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Ranking the NFL's 12 playoff QBs: Brady, Brees, then who?

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Riddick says Vikings have 3 starting-caliber QBs (2:29)

Louis Riddick explains that Minnesota has the deepest QB roster, as Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater could all be starting in the NFL. (2:29)

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. There is perhaps no other position in sports that can impact a team's outlook more than the QB; the evidence over time shows us as much. Just look at San Francisco, which turned a listless 0-9 start into a 5-0 finish once Jimmy Garoppolo took over as the starter. In the past 10 years, MVP honors have been awarded to a QB nine times.

All this to say: It's rare for a team to make the playoffs with below-average quarterback play. Most reach the postseason thanks to high-level contributions from the quarterback.

As the playoffs get ready to kick off, let's run through the 12 starting quarterbacks and rank them based on how they have performed this season. I'm basing my 1-12 list on whom I'd want as my quarterback if I were coaching the team in the playoffs, and I've gathered insight from around the league to assist in my ranking. No. 1 should be pretty easy: It's the GOAT. But it gets trickier after that:


1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Regular-season stats: 385-for-581 (66.3 percent), 4,577 yards, 32 TDs, 8 INTs, 70.2 Total QBR