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Wild QB disparity

The Baltimore Sun

The prolific passers will come later. This weekend, the NFL's wild-card round offers a mixed bag of postseason quarterbacks, some more vulnerable than others.

Included in the NFC bracket is a 37-year old, undrafted refugee from the Canadian Football League (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jeff Garcia) and a 36-year-old journeyman (the Washington Redskins' Todd Collins) who hadn't started any game in a decade until last month.

The AFC's field includes a former fourth-round pick who threw only three interceptions this season (David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars) and a former first-round pick who threw 17 (Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans).

Perhaps even more tantalizing is that the top three quarterbacks from the celebrated 2004 draft - Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers - are in the playoffs together. Only Roethlisberger has a playoff victory to his name, and he won a Super Bowl. It would be a good time for Manning and Rivers to show they belong in his class.

It's a quarterback league, which is why the New England Patriots with Tom Brady, the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning, the Dallas Cowboys with Tony Romo and the Green Bay Packers with Brett Favre drew byes this weekend. That's also why the two likely Super Bowl quarterbacks will come from this group.

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