With four teams left in contention for the Super Bowl, the promise of a thrilling conclusion to the season draws near.
It is the quarterback position of the team that has a large say in this.
The leader of the offence touches the ball in almost every play for the attack. He has a crucial role in determining how his team will press forward. It is their throws, running yards and a possible touchdown that has a dramatic impact on the eventual result.
Let’s take a look at the star quarterbacks looking to take their sides to the final game.
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Rodgers and the Packers have made sterling progress in this year’s competition. Much of his side’s run of form can be put down to Rodgers ability to foresee various plays and instigate them with committed decision making.
Add a powerful frame and lightning-quick reflexes to that prospect, and you can see why he is such a successful big-game player.
But who is Rodgers, and what makes him so important to the Green Bay Packers?
At the age of 39, Rodgers has been a Super Bowl winner once before in 2010.
On that occasion, he helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers winning the match MVP in the process.
Many sportscasters and experts believe Rodgers to be on the way to becoming one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
The season MVP awards make that clear enough. If Rodgers can claim a third MVP, he will join a list of only five other players who have been honoured so many times.
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
Few people are betting against the Chiefs holding onto the Vince Lombardi Trophy again this year. A large part of that is down to their star performer Mahomes.
With current Super Bowl odds foreseeing another appearance in the final game for Kansas and Mahomes, let’s see what makes this player so crucial.
At 25, Mahomes is one of the younger QBs left in the race to the Super Bowl and has been called the greatest of his generation. He received the MVP award for the regular season and is hotly tipped to get another one for the Super Bowl.
As part of the team that won the Super Bowl last year, Mahomes and the Chiefs got a bye through to the divisional round. This means Mahomes will either be well-rested or slightly rusty when the next opposition to progression looms large.
What is certain is that he will be closely watched by everyone, looking out for his high-speed runs and searingly accurate unorthodox long-ball passes.
Another key string to the Mahomes bow is his unrelenting consistency. In 51 starts, he has won 42 of them, including the Supe Bowl last year.
Add to this the sheer point-scoring ability of the player, offering high point tallies even in defeat, and you start to see why he is so rated.
Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)
Allen has helped to transform the Bills into an exciting Super Bowl proposition. Without the stunning form of Mahomes and Rodgers, the 24-year-old would be favorite for a season MVP.
He is a major reason why Buffalo secured their first AFC East title since 1995.
This regular season saw Allen complete 37 touchdown passes, a new record for the team.
Allen has been improving every year and now stands as a genuine contender for the greatest title of all.
During the play-off stage he helped his side through with an impressive series of runs and two touchdowns.
Allen’s valuable partnership with wide receiver Stefon Diggs paid off yet again with the game’s first TD in the Divisional Round win against Baltimore Ravens.
Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Brady is a veritable legend in the game. With bucketloads of football experience at the highest level, the 43-year-old quarterback is into his 20th season and is hoping to make it another success.
A surprise transfer to Tampa from the New England Patriots – where he spent the whole of his previous career – was one of the most memorable news from the pre-season.
Whatever the reasons for Brady’s move were the decision looks to have been highly profitable. Not only in the $50 million two-year contract that Brady enjoys, but also in the Bucs’ excellent form throughout the season.
Brady helped the Bucs through to the last four teams still in the competition with another commanding performance against the New Orleans Saints.
After racking up a series of excellent wins inspired by the veteran QB, the Bucs look on course to figure highly in prospective wagers on the Super Bowl.
After all, Brady has been to the Super Bowl 9 times before, and he has picked up the Lombardi Trophy 6 times. Could this year be the 7th?
The Super Bowl this year promises to be a spectacular event. With so many deciding factors yet to be revealed, fans are bound to be on the edge of their seats.
One thing looks certain though – the sides’ respective quarterback will have a big say in whoever goes on to claim the trophy.