Patrick Mahomes has highest passer rating ever, both regular season and playoffs

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The NFL’s official statistic for quantifying passing efficiency is passer rating, which considers completion percentage, yards per pass, touchdowns and interceptions. Passer rating is far from a perfect stat, but at a glance it provides a good look at how efficient a quarterback is.

And Patrick Mahomes is the NFL’s all-time leader, both in the regular season and in the postseason.

To qualify for the regular season record, a quarterback must have thrown 1,500 career passes. Mahomes topped that mark in the 2020 season and now has thrown 1,687 passes in his career. He has a career passer rating of 108.7, topping Deshaun Watson‘s 104.5, Aaron Rodgers‘ 103.9, Russell Wilson‘s 101.7 and Drew Brees‘s 98.7.

It’s noteworthy that everyone in the Top 5 was active during the 2020 NFL season. Quarterbacks are much more efficient now than they used to be, and that’s one of the flaws with passer rating: It doesn’t adjust for era, so it’s always going to favor the modern passers.

But that’s what makes Mahomes breaking the postseason record so noteworthy. Mahomes has a career postseason passer rating of 106.6, and when Mahomes reached the minimum of 150 postseason passes to qualify, he broke a record that Bart Starr had held since the 1960s.

It’s a testament to how great Starr was in big games that he had a postseason passer rating of 104.8, still second only to Mahomes in NFL history. NFL passing offenses were so different during Starr’s era that most of the passing numbers from those days look laughably bad. (In 1969 Starr led the league with an 89.9 passer rating, while in 2020 the league average passer rating was 93.6.) In the playoffs, Starr put up numbers in the 1960s that look excellent even in 2020.

Mahomes is now putting up numbers that the NFL has never seen before.

71 responses to “Patrick Mahomes has highest passer rating ever, both regular season and playoffs

  1. Yet you still get idiots claiming that its all Kelce and Hill along with Reid’s scheme and without them he would be average at best .

  2. Mahomes would be great no matter who he’s throwing to. It just helps to even a higher degree that he has some awesome weapons at this stage of his career.

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    Yet you still get idiots claiming that its all Kelce and Hill along with Reid’s scheme and without them he would be average at best .

    If you DONT think having the Best TE and one of the best WR helps then you’re the idiot

  4. What a minite im confused, didn’t you just post on here yesterday that Josh Allen has caught up with Patrick Mahomes talent wise and he’s on the same level as #15?

  5. It’s more of a testament of his work ethic and wanting to be great. I’m sure when all is said and done he’ll be right up there with the greatest to ever play. If he stays healthy he’s on track to break most records for QBs seeing as he’s only 25 years old.

  6. This guy should break most of Brady’s records. He is also more likable than the phony Brady, as is Reid compared to Belicheat.

  7. One thing that gets by most people who follow football is that the scheme and philosophy a team runs greatly determines success or lack thereof. Mahomes not only has exceptional skills but is fortunate enough to be in a system that utilizes his skills to maximum benefit. As opposed to say a Kirk Cousins in which he is always being ripped but people don’t realize that ever since his days in Washington to the Minnesota Vikings this guy has had to deal with at least seven new/different coordinators, that’s like learning a new language all the time, it’s brutal (coupled with horrendous pass protection).

  8. What a minite im confused, didn’t you just post on here yesterday that Josh Allen has caught up with Patrick Mahomes talent wise and he’s on the same level as #15?

