The 26-year-old has already played in six playoff games, including last year's Super Bowl. Like Russell Wilson, Kaepernick is on an outstanding team that makes life a lot easier on him than most QBs on this list. But 25 total touchdowns and only eight interceptions is pretty good for your first 16-game season.
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He might have the most gifted arm of the entire group. But Stafford attempts too many risky throws instead of managing the game like many of the others on this list. He looked like a top 10 lock for his entire career after throwing for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011. But the last two seasons have been a disappointment for the former No. 1 pick. Stafford has thrown 49 touchdowns and 36 interceptions during that time.
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He turned in his best overall season this year, leading Carolina to its first playoff appearance since 2008. Yes, his passing and rushing yards went down but so did his interception total (13). The 2011 first overall pick still rushed for 585 yards and six touchdowns while throwing for a career-high 24 TDs. As long as he continues to improve as a pocket passer, Newton's best days are likely ahead of him.
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He falls into the same category as Tony Romo with his lack of postseason success. Ryan's numbers have been fantastic during the regular season but he's 1-4 in the playoffs with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Since Atlanta drafted him with the third overall pick in 2008, Ryan has thrown for 23,472 yards, fifth-most of all QBs during that time. Over the last four years, Ryan is averaging 29 TDs and 13 INTs per season.
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He has started the same number of seasons as Matt Ryan, but Flacco's postseason success gives him the edge. Flacco was phenomenal last year in the playoffs, throwing 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions in Baltimore's four victories. The Super Bowl MVP lost his top receiving threat in Anquan Boldin and it showed on the field in 2013. Flacco had his worst season as a pro, throwing only 19 TDs and 22 INTs.
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If I was ranking QBs only off regular season stats, Romo would obviously be higher. His quarterback rating over the last four years is 96.0 and he's thrown 101 touchdowns to 46 interceptions in that time. But he has only one playoff victory in four games on his resume. Point to his supporting cast if you want, but Romo deserves some of the blame for Dallas falling a game short of the playoffs each of the last three seasons.
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Like Andrew Luck, Wilson has made the Pro Bowl each of his first two seasons in the NFL. Seattle has a fantastic defense that obviously takes a lot of pressure off Wilson, but the former third-round pick has been very good at taking care of the ball, averaging fewer than 10 interceptions per season. His 100.6 QB rating over the last two years trails only Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers among players with at least 25 starts.
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After turning the ball over 22 times last year, Rivers bounced back for an impressive 32-touchdown season with 13 turnovers. The five-time Pro Bowler has passed for over 4,000 yards in five of the last six seasons and the Chargers have made the playoffs in five of his eight seasons as a starter.
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Regular season numbers alone would probably keep Manning off this list completely. He threw a league-high 27 interceptions this year and has tossed 83 picks since 2010. But his postseason play has been brilliant. Since 2007, Manning has started nine playoff games and the Giants have won eight, throwing 17 TDs and only four INTs in those games. Other quarterbacks on this list have better numbers, but Manning has performed better than all of the them when the stakes are the highest.
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The next two quarterbacks get their spots largely because they each have a pair of Super Bowl rings. Big Ben has started 14 postseason games and Pittsburgh has won 10. Not bad. Since being the 11th overall pick in 2004, Roethlisberger was thrown into the starting lineup and has remained there even since, posting a career QB rating of 92.6, seventh-best during that time.
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Probably hasn't done enough in only two seasons to deserve to be this high. Oh well, it's my list and I think Luck is going to go down as one of the game's greats. In his first two seasons, the Colts have compiled a 22-10 record with one playoff victory. The 24-year-old threw for over 3,800 yards with 23 TD passes and nine interceptions during his second year in the NFL. Expect even better production in Year 3
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The eight-time Pro Bowler has thrown 283 TD passes since joining the Saints in 2006, no quarterback has thrown more during those eight seasons. He led the Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2010 and has thrown for over 5,000 yards in each of the last three seasons.
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Over the last five seasons, Rodgers is averaging four touchdown passes to every interception. His quarterback rating during that time is a league-best 108.2. One Super Bowl ring already and no one should be surprised if he wins a couple more
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Regardless of his supporting cast, Brady is just a winner. Sure, having the game's best head coach is a huge advantage, but Brady has been extremely effective with a constantly changing group of offensive weapons. Over the last four seasons, the three-time Super Bowl champ has tossed 134 touchdowns, only Drew Brees has thrown more during that time.
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If the Broncos lose Sunday to Seattle, the Manning critics will say he doesn't belong here with only one Super Bowl ring. I say 92 touchdown passes and a 110 QB rating over the last two seasons is as good as it gets. Age and neck surgery don't seem to be slowing down this future Hall of Famer.