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Brady vs. Brees, young coaches & an AFC/NFC experience chasm

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The NFL Playoffs are wonderfully bizarre this year, and I love it. As the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs kicks off later this afternoon, there are some fascinating storylines to watch – some of them can be beautifully illustrated with numbers. I previously did a breakdown of the matchups, as well as highlighted some players to watch. This, however, might help put this weekend into a little clearer perspective.

NFC vs AFC QB comparison

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That is … telling. It could not be more stark HOW much more experience NFC QBs have over their AFC counterparts.

And there are so many fascinating stats to dive deeper into:

Mr. Perfect vs. the kids

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24: The number of playoff wins by which Tom Brady exceeds the entire AFC QB field.

Old Mannnnn Riverrrr

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85: The combined age of Brady and Drew Brees, making it the oldest QB matchup in NFL playoff history

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Youngest coaching matchup in decades

Youngest coaching matchup in decades

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75: The combined age of the Rams Sean McVay and the Packers Matt LaFleur, making it the youngest head coach postseason matchup since Don Shula and John Madden in 1970.

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Battle of the most career touchdown passes

Battle of the most career touchdown passes

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1,152: Combined passing touchdowns by Brady and Brees. According to Elias, this will be the first time that the top two career leaders in touchdown passes will meet in the playoffs.

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Lamar Jackson chases Vick

Lamar Jackson chases Vick

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10: Career 100-yard rushing games by Lamar Jackson, second most all time to Michael Vick (11)

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Lamar Jackson chases himself

Lamar Jackson chases himself

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2,906: Rushing yards for Lamar Jackson since 2018, first among quarterbacks.

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Josh Allen chases Lamar Jackson!

Josh Allen chases Lamar Jackson!

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1,562: Rushing yards for Josh Allen since 2018, second among quarterbacks.

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2018 Draft was classy for QBs

2018 Draft was classy for QBs

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2018: Three of the four AFC quarterbacks remaining are from the 2018 class (Allen, Jackson, Baker Mayfield).

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John Harbaugh, road warrior

John Harbaugh, road warrior

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8: Career road playoff wins for John Harbaugh, the most in NFL history.

New kids on the block

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5: Number of divisional round playoff teams that were not in the divisional round last year (Rams, Browns, Bills, Bucs, Saints).

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Pat Mahomes just being the machine that he is

Pat Mahomes just being the machine that he is

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16:2: Patrick Mahomes’ career playoff touchdown to interception ratio.

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