The Top 10 Quarterback Performances In Super Bowl History (Featuring Some Guys You've Never Heard Of)

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A whopping 10 quarterbacks threw for more than 4,000 yards this season.Three of them surpassed the 5,000 yard plateau, while both Drew Brees and Tom Brady broke Dan Marino’s single season record with 5,476 yards and 5,235 yards, respectively.

Super XLVI on Sunday will feature Brady as well as one of the other 10 QBs who hit 4,000 yards passing this season, Eli Manning.

With both of these guys under centre many expect a shootout. But will either of their performances end up among the best for a Super Bowl quarterback?

Although an imperfect stat, QB rating is the fairest way we have of judging what the best QB Super Bowl performances of all-time have been.

(QB ratings appear in parentheses and are based on records from Pro Football Reference)

10. Bart Starr (116.2) led Lombardi's Green Bay Packers to a victory in Super Bowl I against Kansas City in 1967.

16 for 23

250 yards

2 touchdowns

9. Jake Delhomme (117.0) is likely the biggest surprise on this list. Although it came in a losing effort, Delhomme did his best to match New England's Tom Brady in Super Bowl 38 in 2004.

16 for 32

323 yards

3 touchdowns

8. Although he threw a pick and coughed up two fumbles, Terry Bradshaw's (119.1) four scores in Super Bowl 13 was the difference in 1979 when he led Pittsburgh over Dallas to become the first team to ever win three Super Bowls.

17 for 30

318 yards

4 touchdowns

7. Tied with Bradshaw as the winningest Super Bowl QB of all-time, Joe Montana (127.2) makes his first appearance on this list for outgunning Dan Marino in Super 19 in 1985.

24 for 35

331 yards

3 touchdowns

6. Doug Williams (127.7) had a rather average career, but the Redskins were smart for sticking with him when he led them in a Super Bowl 22 obliteration of the Broncos in 1988.

18 for 29

340 yards

4 touchdowns

5. Super Bowl 29 in 1995 was Steve Young's (134.8) only appearance in the big game. He didn't disappoint, lighting up the scoreboard en route to a blowout victory over San Diego.

24 for 36

325 yards

6 touchdowns

4. With Troy Aikman (140.7) leading the way, Dallas killed Buffalo 52-17 in Super Bowl 27 in 1993.

22 for 30

273 yards

4 touchdowns

4. The last time the Raiders won the Lombardi trophy Jim Plunkett (145.0) was their man. In his first trip to the Super Bowl (SB 15 in 1981) he took apart Philadelphia's defence in a winning effort.

13 for 21

261 yards

3 touchdowns

2. Joe Montana (147.6) killed Denver in Super Bowl 24 in 1990. Final score: 55-10.

22 for 29

297 yards

5 touchdowns

1. Statistics aside, Phil Simms' (150.9) Super Bowl 21 performance in 1987 is widely considered among the best ever. He threw for as many touchdowns as he did incompletions, three, as the Giants beat the Broncos.

22 for 25

268 yards

3 touchdowns

Now take a stroll through the life of the newest QB leading the Giants in a Super Bowl

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