Congrats to Seahawks, Steelers
Okay, Hasselbeck proved me wrong with a superb outing. Roethlisberger did about what I expected; which is show that he must be considered among the league's elite quarterbacks. If, as Tradesports is now projecting
, Pittsburgh wins the Super Bowl, Roethlisberger will pick up another important marker in his potential quest to be considered the greatest quarterback of all time. That's not to say he'll get there; Dan Marino was at this spot or better at a comparable point in his career.
But the Roethlisberger-Brady duel for Joe Montana's crown is probably going to be the story of the NFL for the next few years.
1. Craig Morton is the only quarterback to start and win both an NFC Championship Game (1970 for the Cowboys) and an AFC Championship Game (1977 for the Denver Broncos).
2. Little-remembered Tobin Rote won an NFL Championship game for the 1957 Detroit Lions and an AFL Championship game for the 1963 San Diego Chargers.
3. Both Johnny Unitas and Earl Morrall were starting quarterbacks for teams that won an NFL Championship and an AFC title.
4. The only quarterback in NFL history to win three consective road playoff games en route to the Super Bowl was Tony Eason of the 1985 New England Patriots. Ironically, Eason was yanked in the Super Bowl after throwing just six passes, all of which were incomplete.