Kirk Cousins is one four quarterbacks set to make their first NFL playoff start this weekend. That means quarterbacks for the eight other teams have already experienced this milestone. Here's how they did. But first...
* Note that Cousins will be 27 years and 144 days old Sunday when the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers. Of the quarterbacks already with a playoff start on their résumé, only Kansas City's Alex Smith, then with San Francisco, was older (27-252). Houston's Brian Hoyer, 30, will make his first start along with Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater (23) and A.J.McCarron (25).
* Here are the stats for the non-hateful eight, listed oldest to youngest at the time of their first playoff start:
Alex Smith (27-252)
2011, W 36-32 (home)
24-42, 299 yards, 57.1% completion percentage, 3 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions, 103.2 QB rating
Notes: In three career playoff games, Smith has nine touchdown passes and zero interceptions
Aaron Rodgers (26-039)
2009, L 51-45 OT (away)
28-42, 423 yards, 66.7%, 4 TDP, 1 INT, 121.4 QB rating
Notes: Arizona's Kurt Warner outdueled Rodgers in what remains the highest scoring playoff game in NFL history. Over 11 playoff starts (6-5), Rodgers averages 271 yards, 2.1 TDP, 0.6 INT while completing 65.3 percent of his passes.
Carson Palmer (26-012)
2005, L 31-17 (home)
1-1, 66 yards
Notes: Palmer suffered a serious knee injury on his first pass attempt. As for the first playoff game he finished
2009, L 14-24 (home)
18-36, 146 yards, 50.0%, 1 TDP, 1 INT, 58.3 QB rating
Cam Newton (24-246)
2013, L 23-10 (home)
16-25, 267 yards, 64.0%, 1 TDP, 2 INT, 79.9 QB rating
Notes: Newton owns a higher completion percentage in three playoff games (61.3) than during the regular season (59.5).
Tom Brady (24-169)
2001, W 16-13 (home -- tuck rule >Super Bowl)
32-52, 312 yards, 61.5%, 0 TDP, 1 INT, 61.5 QB rating
Notes: You might know this game as the "Tuck Rule" game. Brady finished the postseason winning the first of four Super Bowls
Russell Wilson (24-038)
2012, W 24-14 (away)
15-26, 187 yards, 57.7%, 1 TDP, 0 INT, 92.9 QB rating
Notes: Yes, you might remember this game, if not attended it FedEx Field. So much changed for both the Seahawks and Redskins since that day. Cousins completed 3 of 10 passes for 30 yards in relief of the injured Robert Griffin III.
Peyton Manning (23-298)
1999, L 19-16 (home)
19-42, 227 yards, 45.2%, 0 TDP, 0 INT, 62.3 QB rating
Notes: Manning went 0-3 in first three playoff starts, completing 47% of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions while averaging 186 yards. He was 27 years, 286 days old when he won his first playoff game as a starter.
Ben Roethlisberger (22-319)
2004, W 20-17 (home)
17-30, 181 yards, 56.7%, 1 TDP, 2 INT, 57.8 QB rating
Notes: Since winning the Super Bowl in 2008/09, Roethlisberger is 2-3, having lost three straight starting with the Super Bowl in 2010/11 against Green Bay.
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