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All-Time Leaders in NFL Playoff Passer Rating

by Riley Baines
NFL All-Time Playoff Passer Rating Leaders

All-Time Leaders in NFL Playoff Passer Rating

Hey there, football fanatics! Have you ever wondered who the real heroes are when it comes to NFL playoff passer rating leaders? Well, strap in, because we’re about to reveal the all-time leaders in postseason passer ratings, and let me tell you, some of these names will absolutely blow your mind.

You see, the playoffs are when the pressure is cranked up, and it takes a truly exceptional quarterback to shine in the most intense moments. So, we thought, why not take a deep dive into the stats and give some well-deserved praise to the legends who’ve delivered time and time again on the big stage?

So, are you ready to discover the ultimate list of playoff passer rating leaders? Join me as we embark on this epic journey through the gridiron greats and their legendary playoff performances! Let’s get started, shall we?


#10 – Drew Brees

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 97.1

Are you shocked to see Drew Brees? Because I’m not. With a postseason passer rating of 97.1, Brees’ two-decade career, mostly with the New Orleans Saints, showcased his unparalleled skill and consistency. Leading the Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2009, Brees retired as the all-time leader in passing yards and completions. His unwavering determination and incredible talent have etched his name in NFL history, making him a fan favorite and one of the most exceptional quarterbacks to have ever graced the gridiron.


#9 – Alex Smith

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 97.4

Grabbing the number 9 spot on our playoff passer rating leaderboard is Alex Smith, boasting a 97.4 rating. Known for his time with the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Washington Football Team, Smith demonstrated resilience and reliability throughout his career. While he didn’t live up to the number one overall pick expectations, he was more than serviceable throughout his career.


#8 – Nick Foles

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 98.8

Foles, a Super Bowl LII MVP, etched his name in NFL history by leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl victory. His clutch performance in the playoffs, combined with his fearless playstyle, made Foles an underdog hero. Nick Foles’ time in the spotlight may have been brief, but his impact on the league and the city of Philadelphia will always be remembered as nothing short of magical.


#7 – Matthew Stafford

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 99.0

Spending most of his career with the Detroit Lions before moving to the Los Angeles Rams, Stafford has showcased his incredible arm strength and accuracy under pressure. Stafford’s exceptional talent and ability to deliver in critical moments have earned him a well-deserved spot among the league’s top playoff quarterbacks. We saw how the Lions were holding him back as he earned his first Super Bowl in his first season with the Rams.


#6 – Josh Allen

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 99.6

Josh Allen, with a playoff passer rating of 99.6, has quickly risen as one of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2018, Allen’s powerful arm and remarkable athleticism have revitalized the team, leading them to multiple playoff appearances. His ability to make game-changing plays both on the ground and through the air has earned him a place among the best in the postseason. As a young and dynamic player, Josh Allen’s potential for even greater success in future playoff games remains high.


#5 – Aaron Rodgers

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 100.1

Well, would you look at that? Aaron Rodgers, the man with the golden arm, has snagged a playoff passer rating of 100.1. Rodgers has been dazzling fans with his pinpoint accuracy and jaw-dropping throws for years. In fact, it’s his unbelievable talent and ice-cold composure in the playoffs that have cemented his status as one of the all-time greats. And you know what? I’d bet my bottom dollar we’ll be talking about Rodgers’ legacy for generations to come. Don’t let this last season fool you.


#4 – Matt Ryan

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 100.8

Matt Ryan, also known as “Matty Ice,” has earned himself a playoff passer rating of 100.8. Now, that’s no small feat! As the Atlanta Falcons’ main man, Ryan has consistently displayed poise and precision during high-pressure playoff games. You can’t help but appreciate his unshakable focus and ability to make big plays when it counts. Sure, he might not have that coveted Super Bowl ring just yet, but there’s no denying his skill and determination in the postseason. I blame that Super Bowl loss on the coaching decisions more so than the failure of Matt Ryan.


#3 – Kurt Warner

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 102.8

This guy’s story is the stuff of legends – from stocking shelves in a grocery store to becoming a two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion with the St. Louis Rams. Warner’s rise to the top was nothing short of a Cinderella story. His incredible play during the playoffs, along with his ability to command an offense with precision and grace, has cemented his place among the all-time greats. Kurt Warner’s legacy is one that’ll inspire football fans for generations!


