciate the player. I had Manning ahead of Brady until the last couple years. I loved watching Manning play. Once Brady got ring #5 and #6 that is when I made the switch. Manning had more talent but Brady more success.

  13. Marvin Harrison routinely broke the ankles of DBs trying to cover him, not to mention running right by, most of them.

    Harrison MADE Peyton Manning
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    HGH also made Peyton Manning in Denver.

  14. Harrison played with ancient Jim Harbaugh before Manning.

    Manning struggled mightily when Harrison got injured his rookie season, thats when the interceptions went up.

    If you dont believe me, ask Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson, Charles Tillman who they thought the best receiver they ever covered was ?

  15. why the drop off from 19-1 to 11-5 with no playoff appearance?
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    Yeah….Going from 16-0 to 11-5 is the same drop mathematically as from 11-5 to 6-10.

  16. factschecker says:
    January 6, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    Imagine a 2nd year QB starting in 2019 with success and still starting in 2039 with success.

    Even though everyone is trying to diminish it, that is what Tom Brady is currently doing.

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    For a clearer picture, imagine Lamar Jackson in his second year after playing behind Joe Flacco last year, starting in 2019, winning the Super Bowl this year, then starting a home playoff game as a Division Winning QB in 2039 (his 16th), after having played in 41 playoff games, acquiring 6 Super Bowl Rings, playing in 9 Super Bowls, and 13 Championship Games, and having a legit shot to win it all again. Then, imagine that 2019 is not the end and he plans to play 3 more seasons. It’s hard to imagine a player on your team having that level of success during a window that stays open long enough for you to have a child, and have that child graduate college and get a job or give you grandchildren. That’s what happened to me. My kids have never known anything but Tom Brady and wild success, and now they have their own kids, and the beat goes on.

  17. Peyton made his receivers. He had his best year in Denver turning Julius Thomas into a pro bowler.

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    nflhistorybuff68 says:
    January 6, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    Marvin Harrison routinely broke the ankles of DBs trying to cover him, not to mention running right by, most of them.

    Harrison MADE Peyton Manning

  18. Brees has been the best player in the league in each of the last two seasons in terms of limiting negatively graded throws, and was PFF 2018 #1 QB (94.6) and this season is again near the top at 91.2
    Brees is playing great.

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