- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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In a piece now posted on ESPN.com, senior writers John Clayton and Jeffri Chadiha and NFC West reporter Mike Sando team up to rank the 25 top playoff performances in NFL history.
The Patriots show up once, with quarterback Tom Brady's performance in the team's 2011 playoff win over the Broncos ranking 21st.
"The fascination with Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was the dominant storyline heading into the 2011 divisional matchup with Brady and the Patriots, but Denver had no chance against a dialed-in Brady and his teammates in a 45-10 loss. Brady tied the postseason record with six touchdown passes to four players, including three to tight end Rob Gronkowski, and finished 26-of-34 for 363 yards. He even managed to contribute on special teams, getting off a 48-yard punt that pinned the Broncos at their 10-yard line midway through the fourth quarter."
The most recent playoff season is represented, and the list goes all the way back to the 1940s. The trio asks, "Did we miss any games? Which are ranked too low or too high? Peruse our rankings and let us know."
One thought from here: Adam Vinatieri's "Snow Bowl" kick could have made a strong case for inclusion.
To read the rankings, CLICK HERE.