The NFL regular-season is in the rear review mirror. Now, 14 teams have their eyes set on the 2023 NFL playoffs and the Lombardi Trophy. Of the 14 teams, half will be led by quarterbacks that have never started a game in the playoffs.
7 QB’s Make Postseason Debut During 2023 NFL Playoffs
Of the seven quarterbacks, four will feature in head-to-head matchups. Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers will take on the Lawrence-led Jacksonville Jaguars, while veteran quarterback Geno Smith will lead the Seahawks against seventh-round rookie Brock Purdy and the 49ers.
There was speculation that Lamar Jackson might start for the Ravens against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, Jackson revealed that his knee injury is taking longer than expected to heal. Huntley has seen significant time in the starting role during the 2022 season in Jackson’s absence. Although, he will be in unfamiliar territory as he makes his playoff debut on Sunday night.
The Miami Dolphins ruled out Tua Tagovailoa as he remains in concussion protocol. Teddy Bridgewater has playoff experience, but injury concerns led to Skylar Thompson being named the starter for the 2023 NFL playoffs. Thompson will join Brock Purdy as the only seventh-round rookies to start a playoff game in NFL history. The Dolphins take on the Buffalo Bills, with hopes of pulling off what would be the biggest upset of the Wild Card weekend, according to oddsmakers.
Then there is Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. New York will be making their first playoff appearance since the 2016 season. The Giants have not won more than five games in a season since then, so a playoff berth was a bit of a surprise. Jones helped lead the Giants to nine wins this season, with hopes of making it 10 against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.