Assessing the four NFL QBs whose seasons just ended

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) celebrates after throwing a pass for a touchdown...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) celebrates after throwing a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:24 PM ET

What a fantastic first weekend of NFL playoffs, huh?

It might be a long time before we’re again treated to three heart-pounding post-season games like that in a 27-hour period.

The number might have been four had Andy Dalton not forgotten how to quarterback in the Cincinnati Bengals’ ugly 27-10 homefield loss to the streaking San Diego Chargers.

But that was the key on the weekend, wasn’t it: Quality quarterback play.

The four teams that won -- Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco -- all got it. At least in the second half, when it mattered.

On Saturday, the Colts’ Andrew Luck and Saints’ Drew Brees both struggled in the first half. Luck’s woes actually continued deep into the third quarter.

 


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