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How they stack up: Rating the NFC playoff QBs

Rodgers and Smith at opposite ends among NFC QBs

This could be the greatest field of starting quarterbacks in NFC playoff history. It certainly is the most prolific. And there is Alex Smith, right in the middle of five other NFC QBs who combined this season to throw for an astronomical 24,267 yards and 190 TDs passing. Even after delivering the best performance of his seven-year career, Smith has a difficult time measuring up with this group.

If this year's conference playoff tournament turns into a throwing contest, Smith will be a decided underdog against each of the other passing heavyweights who share space with him and the 49ers in this year's field of NFC contenders. Smith had a career-high 3,150 yards passing this season – the most by a San Francisco quarterback in nine seasons – and he still didn't even come within 1,00...

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