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Ranking all 14 NFL playoff quarterbacks by confidence they inspire

How much confidence do each of the playoff quarterbacks inspire?

It’s playoff time, finally. The AFC and NFC fields are now set and the countdown is starting for their bracket-style eliminations to see who stands alone. After 18 weeks and 17 games, each conference has sent seven teams to their own little single-elimination tournament. Quietly as kept, the league has turned over the reigns to a new generation of signal callers, which was cemented when Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys eviscerated Tom Brady’s Bucs last wild-card round and sent him into retirement.

Now, the majority of the upper echelon spots is manned by players in their late 20s, with Prescott and the Rams’ Matt Stafford being the graybeards on the NFC side and Patrick Mahomes on the AFC side. The rest of the field is a mixture of young guns and cagey veterans fighting to extend or create their legacies.

Here’s how we see the advantages, or disadvantages, at the game’s most important position for the field of 14.

Pttsburgh Steelers Mason Rudolph

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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

 

Green Bay Packers Jordan Love

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield

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Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Jared Goff

Houston Texans C.J. Stroud

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Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco

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Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa

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Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Hurts

San Francisco 49ers Brock Purdy

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Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Purdy will be on a mission to prove that if he didn’t get injured against the Eagles in the NFC Conference championship game last year, the 49ers would be looking to defend their title, not win their first since the 1990s.

Buffalo Bills Josh Allen

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Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Allen is a turnover machine, but he’s also a touchdown machine who has had some monster playoff games over the years.

Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson

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Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson is likely coming home with a second MVP trophy, but his playoff performances have been putrid through the air and inconsistent on the ground.

Los Angeles Rams Matthew Stafford

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stafford rarely has a bad playoff game and somehow led the Rams back to the playoffs when they were supposed to be rebuilding. He’s got a Lomdardi under his belt as well.

Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Prescott has been the best passer in the NFL this season and has been great at times in the playoffs as well.

Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Down year? Absolutely. But it’s Patrick Mahomes, two-time Super Bowl MVP, two-time regular season MVP.

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire