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Comparing Peyton Manning's Playoff Resume to Other Legends

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Peyton Manning has often been criticized for "regressing" during the postseason while other quarterbacks are thought to step up their game when the season is on the line. That has simply not been the case. While quarterbacks the likes of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Roger Staubach and Johnny Unitas have been lauded for their alleged ability to "come through in the clutch", they, like Manning, have exibited eerily similar statistical setbacks.


Manning (regular season): 5,319 of 8,126 (65.5) for 62,406 yards, 465 touchdowns and 215 interceptions. 96.7 passer rating.

Manning (playoffs): 481 of 761 (63.2) for 5,679 yards, 32 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. 88.4 passer rating.



Brady (regular season): 3,992 of 6,298 (63.4) for 47,062 yards, 347 touchdowns and 129 interceptions. 95.9 passer rating.

Brady (playoffs): 553 of 887 (62.3) for 5,949 yards, 42 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. 87.4 passer rating.



Roethlisberger (regular season): 2,574 of 4,070 (63.2) for 32,174 yards, 203 touchdowns, 117 interceptions. 92.4 passer rating.

Roethlisberger (playoffs): 248 of 409 (60.6) for 3,150 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. 83.7 passer rating.



Staubach (regular season): 1,685 of 2,958 (57.0) for 22,700, 153 touchdowns, 109 interceptions. 83.4 passer rating.

Staubach (playoffs): 223 of 410 (54.4) for 2,791 yards, 24 touchdowns, 19 interceptions. 76.0 passer rating.



Unitas (regular season): 2,830 of 5,186 (54.6) for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and 253 interceptions. 78.2 passer rating.

Unitas (playoffs): 120 of 226 (53.1) for 1,663 yards, 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 68.9 passer rating.


Did you know: Mark Sanchez has a higher playoff passer rating than a number of notable quarterbacks.

  • Mark Sanchez: 94.3
  • Peyton Manning: 88.4
  • Tom Brady: 87.4
  • Brett Favre: 86.3
  • Joe Flacco: 86.2
  • Steve Young: 85.8
  • Ben Roethlisberger: 83.7
  • John Elway: 79.7

His playoff resume includes victories over Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers -- defeating them all in their home stadiums.

Yet, Sanchez will likely be warming some team's bench when he returns in 2013. While no other soon-to-be free agent quarterback sports as impressive a postseason resume as Sanchez, he will struggle to find work. During the same "regular season" that many befuddled are so quick to discard, Sanchez's ineptitude has been on full display. Inaccuracy, inefficiency and poor decison making has left Sanchez with a horrific -9.5 career QBS.

Knocking Manning, who sports a higher playoff passer rating than Brady, Roethlisberger and Flacco is just as idiotic as crediting Sanchez as an "elite playoff performer."

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