Top Postsesason Passer Ratings of All Time

Today, in honor of Roethlisberger and Rodgers, I give you the top 20 post-season passers of all time.

The praise that both men received for terrible games yesterday can only be described as fawning.  Take this for instance:

CHICAGO — There was one Monster of the Midway in the NFC Championship Game and his name was Aaron Rodgers.

He ran for a touchdown. He made a touchdown-saving tackle. And he was better than three Bears quarterbacks in leading the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl with an ugly-but-beautiful 21-14 victory Sunday over Chicago.

Yes, but he also made that tackle after a crippling interception on the goal line that nearly cost his team the game. He also completed just 4 of his final 12 passes with a pick.  Rodgers was awful in yesterday (against a great defense), but the Bears burned through three quarterbacks, and his defense won the game for him on an interception return for a touchdown.

Roethlisberger was equally hideous.  He did go 3/5 in the second half (yes, just five attempts).  He also fumbled twice, threw a pick, and took two sacks.  His defense ALSO scored the game winning touchdown.  He was so terrible that the talking heads immediately proclaimed him a god.  Shannon Sharpe declared that it was Roethlisberger’s intangibles (rather than a defensive score) that let him beat the Jets while Manning and Brady failed.

So because the only position on the field that matters or gets rings is the quarterback, I give you the list. Oh, I included the “record” of the quarterbacks, because we all know that’s a real thing.

NOTES: This list covers games back to 1960.  Six starts are necessary to qualify.  Other lists have different qualifications, so they may differ.  Aaron Rodgers currently has a rating of 113.0, but won’t qualify until the Super Bowl for two more games, however he will cross the 150 attempt threshold durning the Super Bowl which will qualify him for Stats Inc’s list..  

Rank Rating Wins Losses Comp Att TD INT Yards YPA
1 104.8 Bart Starr 9 1 130 213 15 3 1753 8.2
2 102.3 Kurt Warner 9 4 307 462 31 14 3952 8.6
3 102.0 Drew Brees 4 3 189 285 15 2 2052 7.2
4 95.6 Joe Montana 16 7 460 734 45 21 5772 7.9
5 94.3 Mark Sanchez 4 2 95 157 9 3 1155 7.4
6 93.5 Ken Anderson 2 4 110 166 9 6 1321 8.0
7 91.4 Joe Theismann 6 2 128 211 11 7 1782 8.4
8 88.4 Peyton Manning 9 10 435 692 28 19 5164 7.5
9 88.3 Troy Aikman 11 5 320 502 23 17 3849 7.7
10 86.3 Brett Favre 13 11 481 791 44 30 5855 7.4
11 85.8 Steve Young* 12 8 292 471 20 13 3326 7.1
12 85.7 Tom Brady 14 5 424 682 30 16 4407 6.5
13 85.4 Ben Roethlisberger 10 2 201 329 17 14 2598 7.9
14 84.9 Warren Moon 3 7 259 403 17 14 2870 7.1
15 84.6 Rich Gannon 4 5 154 240 11 9 1691 7.0
16 84.4 Matt Hasselbeck 5 6 237 406 18 9 2741 6.8
17 84.2 Ken Stabler 7 6 203 351 19 13 2641 7.5
18 83.5 Bernie Kosar 4 5 152 270 16 10 1953 7.2
19 83.3 Jake Delhomme 5 3 130 226 12 10 1847 8.2
20 83.0 Terry Bradshaw 14 5 261 456 30 26 3833 8.4

Most of these quarterbacks are so tightly grouped that an incomplete pass or an extra touchdown or interception can vault them several spots.

*Steve Young’s imaginary record would be 8-6 in games he stared.  Although in one of those he only threw 5 passes.  He played in 6 ‘garbage time’ games in which the 49ers went 4-2.

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