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6. The Starting Quarterback’s Playoff Record

As Cold, Hard Football Facts can prove in more ways than a troll can count, the passing game plays the most important role in a football game. Ultimately, that puts the pressure on the two starting quarterbacks to win, even if the rest of the team fails along the way. Just ask players like Jim Kelly and Tony Romo about how the critics handle a heartbreaking playoff loss. Championship-caliber quarterbacks will win playoff games more often than not, and Super Bowl history proves that the “have-nots” normally don’t become champions out of thin air.

The title below examines each Super Bowl quarterback and his playoff record entering that postseason.

Winners

Losers

SB

Team

Quarterback

W-L

 

SB

Team

Quarterback

W-L

I66 PackersBart Starr

4-1

 I66 ChiefsLen Dawson

1-0

II67 PackersBart Starr

6-1

 II67 RaidersDaryle Lamonica

0-0

III68 JetsJoe Namath

0-0

 III68 ColtsEarl Morrall

0-0

IV69 ChiefsLen Dawson

2-2

 IV69 VikingsJoe Kapp

0-1

V70 ColtsJohnny Unitas

2-1

 V70 CowboysCraig Morton

0-1

VI71 CowboysRoger Staubach

0-0

 VI71 DolphinsBob Griese

0-1

VII72 DolphinsBob Griese

2-2

 VII72 RedskinsBilly Kilmer

0-1

VIII73 DolphinsBob Griese

3-2

 VIII73 VikingsFran Tarkenton

0-0

IX74 SteelersTerry Bradshaw

1-2

 IX74 VikingsFran Tarkenton

2-1

X75 SteelersTerry Bradshaw

4-2

 X75 CowboysRoger Staubach

4-2

XI76 RaidersKen Stabler

3-3

 XI76 VikingsFran Tarkenton

4-3

XII77 CowboysRoger Staubach

6-4

 XII77 BroncosCraig Morton

3-2

XIII78 SteelersTerry Bradshaw

8-4

 XIII78 CowboysRoger Staubach

9-4

XIV79 SteelersTerry Bradshaw

11-4

 XIV79 RamsVince Ferragamo

0-0

XV80 RaidersJim Plunkett

0-0

 XV80 EaglesRon Jaworski

2-2

XVI81 49ersJoe Montana

0-0

 XVI81 BengalsKen Anderson

0-2

XVII82 RedskinsJoe Theismann

0-0

 XVII82 DolphinsDavid Woodley

0-1

XVIII83 RaidersJim Plunkett

5-1

 XVIII83 RedskinsJoe Theismann

4-0

XIX84 49ersJoe Montana

4-1

 XIX84 DolphinsDan Marino

0-1

XX85 BearsJim McMahon

0-0

 XX85 PatriotsTony Eason

0-1

XXI86 GiantsPhil Simms

2-2

 XXI86 BroncosJohn Elway

0-1

XXII87 RedskinsDoug Williams

1-3

 XXII87 BroncosJohn Elway

2-2

XXIII88 49ersJoe Montana

7-4

 XXIII88 BengalsBoomer Esiason

0-0

XXIV89 49ersJoe Montana

10-4

 XXIV89 BroncosJohn Elway

4-3

XXV90 GiantsJeff Hostetler

0-0

 XXV90 BillsJim Kelly

1-2

XXVI91 RedskinsMark Rypien

0-0

 XXVI91 BillsJim Kelly

3-3

XXVII92 CowboysTroy Aikman

0-0

 XXVII92 BillsJim Kelly

5-4

XXVIII93 CowboysTroy Aikman

3-0

 XXVIII93 BillsJim Kelly

6-5

XXIX94 49ersSteve Young

2-2

 XXIX94 ChargersStan Humphries

1-1

XXX95 CowboysTroy Aikman

7-1

 XXX95 SteelersNeil O’Donnell

1-3

XXXI96 PackersBrett Favre

4-3

 XXXI96 PatriotsDrew Bledsoe

0-1

XXXII97 BroncosJohn Elway

7-7

 XXXII97 PackersBrett Favre

7-3

XXXIII98 BroncosJohn Elway

11-7

 XXXIII98 FalconsChris Chandler

0-0

XXXIV99 RamsKurt Warner

0-0

 XXXIV99 TitansSteve McNair

0-0

XXXV00 RavensTrent Dilfer

1-1

 XXXV00 GiantsKerry Collins

1-1

XXXVI01 PatriotsTom Brady

0-0

 XXXVI01 RamsKurt Warner

3-1

XXXVII02 BucsBrad Johnson

1-3

 XXXVII02 RaidersRich Gannon

2-2

XXXVIII03 PatriotsTom Brady

3-0

 XXXVIII03 PanthersJake Delhomme

0-0

XXXIX04 PatriotsTom Brady

6-0

 XXXIX04 EaglesDonovan McNabb

5-4

XL05 SteelersB. Roethlisberger

1-1

 XL05 'HawksMatt Hasselbeck

0-2

XLI06 ColtsPeyton Manning

3-6

 XLI06 BearsRex Grossman

0-1

XLII07 GiantsEli Manning

0-2

 XLII07 PatriotsTom Brady

12-2

XLIII08 SteelersB. Roethlisberger

5-2

 XLIII08 CardinalsKurt Warner

5-2

XLIV09 SaintsDrew Brees

1-2

 XLIV09 ColtsPeyton Manning

7-8

XLV10 PackersAaron Rodgers

0-1

 XLV10 SteelersB. Roethlisberger

8-2

XLVI11 GiantsEli Manning

4-3

 XLVI11 PatriotsTom  Brady

14-5

As playoff history shows, quarterbacks normally need to get a playoff win out of system, unless they are making a playoff run in their first try. In the 2012 postseason, six quarterbacks will make their playoff debut: Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Christian Ponder, Matt Schaub and Russell Wilson. Note that despite 19 first-time playoff quarterbacks making the Super Bowl run, only two Super Bowl match-ups featured multiple green-thumb quarterbacks. Don’t two of that kind to show up in February.

The one quarterback that sticks out has to be Matt Ryan, who owns a 0-3 playoff record. As highlighted in red, only two Super Bowl champion quarterbacks owned a winless record (with previous playoff starting experience) that preceded their title run. These winless quarterbacks own a 2-12 record in the Super Bowl. Furthermore, only two quarterbacks who lost in the Super Bowl held a winless record with two playoff starts. No quarterback followed the 0-3 start with a Super Bowl appearance.

In fact, the list of starting quarterbacks who began 0-3 in the playoffs include:

  • Peyton Manning: made AFC Championship Game in 2003; currently 9-10
  • Randall Cunningham: won a Wild Card game in 1992; finished 3-6
  • Jack Kemp (AFL): won the 1964 AFL Championship; finished 2-4
  • Y.A. Tittle: lost his fourth and final playoff start; finished 0-4
  • Bert Jones, Bobby Hebert and Steve Grogan: finished 0-3

Matt Ryan could join Y.A. Tittle in the infamous playoff annals with a playoff loss in the Divisional Round. Perhaps the Falcons should just settle with a playoff win. Also, keep an eye on Andy Dalton’s 0-1 playoff record.

 

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