NFL Divisional Playoffs: Predicting Each Quarterback's Fate This Weekend

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NFL Divisional Playoffs: Predicting Each Quarterback's Fate This Weekend
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Eight teams are left with a chance to win the Super Bowl, and eight quarterbacks are charged this coming weekend with leading their teams one step closer to a crack at the title.

Is it that simple? Can the divisional round of the NFL playoffs be boiled down to the guys under center? Yes and no.

But mostly yes.

Certainly with all the schemes and reads and checks and packages and complexities of a modern football game, it's not as easy as a coach saying, "Hey Peyton/Tom/Philip/Andrew/Russell/Colin/Cam/Drew go out and win this game for us."

It's not that simple, but maybe it can be. This weekend—with eight quarterbacks who have been so critical to the success of their franchises this year—everything hinges on which ones will stand tall and which will falter under the playoff pressure. 

It seems negative to think one or more of the quarterbacks this weekend will make a mistake that eliminates his team from the playoffs, but chances are, someone will.

There are, after all, a few staunch defenses still left in the playoffs. (See, it's about more than quarterbacks!) Colin Kaepernick may have looked like a magician when he escaped all over the field last week, but he's playing the Panthers on Sunday, not the Packers.

Andrew Luck torched the Chiefs defense in the second half the Colts' Wild Card Weekend victory, but that was at home, not in the elements in Foxboro. 

So which quarterbacks will shine and which will falter? With a special class left in the playoffs, they are all so talented that it's hard to just throw a dart to suggest one over the other. But let's do it anyway, using a bit of recent history and how each quarterback has fared against his divisional round opponent to help make things a little clearer.

Who is most likely to pull his team to safety, and who is most likely to sink?

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