Postseason QB power rankings: When playoffs begin, there’s Tom Brady and then there’s everyone else

The Lord of the (seven) Rings is back in his environment.

When the NFL Wild Card weekend gets underway this weekend, Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes center stage as the greatest postseason quarterback the league has ever known. And will ever know, at least in my lifetime.

While Aaron Rodgers may have had a better regular season — and that’s up for debate — Brady stands alone when legacies are made.

There are 14 quarterbacks in the playoffs. Brady has 34 playoff wins (and 11 losses). The other 13 combined have 38 wins (and 30 losses). That includes such luminaries Ben Roethlisberger (13 wins) and Rodgers (12 wins).

Brady has seven Super Bowl rings. The other 13 have four (two by Roethlisberger, one each by Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes).

Here’s the measure of Brady’s postseason greatness as opposed to his contemporaries — when playing against the best opposition in the playoffs, his winning percentage of .756 is only slightly less than his .769 (243-73) record in the regular season.

Rodgers, by comparison, has a .675 winning percentage in the regular season (139-66-1) that dips to .571 (12-9) in the playoffs. Roethlisberger is .668 (165-81-1) in the regular season and .591 (13-9) in the playoffs.

Peyton Manning? He was 186-79 in the regular season (.702) and 14-13 in the playoffs (.519).

It’s worth noting for Joe Montana fans that the 49ers (and Chiefs) quarterback, like Brady, was nearly as good in the playoffs (16-7, .696) as the regular season (117-47, .713).

One interesting blast from the past — Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw of the Steelers had an even better playoff percentage (14-5, .737) than regular-season percentage (107-51, .677).

Given all that, my postseason quarterback power rankings have a predictable name at the top:

1. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay (34-11, 7-3 in Super Bowl)

The Bucs went from wild card to Super Bowl champion a year ago and could do it again. It starts against Philadelphia Sunday in what should be the biggest mismatch of the weekend.

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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (12-9, 1-0 in Super Bowl)

Rodgers and Co. can rest up for a week as the top seed and then embark on another title game quest. They’ve lost in the NFC Championship Game in three of the last five years.

3. Patrick Mahomes Kansas City (6-2, 1-1 in Super Bowl)

Mahomes has been more mistake-prone this season, but he has been nails in the postseason until running up against the Bucs in the Super Bowl a year ago. The Chiefs host Pittsburgh Sunday night.

4. Josh Allen, Buffalo (2-2)

Has generally acquitted himself well as a postseason quarterback, with 1,081 yards passing, five TDs and just one pick in addition to 237 yards rushing. The Bills face New England for the third time Saturday night.

5. Dak Prescott, Dallas (1-2)

Has performed well under playoff pressure in three down-to-the-wire games with 794 yards passing, five touchdowns, two interceptions and a 95.7 passer rating. Cowboys host the 49ers Sunday.

6. Derek Carr, Raiders (0-0)

By far the most experienced of the five playoff first-timers having …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News

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