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Friday Round-Up: Schrager: 2013 NFC Championship Among Playoff Games Between Young QBs In NFL History 

With the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Bills’ Josh Allen getting set to face off this weekend, Peter Schrager looked at some prominent young quarterback playoff matchups of years past, including the Seahawks vs. 49ers in 2013. 


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Peter Schrager Calls 2013 NFC Championship One Of The Best Playoff Games Between Young QBs In NFL History

Two of the most impressive young quarterbacks in the NFL will face each other in the playoffs for the second consecutive season when Josh Allen and the Bills visit Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs this Sunday. With both QBs coming off of virtuoso performances in the Super Wild Card round, the anticipation for the Divisional Round matchup got NFL Network’s Peter Schrager thinking about some of the top playoff matchups between young quarterbacks in league history.

Included in the list: the 1987 AFC Championship Game, also known as "The Fumble" game, featuring the Denver Broncos led by 27-year-old John Elway against a 24-year-old Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Browns; the 1995 NFC Championship Game, where the 29-year-old Troy Aikman led the Cowboys to a victory in a shootout against 26-year-old MVP Brett Favre and the Packers; and the 2013 NFC Championship Game, where Russell Wilson and the Seahawks defeated Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers to go on to Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Niners had gone 12-4 with Colin Kaepernick continuing to stymie teams with his legs and his arm, and were looking for their second straight Super Bowl appearance after having lost to the Ravens the year before. After going 11-5 and losing in the divisional round in 2012, the Seahawks were a hungry team in 2013, going 13-3 behind the continued emergence of Wilson, a near-prime Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, and a historically great defense headlined by the Legion of Boom.

"Two teams, lots of hatred, lots of hitting, and two young quarterbacks who were lighting the league up in their own ways that season," Schrager said. "Kaepernick was electric, throwing lasers to Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, and rushing for 130 yards on the league's most feared defense.

"But Wilson, when it mattered most, was better."

The Seahawks had climbed back from a 10-0 deficit, and took a 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter on a Wilson touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse on what Schrager called "one of the great plays in Seahawks history." Kicker Stephen Hauschka would add a field goal late in the quarter, and Richard Sherman's iconic tip of Kaepernick's pass to Crabtree in the endzone sealed a 23-17 victory for the Seahawks.

"Two awesome young quarterbacks, two awesome, hard-hitting teams who loved to play physical football, and the game delivered."

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