Tom Brady is gearing up for his eighth Super Bowl appearance. He had to win a whole lot of playoff games to get to this point, and he’s bested a ton of opposing quarterbacks on his way here -- 22 of them to be exact.
Brady owns pretty much every quarterback postseason record in existence. He’s started the most games (36) and has the most wins (27), and his eight conference championships are the most any quarterback in NFL history has pulled off.
No quarterback comes close to challenging those numbers. All-time, Joe Montana has come the closest. He had a 16-7 postseason record over his career with the 49ers and Chiefs, with a 4-0 record in Super Bowls and three Super Bowl MVP awards. But Brady’s still got 11 wins and an extra MVP nod on him.
If you’re looking just at active quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger is next with a 13-8 record, including 2-1 in the Super Bowl. Brady has more than twice as many wins as Roethlisberger, just one more loss despite 15 more games overall, and a 5-2 record in Super Bowls.
Roethlisberger has taken out 12 different opposing quarterbacks along the way: Chad Pennington, Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, Jake Plummer, Matt Hasselbeck, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Kurt Warner, Mark Sanchez, A.J. McCarron, Matt Moore, and Alex Smith. McCarron and Moore were both backups forced to start those games because of injuries.
Brady’s list is more impressive and much longer.
Tom Brady has beaten 22 QBs in the playoffs:— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 22, 2018
On the flip side, there are just five quarterbacks who have managed to beat Brady in the postseason.
- Peyton Manning
- Eli Manning
- Mark Sanchez
- Joe Flacco
- Jake Plummer
Manning beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI with the Colts. He led the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII and lost to the Seahawks, and then he beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 after dispatching the Patriots in the AFC Championship.
Flacco has beaten Brady twice, including the 2012 season, when the Ravens went on to beat the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
Another Manning handed Brady his two worst postseason losses. Eli Manning and the Giants were responsible for both of Brady’s Super Bowl defeats. Brady should be glad he doesn’t have to face Peyton and Eli’s brother, Cooper, too, because this family seems to be about the only people who have his number on a regular basis.
There are also impressive cameos here from Sanchez and Plummer.
If things go the Patriots’ way, Brady will add a 23rd name to the list of quarterbacks he’s beaten in the postseason: Nick Foles.