NFL Quarterbacks Ranked by Playoff Performance
Which quarterback has had the best playoff performance of all time? Does playoff performance dictate who’s the best quarterback in the NFL? From playoff wins to passing yards and interceptions, there’s much to consider when looking at NFL playoff records. We created the NFL Quarterback Playoff Performance Index in order to determine which quarterback had the best showing in playoff games.
To compile our Index, we looked at the playoff wins as a starting quarterback, win percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, passes intercepted, passes completed, pass attempts, and passer rating for NFL starting QBs with at least two playoff wins. Playoff wins were quadruple-weighted, and all other statistics were weighted normally. Which NFL quarterback came out on top?
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Quarterbacks With the Best Playoff Performance
For anyone who is even a casual football fan, it should come as no surprise that Tom Brady tops the list. Tom Brady’s playoff record is impressive. In his 20 years with the New England Patriots, Brady helped the team achieve 30 playoff wins, the most wins for a QB in the playoffs in history. His passing yards, attempts, and touchdowns are leagues ahead of anyone else in the NFL. He already has six Super Bowl wins; it would be quite a feat for him to bring his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to Super Bowl LV at their home stadium.
Second on the list is NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana. With a stunning four Super Bowl wins and 16 playoff wins, his playoff performance was extraordinary. He led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl wins and was the first player ever to be named Super Bowl MVP three times. While his legacy will always be tied to the 49ers, he also had playoff success once he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coming in third is Peyton Manning. The majority of his playoff success came from his tenure as starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, but he also found playoff success with the Denver Broncos. He is second only to Tom Brady in playoff passing yards, passes completed, and pass attempts. He also ranks fifth for most playoff wins and fourth for playoff touchdowns.
The following are the top 10 quarterbacks on the list and their NFL Quarterback Playoff Performance Index scores:
- Tom Brady: 1036.17
- Joe Montana: 648.43
- Peyton Manning: 643.26
- Brett Favre: 583.53
- Ben Roethlisberger: 555.79
- John Elway: 555.52
- Aaron Rodgers: 644.09
- Terry Bradshaw: 521.47
- Drew Brees: 502.56
- Troy Aikman: 500.61
There’s no denying that these quarterbacks have had impressive NFL playoff results. Many are already in the Hall of Fame, and the ones who aren’t likely will be soon. It will be interesting to see how well the active players do to improve their playoff performance statistics in the coming years.
Tom Brady to Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Will His Stats Keep Climbing?
On March 20, 2020, Tom Brady took millions of Patriots fans by surprise when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had been with the Patriots for 20 years and was beloved by their fans, helping the team win six Super Bowls. While the Brady to Bucs news was hard on the Patriots and their fans, they wished him well by posting billboards outside of Gillette Stadium thanking him for all he’s done for the team.
Bucs Nation was in for another surprise when Rob Gronkowski, Brady’s former teammate on the Patriots, came out of retirement to sign with the Tampa Bucs. The head coach of the Buccaneers, Bruce Arians, said Brady was instrumental in getting Gronkowski onto the team. It will certainly be an exciting season for Tampa Bay football.
Where Is Super Bowl 2021?
As of right now, Super Bowl LV is set to take place on Feb. 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Super Bowl LV will be the third Super Bowl held at Raymond James Stadium and the fifth held in Tampa. This Tampa Super Bowl will be the second in a row held in Florida; Super Bowl LIV was at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Raymond James Stadium, colloquially called “Ray Jay” by fans, is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the South Florida Bulls, and the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers. It has a seating capacity of 65,618, which can be expanded to 75,000 with additional temporary seating. In addition to being Super Bowl 2021’s location, the stadium also hosted Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
Regardless of which teams make it to Super Bowl LV, it’s bound to be an exciting game!