2014 NFL Playoffs: Power Ranking The QBs In The Conference Championship
Best Quarterbacks In The Conference Championship Games
We, as football fans, are in for a real treat this coming Sunday. As you surely know by now, the NFL Championship games are set, and two representatives from both the AFC and NFC will square off this weekend with the right to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The league simply could not have asked for better matchups. On the AFC side, we have Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots reaching the AFC title game for the third consecutive season, to take on Peyton Manning and his explosive Denver Broncos.
Manning vs. Brady matchups always make for incredible television. Add in the fact that it is the playoffs and a trip to the Super Bowl is on the line, and it could not get any better.
That is unless, you are a fan of hard-nosed, defensive football. If that is the case, then the NFC title game may be more up your alley. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have grown to be bitter rivals the past few seasons, and they will matchup this weekend for a chance to play for the Lombardi trophy. This game will unquestionably be an extremely physical battle between two tough teams.
The quarterbacks on the NFC side do not have the accolades of Brady and Manning, but both Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are incredible QBs in their own right. They represent the new age of the NFL. Wilson and Kaepernick are definitely part of the group that will be taking the torch from Manning and Brady whenever their incredible careers end.
While running backs of these teams like LeGarrette Blount, Marshawn Lynch and Knowshon Moreno stole the show last week, make no mistake, the quarterback position is the most important in all of sports. Each one of these guys are the most important player for their respective teams, and their play on the field this Sunday will be key.
Ranking these four elite level QBs was incredibly difficult, but I think I put together a solid list. I am sure there are plenty of varying opinions on this subject (and I would love to hear yours), but without further ado, here are my power rankings of the starting quarterbacks in this weekend's championship games.
4. Russell Wilson
Personally, I believe that Russell Wilson is without question an elite NFL quarterback. He is an incredibly accurate passer, makes great decisions, can make plays with his legs and is a great leader. Ranking him last on this list has much more to do with his competition than anything else. When rankings these four guys, I tried to think who I would personally want to lead my team into battle this weekend. I would trust Wilson, but let's be honest, compared to the other guys, he simply does not have the playoff experience.
3. Colin Kaepernick
While Colin Kaepernick may not have much more playoff experience than Wilson, he did help the San Francisco 49ers reach the Super Bowl last season. When it comes down to it, that was the tie breaker between the two. Regardless of position, Kaepernick is one of the most athletically gifted players in the NFL. His ability to make plays with his legs is almost unmatched. Kaepernick may not be as accurate of a passer as Wilson, but he certainly has a stronger arm. Kaepernick is a very tough and thick skinned player, he never seems to let anything bother him. He is now 3-0 on the road during the playoffs in his young career.
2. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning's 2013 season has been the single greatest by a NFL QB. He threw for an incredible 5,477 yards with a 68.3 percent completion rate. He set the NFL record with 55 touchdown passes and only threw 10 interceptions. Manning could be the greatest regular season quarterback of all time. That being said, he has historically struggled come playoff time. Manning does have one Super Bowl win, but his career playoff record is only 9-11. Obviously, there were other factors in those losses, but Manning has simply not been as good in the postseason, and that is why I could not put him first on this list.
1. Tom Brady
Tom Brady may not have the statistics of Manning, but he has always been a guy that saves his best for last. His career playoff record is 18-7, and those 18 wins are the most by any QB in NFL history. There simply is not a quarterback in the league that I would trust more in a playoff atmosphere than Brady. Manning has had an incredible season, and it is always hard choosing between the two, but Brady's track record is unprecedented.