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Will Mac Jones be the fourth rookie QB to win a playoff game?

Mac Jones, who seeks to win his playoff debut against the Buffalo Bills, is one of only 12 rookie QBs in NFL history to guide his team to the playoffs.

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Mac Jones, who seeks to win his playoff debut against the Buffalo Bills, is one of only 12 rookie QBs in NFL history to guide his team to the playoffs.
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The New England Patriots head to Buffalo on Wild Card Weekend to face off the Bills in round 1 of the AFC playoffs. And while they have a challenging matchup ahead of them, they believe in their rookie quarterback who has led the Patriots to the AFC’s best record in December.

Everybody, including Jones, knows that his performance last week in the final regular season was not stellar, but the 23-year-old has already said Wednesday that he knows what he needs to do ahead of the Bills game.

I can do a better job just by sticking to my readings and doing what I have to from the quarterback’s point of view,” he said. “Just to lead everyone and do it really well.”

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Will Mac Jones be the fourth rookie QB to win a playoff game?

Since 2011, there have only been 12 other rookie quarterbacks who started postseason games in the NFL with a minimum of 10 games. Now Mac Jones joins that list, leading the Pats to the playoffs and perhaps even winning the matchup against the Bills on Sunday

If he does so, he’ll become only the fourth rookie QB to win a playoff game, just after Rams’ John Wolford who helped Los Angeles to a 30-20 win in a 2020 Wild Card game. Before Wolford was Russell Wilson, who threw for 187 yards and a touchdown back in 2012, leading the Seattle Seahawks to their 24-14 victory over Washington.

Here is a list of rookie QBs in the NFL playoffs:

Rookie QBs in the NFL Playoffs since 2012

SeasonPlayerTeamResult 
2020John WolfordLos Angeles Rams30-20 W
2018Lamar JacksonBaltimore Ravens27-13 L
2016Dak PrescottDallas Cowboys 34-31 L
2016Connor CookOakland Raiders27-14 L
2015A.J. McCarron Cincinnati Bengals18-16 L
2012Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks 30-28 L
2012Robert Griffin IIIWashington Football Team24-14 L
2012Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts 24-9 L 

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