NFL playoff QB energy rankings: Can Aaron Rodgers, anybody else dethrone Patrick Mahomes in 2021?


The 2021 NFL playoffs feature upright one — perhaps two — quarterbacks who can be making their first postseason delivery.  

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield, who led the Browns to their first playoff berth for the rationale that 2002 season, is indubitably one of those QBs. Los Angeles’ John Wolford might well well be the assorted if Jared Goff (thumb) can’t bound. 

The relaxation of the area is loaded. Six quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes — luxuriate in received Gargantuan Bowls. Brady, Rodgers, Mahomes and Lamar Jackson luxuriate in received NFL MVP awards. It’s a upright mix of childhood and experience at the NFL’s most valuable situation.  

Right here are those quarterbacks sorted by age:  

QUARTERBACK AGE MVP PLAYOFFS SUPER BOWL
Lamar Jackson 23 1 0-2 0-0
Josh Allen 24 0 0-1 0-0
Pat Mahomes 25 1 4-1 1-0
Baker Mayfield 25 0 0-0 0-0
Jared Goff 26 0 2-2 0-1
Mitchell Trubisky 26 0 0-1 0-0
Ryan Tannehill 32 0 2-1 0-0
Russell Wilson 32 0 9-6 1-1
Alex Smith 36 0 2-5 0-0
Aaron Rodgers 37 2 10-8 1-0
Ben Roethlisberger 38 0 13-8 2-1
Philip Rivers 39 0 5-6 0-0
Drew Brees 41 0 8-8 1-0
Tom Brady 43 3 30-11 6-3

SN ranked the playoff quarterbacks the narrate of this ask: Who attain you esteem to luxuriate in upright now?

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NFL playoff QB energy rankings 2021

1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs  

Mahomes is drawing comparisons to a online recreation boss after one other excellent season in which he completed with 4,740 yards, 38 TDs and upright six interceptions. The Chiefs completed 14-2 and revel in dwelling-area attend within the AFC again. Mahomes might well well no longer accumulate the MVP award, nonetheless Kansas Metropolis has a better course to the Gargantuan Bowl than the following quarterback on the checklist. Can Mahomes lead the well-known repeat since Brady in 2004-05?  

2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers  

For those that esteem to luxuriate in to assign Rodgers at No. 1, that is dazzling. He is at the tip of his recreation. He’ll in all probability accumulate the MVP after passing for 4,299 yards with 48 TDs and upright five interceptions, and the Packers luxuriate in dwelling-area attend for the well-known time since 2011. Rodgers is prospering in his second season in Matt LaFleur’s system, and this is his easiest chance to build up a prolonged-awaited second Gargantuan Bowl look. Brady, Brees and Wilson are amongst the tip challengers within the NFC. That’s no longer going to be easy. 

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3. Tom Brady, Buccaneers  

Yes, we know Brady has six Gargantuan Bowl championships and 9 appearances and 30 profession playoff profession victories. All of that became once in Fresh England. Tampa Bay is the No. 5 seed, nonetheless they are arguably basically the most threatening wild-card team after a success four straight games to terminate the season. The Buccaneers had been upright 1-5 in opposition to teams that made the postseason, and they are going to luxuriate in to attain it on the road. Can Brady attain it with out Invoice Belichick? We’re about to search out out.  

4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks  

Wilson’s playmaking means propelled the Seahawks to a 12-4 narrative, nonetheless the offense had most productive one recreation with larger than 28 points within the second half of the season. Wilson soundless had 40 extra TDs, and his improv vogue on occasion translates well within the postseason. The Seahawks can luxuriate in to circulate on the road at some level, and Wilson is 3-5 in road playoff games.  

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5. Josh Allen, Payments  

Allen emerged as a sound MVP candidate this season, and he’s indubitably one of upright three QBs with a QBR above 80. The reference to Stefon Diggs has elevated the entire offense, and Allen closed the ordinary season with 16 TDs and upright three interceptions within the Payments’ six-recreation accumulate bound. That gets erased within the postseason, clearly, nonetheless Buffalo looks esteem Kansas Metropolis’s easiest challenger within the AFC.  

