(AP) -- Aaron Rodgers has won a Super Bowl and an MVP award. Joe Flacco has been to the playoffs in all five of his pro seasons.
They will be the rarities this weekend when three rookie quarterbacks, two in their second NFL seasons, and one veteran who has yet to appear in the postseason will lead the other teams in the wild-card round.
Those days of letting young quarterbacks watch from the sideline before getting their chance has gone the way of the single wing.
On Saturday night, Rodgers leads the Packers against Minnesota and second-year quarterback Christian Ponder. Earlier in the day, Cincinnati and its second-year signal caller, Andy Dalton, is at Houston. The Texans' Matt Schaub is in his ninth pro season, but this will be his first playoff game.
On Sunday, three rookies - Andrew Luck for Indianapolis, Robert Griffin III for Washington, Russell Wilson for Carroll's Seahawks - will guide their teams.