At this point, it would be easier to put together a list of records than Tom Brady no to hold.
The combination of elite talent and longevity in a sport not known for long runs has him alone at the top of most passing records, particularly any by career numbers.
But Brady’s regular-season accomplishments pale in comparison to what he’s done in the playoffs. His postseason dominance has far surpassed any quarterback in history with numbers that will be hard for anyone else to match.
As Brady continues his 19th trip to the postseason, Sporting News takes a look at the numbers behind his success and how far other quarterbacks will have to go to break his records.
Tom Brady playoff records
The NFL regular season passing yards leader also holds the record for postseason passing yards with 12,720. The gap between him and the rest of the field is immense, to say the least.
Manning is the only quarterback with half as many career passing yards as Brady. Roethlisberger is almost certain to retire, leaving Rodgers as the closest active quarterback to Brady.
Following Rodgers are Russell Wilson (3,786), Joe Flacco (3,223), Patrick Mahomes (2,728) and Matt Ryan (2,672) as the only other active quarterbacks with at least 2,000 postseason passing yards. Mahomes is seen as the next generational quarterback, and he’s already proven he can lead his team to the playoffs. If Brady didn’t add another passing yard in his career and Mahomes averaged 300 passing yards per game, it would still take him 34 more games to pass Brady, meaning if he spent four games each postseason, it would still take him nine more years. to get past Brady.
For reference, only 171 quarterbacks have more passing yards in the regular season than Brady has in the postseason. by Stathead.
As New England’s quarterback in Super Bowl 52, Brady set the single-game record with 505 passing yards. However, Brady does not hold the record for most passing yards in a single postseason. That honor belongs to Eli Manning, who pitched 1,219 in 2011 en route to beating Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Brady ranks fourth (1,137 in 2016), fifth (1,132 in 2017) and eighth (1,061 in 2020) on that list.
Once again, he is the NFL regular season career leader in touchdown passes, and so, yes, again, it would make sense for him to also be the postseason leader in touchdowns. And he is. For a long shot.
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There are only three quarterbacks halfway to Brady’s 85. In fact, only 13 quarterbacks are currently within 60 of Brady’s total.
Rodgers is the remaining active leader hunting down Brady. Roethlisberger is 36. Then there’s Flacco (25), Wilson (25), Mahomes (22) and Ryan (20).
Brady is also tied with Steve Young and Daryle Lamonica for the most in a single game, when he went for six TDs against the Broncos in 2012. He has two seasons tied for fourth in a single postseason with 10 (2014 and 2020), tied with Mahomes (2019). Only Joe Montana (1989), Flacco (2012) and Kurt Warner (2008) had more in a single postseason, when they each hit 11.
The quarterback wins
Both a testament to his longevity and the success he has found making it to the playoffs, Brady again has a substantial lead on this record as well.
It’s not even remotely close yet. Brady has an all-time winning percentage of .761, which tops all quarterbacks with double-digit wins in the playoffs.
Next behind Brady among active quarterbacks in playoff wins is Roethlisberger (until he retires) at 13, with Rodgers at 11, Flacco at 10 and Wilson at nine. Mahomes has seven.
To put Brady’s success into context, he has more playoff wins than any franchise except the Patriots (with whom he shares most of his 37 wins), the Packers (36) and the Steelers (36). He has the same number of wins as the Cowboys (35) and has two more than the 49ers (33). He has more playoff wins than the Jaguars, Cardinals, Lions, Bengals and Texans combined.
Along the way, he earned 14 of those wins via game-winning drives, which is also a record. Elway has the second-most winning drives with six, and Eli Manning and Montana are tied with five apiece.
Tom Brady playoff stats
Brady also ranks among the top quarterbacks in several other key stats.
Brady holds the records for both completed runs (1,135) and career attempts (1,801). Next in each category is Peyton Manning (649 completions, 1,027 attempts). He has also thrown the most postseason interceptions with 38, with Favre second with 30.
His career passer rating (91.0) ranks him 16th among quarterbacks and 7th among active quarterbacks, with Mahomes (105.1) currently holding the record. Josh Allen (100.9), Ryan (100.8), Rodgers (100.5), Nick Foles (98.8) and Wilson (95.3) are the only active quarterbacks above Brady.
Although never considered a particularly mobile quarterback, Brady is tied for 16th with the most rushing touchdowns with seven.
Brady will look to continue adding to his impressive postseason stats on Sunday, when he and the Buccaneers take on the Rams at 3 pm ET.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.