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Top Ten Most Playoff Starts By NFL Quarterbacks

As we learned in yesterday’s column (and over the course of the last decade and a half), Peyton Manning’s playoff record isn’t quite what he would like it to be. No. 18 has, however, started in quite a number of postseason contests. Today, we’re going to look at the top ten esteemed quarterbacks who have started the most playoff games in NFL history.


1. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has started the most postseason games in NFL history with 27. Brady also boasts an impressive .704 winning percentage. 


2. Brett Favre, who went 12-10 with the Green Bay Packers and 1-1 with the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs, started 24 January games over the course of his lengthy career. 


(2*) 3. Peyton Manning has also made 24 postseason appearances, going 9-10 with the Indianapolis Colts and 2-3 with the Denver Broncos. Playoff starts are perhaps the only thing Manning has been below .500 at in his entire life. Tough break. 


4. Joe Montana, who went an impressive 14-5 with the San Francisco 49ers before going 2-2 with the Kansas City Chiefs, started 23 playoff games over the course of his NFL tenure. That was before Joe Cool made commercials, for everyone born after 1994. 


5. John Elway, who spent his entire playing career (and administrative career thus far) with the Denver Broncos, had 21 postseason starts with a .667 winning percentage. 


6. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw started in a total of 19 postseason games, winning an incredible 14 of them. 


7. Poor Dan Marino, who never was able to bring the Lombardi to Miami, started 18 playoff games with the Dolphins. Marino’s winning percentage was .444, which is, sadly, even lower than Manning’s. 


8. Dallas Cowboys legendary quarterback Roger Staubach made 17 playoff starts during his NFL career. Staubach tallied 11 January Ws. 


(8*) 9. The Buffalo Bills’ Jim Kelly, who we’re all thankful beat cancer this year (necessary side note), started 17 postseaon football games during his time in the NFL. Kelly went just above .500, winning 9 of them. 


10. Donovan McNabb, who made all of his postseason starts with the Philadelphia Eagles, started 16 playoff games. McNabb, too, just beat the .500 mark, going 9-7.

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