In the playoffs, a team will only go as far as their quarterback will take them. As the NFL has evolved over the years, no longer will just a rock-solid defense with an average quarterback be enough to carry a team to a Super Bowl title.
To go to the Super Bowl nowadays, a team must have a quarterback that can overcome late-game deficits, handle the pressure of the playoffs and put plenty of points on the board.
The last nine Super Bowls have been won by guys with names like: Manning, Brees, Rodgers, the other Manning, Brady and Roethlisberger. What is the one aspect all of those guys share?
They are elite.
The difference between a good quarterback and an star signal caller can be the difference between a Super Bowl Ring and one-and-done in January, so let's look at some rankings of the 12 starting quarterbacks in the playoffs: