After writing the Green Bay Packers equivalent of “You Can’t Handle The Truth” yesterday, there is nothing else to say now about the topic. That was my definitive take on that team until the season starts. (Note: even 300 kind words towards Joe Flacco made it into that lengthy piece).
Here is an exclusive table of career data on 4th quarter comeback opportunities broken down by season for Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Peyton Manning.
The 1’s at the end of the record for Brees and the Manning brothers are not ties. They are “no decisions”, or games where the QB had a 4QC opportunity, but the team still won the game on a return touchdown. It’s not a comeback win, not a game they lost, so it’s a no decision. They were not included in calculating the win percentage.
- Rodgers has a losing record in each season.
- Everyone else has multiple winning seasons except for Brees, who has one.
- Only the Manning brothers have had consecutive winning seasons; Eli in 2007-08; Peyton in MVP years of 2008-09.
This was only for comebacks. Adding game-winning drives would help boost everyone, but Rodgers would still be well behind.
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Finally, here is today’s article on the draft failure the Denver Broncos exhibited in taking Brock Osweiler with the No. 57 pick. Lots of history of franchise quarterbacks and their often failed successors in this one.
Rest of week: Enough Rodgers, time to put Brett Favre on blast. It wouldn’t be July without Favre.
2 thoughts on “NFL: Elite QB 4th Quarter Comeback Records”
I’ve long said Rodgers is the most overrated player in football, given all his hype. Go back to Green Bay’s playoff run the year they won the Bowl, and you’ll see — other than the ridiculous Atlanta game — Rodgers disappeared in the second half of each game. If not for the Bears having to insert their scrub QB into the game, they likely win the NFC Championship, as it was Green Bay’s DEFENSE that scored to bail them out. Likewise, it was Rodgers’s third-quarter fade against the Steelers that allowed them nearly to come back after — yep, once again — Green Bay’s DEFENSE had done a good part of the scoring in the first half of the Super Bowl. The figures you quoted don’t like, which is why Roethlisberger is the elite QB of the bunch.