Rank 'Em: Top 25 postseason performances

June 21, 2012

We've narrowed the top postseason performances of all time across the four major American sports to a mere 25. Do Michael Jordan's amazing performances outweigh Don Larsen's perfect game or Steve Young's virtuosity in Super Bowl XXIX? Submit your rankings now!

Top 25 postseason performances

Maurice Richard (1944)

Maurice Richard (1944)

In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals against the rival Maple Leafs, he scored five goals in Canadiens' 5-1 win.


Don Larsen (1956)

Don Larsen (1956)

Yankees right-hander threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers


Sandy Koufax (1965)

Sandy Koufax (1965)

Pitching on two days' rest in Game 7 and making his third start of the Series, Dodgers left-hander went the distance, allowing three hits and striking out 10 Twins in a Series-clinching 2-0 win.


Bob Gibson (1968)

Bob Gibson (1968)

In Game 1, Cardinals right-hander struck out a postseason-record 17 Tigers en route to a five-hit shutout, striking out the side in the ninth.


Lynn Swann (1976)

Lynn Swann (1976)

Caught four passes for 161 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter and a juggling 53-yard reception while falling over a defender, as the Steelers beat the Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl X


Reggie Jackson (1977)

Reggie Jackson (1977)

Hit three straight pitches thrown by three different Dodger pitchers for home runs in the Yankees' World Series-clinching 8-4 win in Yankee Stadium. Went 3-for-3 with 4 runs and 5 RBI.


Magic Johnson (1980)

Magic Johnson (1980)

Lakers guard took over at center for sidelined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the NBA Finals vs. Sixers, had 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists as Lakers clinched title.


Kellen Winslow (1981)

Kellen Winslow (1981)

In divisional playoff game, caught then-playoff record 13 passes for 166 yards, scored on 25-yard TD pass and blocked Dolphins potential game-winning field goal as time expired in regulation in the Chargers' 41-38 overtime win.


Marcus Allen (1983)

Marcus Allen (1983)

Gained a Super Bowl record 191 yards rushing, including a zig-zagging, 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, leading the Raiders' 38-9 rout of the defending champion Redskins.


Michael Jordan (1986)

Michael Jordan (1986)

In Game 2 of the first round against the eventual champion Celtics, scored 63 points and added 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, 3 steals in Bulls' double-OT loss.


James Worthy (1988)

James Worthy (1988)

Lakers' forward scored his first career triple-double in Game 7, leading the Lakers past the Pistons with 36 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 2 steals.


Jerry Rice (1989)

Jerry Rice (1989)

Set Super Bowl records with 11 catches and 215 receiving yards in 20-16 win over Bengals, catching three passes on 49ers' game-winning drive.


Joe Montana (1990)

Joe Montana (1990)

Dissected the Broncos' defense in a 55-10 win, including a then-record five touchdown passes, for the fourth Super Bowl victory of his career.


Kirby Puckett (1991)

Kirby Puckett (1991)

Won Game 6 with a walk-off, 11th-inning HR in the Twins' 4-3 win over the Braves to force Game 7. Also had an RBI triple and scored in the first inning, hit a sacrifice fly to put the Twins up 3-2 in the fifth and made a sensational catch to rob Ron Gant in the third.


Jack Morris (1991)

Jack Morris (1991)

In Game 7, threw 10 innings of shutout baseball to outduel John Smoltz and the Braves as Twins won Series.


Frank Reich (1992)

Frank Reich (1992)

Led the Bills from a 35-3 deficit to a 41-38 overtime win in the wild card round against the Oilers, throwing four touchdown passes in the biggest playoff comeback in NFL history.


Wayne Gretzky (1993)

Wayne Gretzky (1993)

In Game 7 of the Campbell Conference finals, scored a hat trick against the Maple Leafs in Toronto as the Kings advanced to the franchise's first Stanley Cup finals.


Mark Messier (1994)

Mark Messier (1994)

He guaranteed a win, and then scored a hat trick to beat the Devils in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals.


Steve Young (1995)

Steve Young (1995)

Young was 24-of-36 on passing attempts for 325 yards and a record six touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIX.


Michael Jordan (1997)

Michael Jordan (1997)

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, despite flu symptoms, Jordan had 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals as Bulls won at Utah.


Michael Jordan (1998)

Michael Jordan (1998)

In Game 6, scored 45 points and hit the game-winning shot with five seconds left as Bulls beat the Jazz to clinch the title.


LeBron James (2007)

LeBron James (2007)

In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, Cavaliers forward scored his team's final 25 points and 29 of their last 30 in a 109-107 double-OT win, finishing with 48 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.


Roy Halladay (2010)

Roy Halladay (2010)

Threw the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history, a 4-0 win over the Reds. Struck out eight and only walked one.


Albert Pujols (2011)

Albert Pujols (2011)

Hit three home runs in a four-inning stretch of the Cardinals' 16-7 win over the Rangers in Game 2, setting a World Series record with 14 total bases and tying another Series record with five hits.


David Freese (2011)

David Freese (2011)

Cardinals third baseman tied Game 6 in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-strike, two-run triple to deep right to force extra innings, then slugged a walk-off solo home run to center in 10-9 win over the Rangers.


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