#2 – Bart Starr

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 104.8

Passing stats have aged like milk in the past few decades. So how is a Quarterback who played in the fifties and sixties so high on this list? He was that guy. Here’s a man who was an absolute force in the postseason, racking up five NFL championships and two Super Bowl wins. Starr’s cool-as-ice demeanor and ability to lead his team through the toughest of battles made him a quarterback for the ages. When you think of classic NFL greatness, Bart Starr’s name should be one of the first to come to mind – a true gridiron hero who’ll be remembered for all time!


#1 – Patrick Mahomes

NFL Playoff Passer Rating: 107.4

Hold onto your hats, folks, because Patrick Mahomes has already achieved a staggering playoff passer rating of 107.4! This young phenom has taken the NFL by storm since joining the Kansas City Chiefs. With two Super Bowl wins and two Super Bowl MVPs, Mahomes has showcased his otherworldly talent and ability to make jaw-dropping plays when the stakes are high. It’s not a stretch to say he’s on track to become the best Quarterback in NFL history. I tell you what, folks, we’re truly witnessing something special with Patrick Mahomes as he is the most talented player to ever play the position.


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Rank Player   Rate Years Tm
1 Patrick Mahomes 107.4 2017-2022 kan
2 Bart Starr+ 104.8 1956-1971 gnb
3 Kurt Warner+ 102.8 1998-2009 2TM
4 Matt Ryan 100.8 2008-2022 atl
5 Aaron Rodgers 100.1 2005-2022 gnb
6 Josh Allen 99.6 2018-2022 buf
7 Matthew Stafford 99.0 2009-2022 2TM
8 Nick Foles 98.8 2012-2022 phi
9 Alex Smith 97.4 2005-2020 2TM
10 Drew Brees 97.1 2001-2020 2TM
11 Joe Montana+ 95.6 1979-1994 2TM
12 Russell Wilson 95.3 2012-2022 sea
13 Mark Sanchez 94.3 2009-2018 nyj
14 Joe Burrow 93.8 2020-2022 cin
15 Kirk Cousins 93.7 2012-2022 2TM
16 Ken Anderson 93.5 1971-1986 cin
17 Tony Romo 93.0 2004-2016 dal
18 Dak Prescott 92.3 2016-2022 dal
19 Joe Theismann 91.4 1974-1985 was
20 Tom Brady 89.8 2000-2022 2TM
21 Joe Flacco 88.6 2008-2022 rav
22 Troy Aikman+ 88.3 1989-2000 dal
23 Cam Newton 87.7 2011-2021 car
24 Eli Manning 87.4 2004-2019 nyg
Peyton Manning+ 87.4 1998-2015 2TM
26 Colin Kaepernick 87.3 2011-2016 sfo
27 Ben Roethlisberger 86.7 2004-2021 pit
28 Brett Favre+ 86.3 1991-2010 2TM
29 Steve Young+ 85.8 1985-1999 sfo
30 Philip Rivers 85.3 2004-2020 2TM
31 Warren Moon+ 84.9 1984-2000 2TM
32 Rich Gannon 84.6 1987-2004 3TM
33 Matt Hasselbeck 84.2 1999-2015 sea
Ken Stabler+ 84.2 1970-1984 2TM
35 Bernie Kosar 83.5 1985-1996 3TM
36 Jake Delhomme 83.3 1999-2011 car
37 Terry Bradshaw+ 83.0 1970-1983 pit
38 Jim Plunkett 81.9 1971-1986 rai
39 Vinny Testaverde 81.0 1987-2007 3TM
40 Donovan McNabb 80.0 1999-2011 phi
41 Jared Goff 79.9 2016-2022 ram
42 John Elway+ 79.7 1983-1998 den
43 Daryle Lamonica 77.9 1963-1974 2TM
44 Len Dawson+ 77.4 1957-1975 kan
45 Chad Pennington 77.3 2000-2010 2TM
46 Dan Marino+ 77.1 1983-1999 mia
47 Phil Simms 77.0 1979-1993 nyg
48 Jim McMahon 76.1 1982-1996 4TM
49 Roger Staubach+ 76.0 1969-1979 dal
50 Wade Wilson 75.6 1981-1998 2TM

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