6. Lamar Jackson, Ravens  

Jackson might well well face extra force than any varied QB in these playoffs given his 0-2 postseason narrative. Since getting back from COVID-19, nonetheless, Jackson averages 161.8 passing yards and 86 rushing yards with 15 entire TDs and upright three interceptions. The season-saving heroics in opposition to Cleveland in Week 14 woke up the offense, and Baltimore is truly a tough out within the playoffs as a result.  

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7. Drew Brees, Saints  

Is that this too low? Brees uncared for five games this season on story of of a rib harm, nonetheless the Saints a live a upright bet to originate a whisk within the NFC. That hinges upright as powerful on Alvin Kamara as Brees, nonetheless. Brees averaged 248.7 passing yards with six TDs and three interceptions after getting back from the harm, and Fresh Orleans did push the Chiefs to the limit. Brees is 8-8 within the postseason, and the chance to avenge closing year’s wild-card loss to Minnesota is there.  

8. Ryan Tannehill, Titans  

Tannehill proved this season that closing year’s whisk to the AFC championship recreation wasn’t a fluke, and it doesn’t harm to luxuriate in 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry within the backfield. Tannehill has 22 TDs and upright two interceptions at dwelling this season, nonetheless the Titans had been 5-3 in those games. Tennessee completed 3-3 in opposition to the assorted teams within the AFC playoffs this season, and there in all probability can be shootouts.  

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9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers  

Roethlisberger is a two-time Gargantuan Bowl winner and he’s received 13 profession playoff begins, nonetheless the closing postseason victory became once in 2016. Roethlisberger had eight TDs and 4 interceptions Pittsburgh’s closing four games, and the offense in the end clicked again within the second half in opposition to Indianapolis. Great Ben is 4-1 within the playoffs in opposition to AFC North teams, nonetheless this is his first postseason delivery in opposition to the Browns.  

10. Baker Mayfield, Browns  

For what it be price, Mayfield is the very best-ranked feeble No. 1 purchase on this year’s playoffs. Mayfield developed with first-year Kevin Stefanski in Cleveland, namely within the second half of the season. Mayfield threw upright one interception within the Browns’ closing 9 games. Mayfield is 0-3 at Heinz Arena for his profession, nonetheless if he continues to originate upright decisions with the pork up of a stable working recreation led by Cleave Chubb and Kareem, then Cleveland can luxuriate in a gamble.  

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11. Philip Rivers, Colts  

The Colts slipped into the playoffs, and Rivers – who’s 5-6 within the postseason for his profession – did aid stabilize the quarterback situation in Indianapolis. Rivers can soundless bound off at any given time, nonetheless he ranked 19th within the NFL in QBR this season. Indianapolis became once upright 5-3 on the road this season, and they’re up in opposition to indubitably one of many freshest teams within the league in Buffalo.  

12. Jared Goff, Rams  

This assumes Goff – who started in a Gargantuan Bowl two years ago – plays within the wild-card matchup in opposition to the Seahawks. If that isn’t very any longer the case, John Wolford has no longer made a playoff delivery. Goff, meanwhile, has struggled with turnovers this season. The Rams are 4-1 in opposition to teams that made the NFC playoffs, and that incorporated wins in opposition to Seattle and Tampa Bay.  

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13. Alex Smith, Washington  

Smith is surely basically the most straightforward memoir amongst the quarterbacks given his comeback from a grotesque leg harm. He has six TDs and eight interceptions this season, nonetheless Washington will no longer lower than be playing at dwelling in opposition to the Buccaneers. Smith has seven playoff begins in his profession, and he is coming off a upright delivery in opposition to Philadelphia that clinched the NFC East. He’ll be asked to attain extra as a heavy underdog in opposition to Tampa Bay.  

14. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears  

Trubisky’s contract is a fixed topic of dialog in Chicago, and he heads into his second playoff delivery with questions about whether or no longer he might well well be the prolonged-term solution. Trubisky had 10 TDs and five interceptions in his closing five begins, nonetheless he’ll be pressed to build up extra pictures in opposition to the Saints within the NFC wild card round. The Bears’ luxuriate in safe well within the closing three games, nonetheless they’ll can luxuriate in to be even better to give Trubisky a gamble.

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