Power Ranking the Greatest Playoff QBs in NFL History

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IFebruary 7, 2012

Power Ranking the Greatest Playoff QBs in NFL History

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    Tom Brady and Joe Montana sit atop the NFL quarterback all-time playoff wins list with a remarkable 16 postseason victories in their careers. 

    There are a multitude of other signal-callers who experienced immense success in the playoffs. 

    After the colossal clash between Eli Manning and Brady, it's time to power rank the best playoff quarterbacks in the history of the league.

9. Terry Bradshaw

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    Before you immediately scroll to the bottom of the page to leave a scathing comment, Pittsburgh Steelers fans, hear me out. 

    Bradshaw was one of the best, most accomplished quarterbacks in the history of the game with four Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVPs. 

    He won a respectable 14 playoffs games to only five losses. 

    However, the Steel Curtain defense was a integral part of those successful Pittsburgh clubs. 

    Bradshaw finished his career with 30 postseason touchdowns and 26 interceptions. During the early stages of his career, he rarely threw the football. 

    He won his first two Super Bowls without completing more than 15 passes in any postseason contest. 

    Yes, the game was different then, but Bradshaw has to give a great deal of credit to his tremendous defense. 

8. Ben Roethlisberger

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    Roethlisberger has 10 career playoff wins to only four losses. 

    He's just as tough as Bradshaw was and is far more accomplished as a passer. 

    Big Ben has tossed 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in the playoffs and has run for three scores. He, too, has had the luxury of being on Steelers' teams with great defenses, but his two Super Bowl rings were more on him than Bradshaw. 

    A healthy Roethlisberger should compete for the Super Bowl every year. 

7. John Elway

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    In his 21 playoff appearances, Elway has 14 wins and seven losses. 

    The beginning of his career was marred with playoff and especially Super Bowl embarrassment, but he resiliently fought to win back-to-back Super Bowls at the end of the 1990s. 

    Yes, he didn't win a title until he had a magnificent running game, but Elway was one of the most prolific passers and gutsiest signal-callers of all time. He has 27 passing touchdowns an 21 interceptions during his playoff career. He also added six rushing scores.

    Elway did advance to consecutive Super Bowls twice, which is not any easy thing to do. 

    Remember "The Drive?"

    A legendary playoff moment. 

6. Bart Starr

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    Starr lost his first playoff game with the Green Bay Packers in 1960 against the Philadelphia Eagles. 

    He never lost a postseason game again. 

    With nine wins and one loss, Starr's .900 winning percentage is the best in history when it comes to quarterbacks with more than two playoff starts. 

    His passing statistics are phenomenal for the time period, too. 

    Although he did win a playoff game going only 1-for-1 for 10 yards against the Baltimore Colts in 1965, he typically threw it often. 

    The Packers' icon finished his career with 15 playoff touchdowns, three interceptions and a quarterback rating of 104.8. 

5. Roger Staubach

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    This Cowboys legend has 11 career playoff wins and six losses. He led Dallas to four Super Bowls and won two of them, once being named the game's MVP. 

    He threw it more often later in his career and was relatively successful in the the postseason. 

    Staubach tossed 24 touchdowns to 19 interceptions during his time in the playoffs with the Cowboys. 

    Another courageous signal-caller that did whatever it took to win. 

    Who knows, maybe if tight end Jackie Smith catches the touchdown pass from Staubach that hit him right in the chest, No. 12 may have won another ring. 

4. Eli Manning

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    Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs and a respectable eight playoff wins in his 11 postseason appearances, five of which came on the road. 

    That's huge. 

    He's stepped in and delivered in the most hostile environments, and has beaten Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on the game's biggest stage.


    The Giants have had two extremely aggressive defensive lines to help Manning's cause in the playoffs, but he's been outstanding with the season on the line more often than not. 

    He has 17 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in his postseason career. 

3. Troy Aikman

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    Aikman had an illustrious career with the Cowboys and formulated a legitimate dynasty in Dallas in the 1990's. 

    He won three Super Bowls in a four year span and was the ringleader of one of the most efficient offenses in the history of the game. 

    Aikman has 11 career playoff wins and only four losses. 

    A staple of consistency in the early '90s.

    He finished with 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions during his playoff tenure with the Cowboys. 

2. Tom Brady

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    Yes, Tom Brady just lost Super Bowl XLVI. 

    Yes, he hasn't won a Super Bowl since 2005 and yes, his legacy was a bit tarnished in his second-straight Super Bowl loss.

    However, he's still one of the best ever.

    Think about it.

    Brady took one of the worst defenses in the NFL, an offensive void of a deep threat wide receiver to the Super Bowl.

    Not any easy task.

    He's got 16 career playoff wins and will soon own the all-time record.

1. Joe Montana

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    Montana's tied for the most playoff wins in history and was a perfect 4-0 in the Super Bowl. 

    In fact, he threw 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his four Super Bowl appearances. 

    Really, the reasoning could end there. 

    He lost his last two playoffs games as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, in the twilight of his career.

    When he was in his prime, there was no one better in January than Joe Montana.