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Henne’s Touchdown Shows Importance of Prepared Backup QB

Backup quarterbacks had a record-setting number of opportunities to step up this season, a year where more players started a game at QB than any season in NFL history. The trend of backups playing key roles has continued into the playoffs, the latest example being Kansas City’s Chad Henne leading his offense on a touchdown drive in the Divisional Round in a win over Jacksonville. While no backups are expected to start in either Conference Championship game (though the 49ers’ Brock Purdy began the year as a third-stringer), Marc Trestman explains why they’ll all be prepared as if they were the starter, and the importance of that prep work.

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