5 NFL Players Whose Postseason Experience Will Pay off the Most in Playoffs

Justine BrownCorrespondent IINovember 21, 2011

5 NFL Players Whose Postseason Experience Will Pay off the Most in Playoffs

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    When it comes to reaching the playoffs, teams must put together the right combination of skill, playmaking, coaching and leadership in order to accumulate wins.

    Once a team has reached the postseason, a few other intangibles may come into play, a very important one being playoff experience.

    Players with playoff experience will be more likely to maintain their poise and handle hostile environments than those without said experience.

    Here is a look at a few players who's postseason experience could payoff.

Ray Lewis

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    In his 16th year with the Baltimore, Ray Lewis is not just a seasoned vet, but also a seasoned playoff vet.

    With more than his fair share of playoff experience under his belt, Lewis has learned how to handle anything from hostile road environments to highly favored opponents.

    As an emotional leader and voice of the Ravens' team, Lewis' experience has also taught him how to help guide and inspire younger players.

    If the Ravens make the playoffs, look for Lewis to help provide his team with a calming element.

Tom Brady

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    With three Super Bowl championships under his belt, New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady certainly has playoff experience on his side.

    With three losses already, the Patriots have not had the most successful regular season of recent years, but come playoff time they will always be a factor, because quite simply, Brady knows how to win in the postseason. 

    At 14-5, Brady has the third best playoff record for an NFL starting quarterback behind just Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

Ben Roethlisberger

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    Between Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it is debatable which quarterback has had the most successful career as far as playoffs go, but Roethlisberger sure has been impressive.  

    In seven seasons, Roethlisberger and the Steelers have reached the playoffs five times, three of which resulted in Super Bowl appearances and two in Super Bowl Championships.

    Roethlisberger has not only proven since he was a rookie that he knows how to get to the postseason, but also that he knows how to win once he gets there.

    Roethlisberger is definitely one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL when it comes to playoff time. 

    With a .769 winning percentage in the playoffs, Roethlisberger ranks second amongst active quarterbacks behind Aaron Rodgers, who has played in eight less postseason games.

Drew Brees and Eli Manning

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    Saints' quarterback Drew Brees and Giants' quarterback Eli Manning both have the same career playoff records at 7-4 and each have one Super Bowl championship.

    Obviously Brees has had the longer career of the two quarterbacks, but they have been equally potent in postseason performances.