As we enter the NFL Playoffs, the one position that is almost always the most important on any football team becomes even more so — the quarterback. With the exception of the 2000 Ravens, rarely can a team advance deep in the postseason without a top tier signal-caller under center. With that in mind, let’s rank the 12 leading this year’s playoff squads, from best to worst.
1. Tom Brady
Yeah, the guy who won four Super Bowls and played in two more is a pretty obvious choice here. Sure, the Pats have limped into the playoffs, going 2-4 after a 10-0 start, and they do look pretty banged up, but going against Brady in the postseason is not something any team wants to do. Plus, the Pats didn’t look like they wanted to show too much against the Dolphins on Sunday, with Brady attempting just five passes in the first half. The full Brady will be unleashed in the playoffs, and he’ll be as frightening as ever.
2. Russell Wilson
While Cam Newton is definitely winning the MVP, Wilson was about even with him in the second half of the season, particularly during a stunning five-game stretch where he threw 19 touchdowns without a single interception. Wilson has already proven he can perform in the playoffs, and the desire to avenge last year’s heartbreaking pick in the Super Bowl will provide an extra bit of motivation. The Vikings have a strong defense, but Russell Wilson is not going to make life easy for them.