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Oldest Starting Quarterback Matchups

Assuming Kurt Warner makes the start Sunday, the Favre-Warner matchup would be the 8th oldest (in combined ages) starting quarterback matchup in modern NFL history.

Oldest starting quarterback matchups, NFL, 1950-2009:

Combined Age Game Date Winning QB Age Losing QB Age
82 years, 44 days
GB 31, CAR 17 11/18/2007 Brett Favre 38-39 Vinny Testaverde 44-5
80 years, 84 days
CAR 25, ARI 10 10/14/2007 Vinny Testaverde 43-335 Kurt Warner 36-114
80 years, 67 days
DEN 21, SEA 16 10/11/1998 John Elway 38-105 Warren Moon 41-327
79 years, 283 days
CAR 31, SF 14 12/2/2007 Vinny Testaverde 44-19 Trent Dilfer 35-264
79 years, 260 days
NYJ 28, ATL 3 10/25/1998 Vinny Testaverde 34-346 Steve DeBerg 44-279
78 years, 352 days
NYG 19, MIA 14 12/5/1993 Phil Simms 39-32 Steve DeBerg 39-320
78 years, 288 days
DAL 13, TB 9 10/26/2008 Brad Johnson 40-43 Jeff Garcia 38-245
78 years, 224 days
ARI 30, MIN 17
12/6/2009 Kurt Warner 38-167 Brett Favre 40-57
78 years, 111 days
DEN 30, SEA 27 11/2/1997 John Elway 37-127 Warren Moon 40-349
77 years, 364 days
DEN 35, SEA 14 9/7/1997 John Elway 37-71 Warren Moon 40-293
77 years, 352 days
CHI 15, MIN 13 10/28/1996 Dave Krieg 38-8 Warren Moon 39-344
77 years, 104 days
SEA 38, SF 9 12/21/1997 Warren Moon 41-33 Steve Young 36-71

All 1990s and 2000s games. Looking at prior decades …

Oldest starting quarterback matchups, NFL, 1980-1989:

Combined Age Game Date Winning QB Age Losing QB Age
72 years, 188 days
HOU 20, DEN 16 11/2/1980 Ken Stabler 34-312 Craig Morton 37-241
72 years, 179 days
DEN 17, OAK 0 10/4/1981 Craig Morton 38-241 Jim Plunkett 33-303
72 years, 123 days
DEN 9, OAK 7
9/6/1981 Craig Morton 38-213 Jim Plunkett 33-275
72 years, 19 days
TB 20, MIN 10 10/18/1987 Jim Zorn 34-161 Tony Adams 37-223
71 years, 325 days
STL 14, PHI 11 9/25/1983 Jim Hart 39-149 Ron Jaworski 32-186

The Zorn-Adams matchup came during the last week of replacement games, and was the last game of both quarterbacks’ careers.

Oldest starting quarterback matchups, NFL, 1970-1979:

Combined Age Game Date Winning QB Age Losing QB Age
76 years, 173 days
SF 20, KC 3 10/5/1975 Norm Snead 36-66 Len Dawson 40-107
75 years, 163 days
MIN 21, DAL 10 10/26/1978 Fran Tarkenton 38-265 Roger Staubach 36-263
75 years, 147 days
KC 42, DEN 34 11/18/1974 Len Dawson 39-151 Charley Johnson 35-361
75 years, 139 days
WAS 24, NYG 3 10/20/1974 Sonny Jurgensen 40-58 Norm Snead 35-81
74 years, 143 days
WAS 38, SD 0 9/16/1973 Billy Kilmer 34-11 Johnny Unitas 40-132

44-year-old George Blanda played the majority of the game, but did not start, against 38-year-old Johnny Unitas and 36-year-old Len Dawson towards the end of the 1971 season.

Oldest starting quarterback matchups, AFL/NFL, 1960-1969:

Combined Age Game Date Winning QB Age Losing QB Age
74 years, 284 days
NYG 17, PIT 14 9/24/1961 Charlie Conerly 40-5 Bobby Layne 35-279
74 years, 56 days
PIT 44, NYG 17 11/22/1964 Ed Brown 36-27 Y.A. Tittle 38-29
73 years, 317 days
BOS 42, HOU 14 12/18/1965 Babe Parilli 35-225 George Blanda 38-92
73 years, 285 days
PIT 27, NYG 24 9/20/1964 Ed Brown 35-319 Y.A. Tittle 37-331
73 years, 281 days
HOU 31, OAK 0 9/10/1966 George Blanda 36-362 Cotton Davidson 34-284

Oldest starting quarterback matchups, NFL, 1950-1959:

Combined Age Game Date Winning QB Age Losing QB Age
71 years, 246 days
NYG 24, PHI 7 10/18/1959 Charlie Conerly 38-29 Norm Van Brocklin 33-217
71 years, 218 days
PHI 49, NYG 21 10/4/1959 Norm Van Brocklin 33-203 Charlie Conerly 38-15
71 years, 25 days
PHI 33, WAS 0 11/12/1950 Tommy Thompson 34-150 Sammy Baugh 36-240
70 years, 346 days
NYG 21, PIT 16 10/25/1959 Charlie Conerly 38-36 Bobby Layne 32-310
69 years, 362 days
PHI 27, NYG 24 10/5/1958 Norm Van Brocklin 34-346 Charlie Conerly 37-16

Oldest starting quarterback matchups, NFL Playoffs, 1950-2009:

Combined Age Game Date Winning QB Age Losing QB Age
75 years, 301 days
DEN 38, MIA 3 1/9/1999 John Elway 38-185 Dan Marino 37-116
74 years, 264 days
KC 28, HOU 20 1/16/1994 Joe Montana 37-219 Warren Moon 37-59
74 years, 83 days
OAK 38, NYJ 24 1/12/2002 Rich Gannon 36-23 Vinny Testaverde 38-60
74 years, 58 days
MIN 35, WAS 20 12/18/1976 Fran Tarkenton 36-319 Billy Kilmer 37-104
73 years, 248 days
DEN 23, NYJ 10 1/17/1999 John Elway 38-183 Vinny Testaverde 35-65

Potential Favre-Warner, Favre-McNabb, and Favre-Peyton Manning matchups would make this list.

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