The AFC and NFC Championship start on Sunday. The Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers all have great quarterbacks. Three of the QBs were the number one pick in their draft. Tom Brady was picked number 199 in the sixth round. Each one of them has a special skill, besides leading their team into the championship game. Here are the rankings of the four remaining quarterbacks in the postseason.
4. Broncos (Peyton Manning)- Field General
Manning is in the after prime of his career. At 39 it hasn’t been the best season. He only threw for nine touchdowns, adding 17 interceptions. He still looks like his body is banged up despite managing a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning still has his intelligence as probably the best field general in NFL history. He doesn’t have the physical tools like he had 10 years ago, but if Denver wants to advance to the Superbowl they need that and the defense to play well.
3. Cardinals (Carson Palmer)- Strong Arm Passer
Palmer is one of the best arm strength quarterbacks in the game. He can make deep throw passes all over the field and it helps with a great wide receiving core. Although Palmer looked scared in the game against the Green Bay Packers, he threw three touchdowns to two interceptions. The game winning touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald puts them up against the Panthers. Palmer got his first win of his career in the postseason. He going to need to take an aggressive approach to pull an upset in Carolina.
2. New England (Tom Brady)- Intense/Pocket Passer
Brady is Brady. Anyone can put him up there with Montana as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. He continues t0 dominate the game in different ways. He has no offensive line, no running game combined with a banged up receiving core and yet he finds a way. Brady had a great season despite nagging injuries all over the team. He shows the intensely on the field and making plays as a pure pocket passer. He releases the ball faster than any other quarterback under two seconds. Don’t be surprise if he beats the Broncos and possibly goes for his five Super Bowl title.
1. Carolina (Cam Newton)- Dual Threat
What can’t Newton do on the field. He is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the game. He can possibly win the MVP and offensive player of the year leading a 15-1 team into the championship. He can make zip passes to unfamiliar receivers. He’s also had 10 rushing touchdowns during the season. The team is on a roll even if they almost blew it against the Seattle Seahawks. If they continue that trend against the Cardinals, don’t be surprise if they won the Super Bowl against the Broncos or Patriots.