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Remember back in 2004, when the fledging Cold, Hard Football Facts flexed its statistical muscles and said that Tom Brady was a better QB than Peyton Manning? And remember that the football establishment all laughed at us?

How’d that work for them?

Not too well. Little "game manager" Tom Brady has rewritten the standards of NFL success in every way possible and already owns virtually every postseason and Super Bowl record in existence. And in most cases it’s not even close. There’s Brady. And then there’s the second tier of greatest QBs in the history of football.

Below is a look at where Tom Brady stands on the all-time postseason leaderboard in more than a dozen different indicators of individual and team performance. 

Basically, every time Brady takes a snap Sunday in the AFC title game against the Steelers he’ll set a new postseason record of some kind.

Perhaps the most telling indicator of Brady’s postseason prowess is his ability to carry a team in the clutch. He’s 4-2 in the playoffs when passing the ball 50+ times in a game. Not too impressive, you say? Well, every other QB in the entire history of the NFL is a combined 3-28 in the playoffs when passing the ball 50+ times.

We’ll see if the Patriots need that kind of carry-the-load effort when New England hosts fellow AFC powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers and future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the conference championship game Sunday afternoon.

 

Most postseason games

Tom Brady – 33 (including 2016-17 AFC title game)

Peyton Manning – 27

Brett Favre – 24

Joe Montana – 23

 

Most postseason victories

Tom Brady – 23

Joe Montana – 16

Terry Bradshaw – 14

John Elway – 14

Peyton Manning – 14

 

Best postseason win percentage (min. 20 games)

Brady’s record playoff win percentage is better than the regular-season win percentage of any QB in NFL history, min. 100 games

Tom Brady – .719 (23-9)

Joe Montana – .696 (16-7)

John Elway – .667 (14-7)

Brett Favre – .542 (13-11)

Peyton Manning – .519 (14-13)

 

 

Most postseason game-winning drives (source profootballreference.com)

Tom Brady – 9

John Elway – 6

Joe Montana – 5

Eli Manning – 5

 

Most postseason fourth-quarter comebacks (source profootballreference.com)

Tom Brady – 6

Joe Montana – 5

Terry Bradshaw – 4

John Elway – 4

Eli Manning – 4

Russell Wilson – 4

 

Most postseason passing yards

Tom Brady – 8,244

Peyton Manning – 7,339

Brett Favre – 5,855

Joe Montana – 5,772

 

Most postseason TD passes

Brady – 58

Joe Montana – 45

Brett Favre – 44

Peyton Manning – 40

Dan Marino – 32

 

Most postseason pass attempts

Brady – 1,221

Peyton Manning – 1,027

Brett Favre – 791

Joe Montana – 734

Dan Marino - 687

 

Most postseason completions

Brady – 756

Peyton Manning – 649

Brett Favre – 481

Joe Montana – 460

Dan Marino – 385

  

Most division championships

Brady – 14

 

Most conference title game appearances

Brady's 11 conference title game appearances is more than that of 27 NFL franchises, including flagship teams such as the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

Tom Brady – 11 (6-4 in previous 10)

Joe Montana – 7 (4-3)

Terry Bradshaw – 6 (4-2)

John Elway – 6 (5-1)

Roger Staubach – 6 (4-2)

 

Most consecutive postseason wins

Brady - 10 (2001-2005) 

 

Most postseason games, 50+ attempts

Brady – 6 (4-2 record)

Jim Kelly – 3 (0-3)

Drew Brees – 2 (0-2)

Jeff George – 2 (0-2)

Dan Marino – 2 (0-2)

Warren Moon – 2 (0-2)

  

Most wins in postseason, 50+ attempts

Brady – 4 (4-2)

Dan Fouts - 1 (1-0)

Bernie Kosar - 1 (1-0)

Eli Manning - 1 (1-0)

Tom Brady has gone 4-2 in postseason games passing the ball 50+ times Every other quarterback in history has produced a combined record of 3-28.

  

Most postseason rush TD by a quarterback

Steve Young – 8

Brady – 6

John Elway – 6

Steve McNair – 6