Rank 'Em: NFL postseason performances

June 14, 2012

It's been said that big-time players step up in big games. The NFL has seen that scenario play out again and again by some of the game's greatest players when their teams needed it most. Reacquaint yourself with some of the greatest single-game postseason performances below (hover for stats) and click to rank them.

Does anything top Steve Young's touchdown barrage in Super Bowl XXIX? Where does Tom Brady's recent domination of the Tim Tebow-led Broncos fit in? Get started!

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NFL postseason performances

Sid Luckman (1943) vs. WAS

Sid Luckman (1943) vs. WAS

NFL title game
15 completions, 286 YDS, 5 TD


Otto Graham (1950) vs. LA

Otto Graham (1950) vs. LA

NFL title game
22-33, 298 YDS, 4 TD, 12 CAR, 99 rush YDS


Raymond Berry (1958) vs. NYG

Keith Lincoln (1963) vs. NE

Keith Lincoln (1963) vs. NE

AFL championship game
13 CAR, 206 YDS, rush TD, 7 REC, 123 REC YDS, REC TD for 329 all-purpose YDS (second-most in a postseason game)


L.C. Greenwood (1976) vs. DAL

L.C. Greenwood (1976) vs. DAL

Super Bowl X
4 sacks (SB record), forced fumble


Lynn Swann (1976) vs. DAL

Lynn Swann (1976) vs. DAL

Super Bowl X
4 REC, 161 YDS, TD (Swann's 40.3 yards per reception is the second highest in SB history)


Vernon Perry (1979) vs. SD

Vernon Perry (1979) vs. SD

AFC divisional game
4 INT, blocked FG


John Riggins (1982) vs. MIN

John Riggins (1982) vs. MIN

NFC divisional game
37 CAR, 185 YDS (franchise playoff record), TD


Kellen Winslow (1982) vs. MIA

Kellen Winslow (1982) vs. MIA

AFC divisional game
13 REC, 166 YDS (postseason record at that time), 6 TD, 49 rush YDS, blocked Miami's potential game-winning FG


A.J. Duhe (1982) vs. NYJ

A.J. Duhe (1982) vs. NYJ

AFC championship game
3 INT (one for a TD)


Marcus Allen (1983) vs. WAS

Marcus Allen (1983) vs. WAS

Super Bowl XVIII
20 CAR, 191 YDS (SB record), 2 TD against Washington's league-leading rushing defense


Phil Simms (1987) vs. DEN

Phil Simms (1987) vs. DEN

Super Bowl XXI
22-25 (88%), 268 YDS, 3 TD


Timmy Smith (1988) vs. DEN

Timmy Smith (1988) vs. DEN

Super Bowl XXII
22 CAR, 204 YDS (SB record)


Doug Williams (1988) vs. DEN

Doug Williams (1988) vs. DEN

Super Bowl XXII
18-30, 340 YDS, 4 TD (9-11, 228 YDS and all four TD in the second quarter)


Jerry Rice (1989) vs. CIN

Jerry Rice (1989) vs. CIN

Super Bowl XXIII
11 REC, 215 YDS, 4TD (all SB records)


Joe Montana (1990) vs. DEN

Joe Montana (1990) vs. DEN

Super Bowl XXIV
22-29, 317 YDS, 5 TD (helped the 49ers set SB records for most points and biggest margin of victory)


Frank Reich (1992) vs. TEN

Frank Reich (1992) vs. TEN

AFC wild card round
21-34, 289 YDS, 4 TD in a Bills 41-38 comeback win


Steve Young (1995) vs. SD

Steve Young (1995) vs. SD

Super Bowl XXIX
24-36, 325 YDS, record 6 TD, 49 yds rush


Desmond Howard (1997) vs. NE

Desmond Howard (1997) vs. NE

Super Bowl XXXI
6 punt returns for 90 YDS, four kickoff returns for 154 YDS including a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD


Terrell Davis (1998) vs. GB

Terrell Davis (1998) vs. GB

Super Bowl XXXII
"Migraine Game" with 30 CAR, 157 YDS, 3 TD (only player with three rushing TD in the SB)


Kurt Warner (1999) vs. MIN

Kurt Warner (1999) vs. MIN

NFC divisional game
27-33, 391 YDS, 5 TD in the first start of his playoff career


Peyton Manning (2003) vs. DEN

Peyton Manning (2003) vs. DEN

Wild card game
22-26, 377 YDS (14.5 YDS per attempt is the second-highest single-game average in postseason history), 5 TD (tied for second-most in postseason history)


Kurt Warner (2009) vs. GB

Kurt Warner (2009) vs. GB

Wild card game
29-33, 379 YDS, 5 TD at age 38 for the Cardinals


Aaron Rodgers (2010) vs. ATL

Aaron Rodgers (2010) vs. ATL

NFC divisional game
31-36, 266 YDS, 3 TD, Rush RD (led four drives of at least 80 yards)


Tom Brady (2011) vs. DEN

Tom Brady (2011) vs. DEN

AFC divisional game
26-34, tied postseason record with 6 TD to four different players, 48-yard punt in fourth quarter


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