The 10 Worst Performances by a QB in NFL Playoff History

The Worst QB performances in NFL history!
Text: St. Louis Rams linebacker Tommy Polley scores a touchdown while Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre chases in vain during the third quarter of their game Sunday, January 20, 2002 at the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Mo.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo by Jeffrey Phelps)


10) Frank Filchock, Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears, 1940 NFL Championship Game

You just knew the guy who lost an NFL championship game 73-0 would be on this list somewhere. The Great Sammy Baugh started the game for Washington, passing for 102 yards and two interceptions before getting hurt, eventually giving way to Frank Filchock. Filchock completed just 7-of-23 passes with no touchdowns and five picks. That translated to a passer rating of 3.6, which translates to a 73-0 loss.


9) Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants, 2000 NFC Championship Game

Let me start off by saying Culpepper was not the sole reason the Vikings lost this game. In truth, it looked to me like the entire team laid down.

Believe it or not, the Giants scored on their opening drive, recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and scored on the very first play of the next possession. So, Daunte Culpepper did not enter the game until his team was down 14-0.

Culpepper was 13-of-28 for only 78 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions.



8) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots, 2011 AFC Divisional Round

2011 was a magical season for the Broncos and Tebow, he very rarely played a complete, consistent game. But, do not let him get in the fourth quarter of a close game. Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers who were shocked by a Tebow TD pass in OT.

The problem was the next week he had to go to New England, to say that did not go well would be a big understatement.

By the time the game had ended, Tebow didn’t have any turnovers, but he was only 9-26 with no touchdowns. Denver lost 45-10 in what would turn out to be Tebow’s last game to start as an NFL quarterback.


7) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets, 2002 AFC Wild Card Round

Manning was never known as a great big game quarterback, even in College at Tennessee. The first glimpse we got of this in the NFL was this wild card game in New York.

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts were dominated 41-0 by the New York Jets. He finished the game completing 14-of-31 passes for 137 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. This game also moved his playoff record at the time to 0-3.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during warm ups against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


6) Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens, 2010 AFC Wild Card Round

Matt Cassel against the Baltimore Ravens was dismal. Cassel completed half of his passes, going 9-of-18 with only 70 yards passing, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. The Chiefs did lead early, but not for long losing 30-7.


5) Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals 2008 NFC Divisional Round

Jake Delhomme was a good NFL quarterback who even led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII where they lost in the last seconds to the Patriots.

The Panthers lead early and then it got ugly as Delhomme finished 17-of-34 with 205 yards passing, one touchdown, and five interceptions, The Panthers ended up losing 33-13 at home to a 9-7 Cardinals team that would end up in the Super Bowl.


4) Tony Eason, New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX

I still do not understand why the Patriots started Eason over veteran Steve Grogan in this game. The Patriots ended up losing 46-10, which was at the time the worst loss in Super Bowl History. Eason was a dreadful 0-6 and was sacked three times before giving way to Steve Grogan.

That’s right Eason started in the Super Bowl and failed to complete even one pass. There is no doubt in my mind that if Eason had played the whole game, he would be number one on this list.


3) Jim Everett, Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1989 NFC Championship Game

Jim Everett was great in his early career with the Rams, during the 1989 season he even won a game over the 49ers and almost made it 2-2 in the regular season.

Then came the 1989 NFC Championship game. Everett was terrible on the day, and his stats show it 16-of-36 with no touchdowns and three interceptions in a bad 30-3 loss. He became so shell-shocked by the constant beating from San Francisco’s pass rush was so relentless Everett at one point, fell to the grass, giving up a sack despite not being touched. Which lead to Jim Rome calling him Chris Everett and Everett preceding to have a massive meltdown about it. If you ask me, Chris Evert is the one who should have been mad.


2) Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2015 AFC Wild Card Round

The Chiefs scored on the first play of the game, and unfortunately for the Texans, it only got worse from there. Hoyer’s performance was beyond terrible. He finished the game completing 15-of-34 passes for 136 yards with four interceptions; one lost fumble and no scores — an epically bad game.


1) Brett Favre vs. St. Louis Rams, 2001 NFC Divisional Round

Considered by most an all-time great quarterback until it became playoff time. Favre had a lot of last-minute meltdowns that cost his team’s games, but this game’s debacle was all game long.

Favre his first pick-six on the second pass of Green Bay’s second drive. Unfortunately for Favre and the Packers, it would not be his last no not even close to his last. Favre ended the day 26-of-44 passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns, which are not bad numbers. Too bad for Favre that he also threw an astounding six interceptions, with an incredible three of them getting run back for a touchdown, leading to a 45-17 loss.

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