I was just curious how Flacco's playoff numbers compare to history, and it's pretty good. He's got a career 79.7 playoff passer rating, which ranks 34th all-time among players with at least 100 post-season attempts (that's out of 91 players, then). HOWEVER, he played in a conference championship game in his rookie season. Only 4 quarterbacks have done that (Shaun King, Mark Sanchez, and Ben Roethlisberger are the others) and in all 4 cases, that game hurts their career playoff numbers. Seems obvious, right? It's a rookie going up against the best team in their conference besides their own team; it should be a very difficult game, and no rookie has ever won it.
So, if we take the conference championship game stats out of the career stats, not the entire rookie playoff numbers mind you, we leave all rookie numbers for everyone, except the conference championship game numbers for those few guys who played in one as a rookie... since it evens the playing field because such a game for a rookie has universally lowered that player's career playoff passer rating, so it's an unfair advantage to those who didn't have to play in such a game otherwise... then Flacco's career playoff numbers rank 17th all time. Amazing, removing one game from his record (and everybody else's record who ever had to play in that game as a rookie) bumps him up from 34th to 17th, and bumps his passer rating from 79.7 to 86.7.
Or we could just discount everyone's rookie season (most quarterbacks don't have rookie numbers affecting their playoff stats anyway), in which case Flacco has an 89.2 QB Rating, which ranks 13th best of all time (among 89 QBs with at least 100 attempts since their second season).
Hey, let's have some more fun massaging the numbers. Frankly, Flacco's second year in the playoffs don't make him look so good either, but he was playing with a big injury. Probably shouldn't have been playing at all, really. You don't start to get a good idea of how well Flacco can play in the post-season until you get to his third season.
Among 82 quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts since their thrid year, Flacco's 101.4 QB Rating ranks 6th all-time, behind Jeff Hostetler's 112.0, Bart Starr's 104.8, Drew Brees' 103.9, Kurt Warner's 103.9, and Aaron Rodgers' 103.6.
Keep in mind only Rodgers and Flacco had a majority of those games coming on the road.
Edited by callahan09, 17 January 2013 - 09:11 AM.