At this point it would be easier to compile a list of records that Tom Brady not to hold.
Combining elite talent and longevity in a sport not known for long careers, he is alone on the most passing records, especially those for career numbers.
But Brady’s performance in the regular season pales in comparison to what he did in the playoffs. His post-season dominance has taken him far beyond any other quarterback in history with numbers that are hard for anyone else to reach.
As Brady continues his 19th trip into the postseason, Sporting News analyzes the numbers behind his success and how far other quarterbacks will have to go to topple his records.
Tom Brady playoff records
The NFL’s regular season leader of passing yards also holds the record for passing yards after the season 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 even half as many career passes as Brady. Roethlisberger will almost certainly retire, making Rodgers the closest active quarterback to Brady.
After Rodgers, Russell Wilson (3,786), Joe Flacco (3,223), Patrick Mahomes (2,728) and Matt Ryan (2,672) are the only other active quarterbacks with at least 2,000 passing yards after the season. Mahomes is seen as the next-generation quarterback and he has already proven that he can take his team deep into the playoffs. If Brady didn’t add another passing yard in his career and Mahomes averaged 300 passing yards per game, it would take him 34 more games to surpass Brady, meaning if he played four games a season, it would be nine more years. would last. for him to pass Brady.
For reference, only 171 quarterbacks have more regular-season passes than Brady in the postseason, according to Stathead.
As New England 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 goes to Eli Manning, who threw for 1,219 in 2011 en route to defeating Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Brady is in fourth place (1,137 in 2016), fifth (1,132 in 2017) and eighth (1,061 in 2020) on that list.
Again, he is the regular season leader in the NFL career in passing touchdowns and so, yes, again, it would make sense if he were also the postseason leader in touchdowns. And he is. By a long shot.
There are only three quarterbacks halfway through Brady’s 85. In fact, only 13 quarterbacks are currently even within 60 of Brady’s total.
Rodgers is the remaining active leader chasing Brady. Roethlisberger has 36. Then they are Flacco (25), Wilson (25), Mahomes (22) and Ryan (20).
Brady also equals Steve Young and Daryle Lamonica for the most in one game, going on 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, scoring 11 each.
Both a testament to his longevity and the success he has found making it to the playoffs, Brady once again has a significant advantage in this record.
It’s still not close. Brady has an absolute win rate of .761, surpassing all quarterbacks with double-digit playoff wins.
Next behind Brady among active quarterbacks in playoffs is Roethlisberger (until he retires) at age 13, with Rodgers at 11, Flacco at 10 and Wilson at nine. Mahomes has seven.
To put Brady’s success in context, he has won more playoffs than any franchise except the Patriots (with whom he shares most of their 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 won more playoffs than the Jaguars, Cardinals, Lions, Bengals and Texans combined.
Along the way, he has racked up 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.
Tom Brady Playoff Stats
Brady is also among the best quarterbacks in several other key stats.
Brady holds the records for both career completions (1,135) and career attempts (1,801). Next in each category is Peyton Manning (649 completions, 1027 attempts). He also has the most post-season interceptions thrown at 38, with Favre second at 30.
His career passer rating (91.0) has ranked him 16th among quarterbacks and seventh among active QBs, 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 Brady was never considered a particularly mobile quarterback, he is tied at seven for the 16th most hasty touchdowns.
Brady will look to further expand his impressive postseason stats on Sunday when he and the Buccaneers face the Rams at 3 p.m. ET.