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Baltimore Quarterback Joe Flacco Takes his Place in NFL History

Top 10 Super Bowl Performances by a Quarterback


Like countless others, I've become a Joe Flacco guy. I like the way the Baltimore quarterback just goes about his business without trying to draw attention to himself.

That doesn't mean he isn't quietly confident. Remember when he said he was not among the top five quarterbacks in the NFL? He said he was the best.

Anyway, everyone's on the Flacco bandwagon now. But where exactly does his Super Bowl performance this past Sunday stand? Is it among the all-time greats?

Here's my personal ranking, and it includes more than just stats. You have to consider the caliber of the defense the QB played against and other intangibles, especially how he performed in the clutch.

In descending order:

10. Joe Flacco

Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady just to get to the game and then he beat Colin Kaepernick, the man everybody said was the prototype for the future NFL quarterback.

9. Joe Montana

Montana in Super Bowl XXIV was 22-29 for 297 yards and a whopping five touchdowns, with no interceptions. This barely beats out his performance in Super Bowl XIX when he threw for only four TDs.

8. Kurt Warner

Warner went wild in Super Bowl XXXIV, completing 24 of 45 passes for 414 yards, two touchdowns and 0 interceptions. It was one of the most prolific performances in the game's storied history.

7. Doug Williams

Williams in Super Bowl XXII led the Redskins to 42 unanswered points after falling behind 10-0. Williams, a backup when the season started, was 18-29 for 340 yards, four TDs and one interception.

6. Phil Simms

Simms set an unmatched mark for accuracy in Super Bowl XXI, completing an astonishing 22 of 25 passes, for 268 yards, three touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

His passer rating was a sensational 150.9, still a record. In their 39-20 win over Denver, the New York Giants scored 30-second half points in which Simms was 10 for 10.

5. Steve Young

Young in Super Bowl XXIX threw six touchdown passes, which no quarterback has ever done in either a Super Bowl or a playoff game.

He finished the day 24-36 for 325 yards and 0 interceptions. He was also the game's leading rusher with 49 yards, but who cares? This was the game Young finally separated himself from the looming shadow of Montana.

4. Terry Bradshaw

Steelers quarterback Bradshaw was 17-30 in Super Bowl XIII for 318 yards, four touchdowns and one interception as the Steelers won a shootout over Dallas 35-31.

3. Tom Brady

Brady's performance in Super Bowl XXXVIII is one many say is the best ever. Brady was 32-48 for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Brady led the Patriots on the game-winning drive in the waning moments of the game, making several critical throws. His 32 completions are a Super Bowl record.

2. Eli Manning

Manning led the Giants to a wild win over the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Manning was 19-34 for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

Trailing 14-10 in the closing moments, Manning directed a picture-perfect, 12-play, 83-yard drive that included a Houdini-like escape from the Patriot's fierce pass rush. His touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress won the game, ending New England's dream of a perfect, 19-0 season.

1. Joe Montana

Montana again. In Super Bowl XXIII, Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns. Trailing the Bengals, Montana led the 49ers on a legendary 92-yard drive in 11 plays ending with a 10-yard TD pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds left on the clock. The 49ers won 30-16.

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