    How liberal media of you. The post stated some around the league think he’s caught up to him. Statistically speaking this year he did. What he needs to do is prove this over a few seasons but he’s statistically speaking is now in the conversation with him, although I’d say 1 notch below mahomes

  9. and in another 15 years or so they will make up new stat categories to favor the new qb’s as well- the ONLY stat that matters is W’s- Mahomes is doing quite well there too so far in his still young career

  10. It is just part of the pussification of the NFL. Let’s turn the clock back to the 70’s and play by those rules for a few years. The game would be much more fun to watch. I would much rather see a DE destroy the QB than watch 30+ 8 yard down and out pass plays per game…

  11. Wait, he’s setting records in an era where nearly every rule favors the QB and offenses, so the newest fans, who couldn’t tell us the difference between a 3-4 defense and a Cover 2, will watch a 45-38 game? Got it. Bring me back to when football was a real sport, NFL, when there were confrontations between men,DB and WR, rusher and protector, and when the defense could knock a QB on his tail without fear of flag. Soon QBs will have no pads, will be wearing shorts and t-shirts emblazoned with corporate logos (to pay part of their salary) and the game will be unrecognizable. Color me jaded.

  12. Not to take anything away from him because I think he is great, but I always take stuff like this with a grain of salt. Different eras had different variables to it. Today you can’t breathe on a receiver without it being a flag. You can’t put one, let alone two hands on a QB without a flag being throw. Part of the strategy of the defense 20+ years ago was hit the QB as many times even after he threw to “get him out of his rhythm and have him looking over his shoulder.” Nothing more evident then two years ago when the Chiefs touched Brady’s helmet in the AFC CG and they threw a roughing the passer flag. It was over for me after that. But still, Mahomes is fun to watch and I believe would have been great in any era.

  13. grant35 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 10:32 am
    This guy should break most of Brady’s records. He is also more likable than the phony Brady, as is Reid compared to Belicheat.


    This coming from the person that said he did t want his Titans to get Brady he wanted them to sign Tanny. How did that work out?

    Also said Brady would fail in Tampa.

  14. Stats are so inflated these days. It’s so geared to the offence and its getting a little pathetic. Bring back Defence!!!!

  15. Brady name was missing from the list but he has 6 Superbowl wins and went to 9. Rather have the Superbowls on my resume than a top QB rating.

  16. Even in the twilight of his career, I’d take Brady over Mahommes in the Super Bowl. Let’s hope we get to see it in 3 weeks

  17. Passer ratings are joke now. Most of year I saw Rogers (only noteworthy QB in NFC north) dump the pass within 10 yard and then receivers running with it for next 10 15 20 yards. Besides, it seemed like NFC has no defense nce Except for Rams. 49ets whole team injured, Viklinge cut key ppl and other got injured. Other than jalen Ramsey, I saw no HOF corner back playing in whole NFC. From that regard, ratings of AFC QBs are way better than NFC

  18. grant35 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 10:32 am
    This guy should break most of Brady’s records. He is also more likable than the phony Brady, as is Reid compared to Belicheat

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    Number one: good luck breaking most of Brady’s records. The odds on anyone ever going to 14 championship games and 9 or 10 superbowls is infinitesimally low. If Mahomes even plays 20 years, that would be a feat. Let’s let a few years go by and see if he can stay on the field.

    Number two: don’t know where anyone gets that Brady is “phony” unless you simply don’t like that he’s been around to beat you for a long time. Everyone who has ever played with him (a much better example) has never intimated that.

  19. Brady’s not in the top 4 because he has played in 43 playoff games and about to be 14 conference championships. Look at the teams he’s played. He had to compete against the Greatest Show on Turf, the Legion of Boom, a Falcons team that broke records, a great Broncos defense to get to the super bowl in 2015, and he played the first six years of his career when quarterbacks could get sacked at their knees. The rules began to change drastically. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 6 touchdowns to 7 interceptions in career NFC championship games. Compare his stats with the same great defenses Brady played.

  20. You know what an amazing stat is? Brady has played in as many PLAYOFF games as Mahomes has…games. Incredible.

    There’s yet another record of Brady’s that you won’t see fall.

  21. billsfan716 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 10:39 am
    What a minite im confused, didn’t you just post on here yesterday that Josh Allen has caught up with Patrick Mahomes talent wise and he’s on the same level as #15?
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    How liberal media of you. The post stated some around the league think he’s caught up to him. Statistically speaking this year he did. What he needs to do is prove this over a few seasons but he’s statistically speaking is now in the conversation with him, although I’d say 1 notch below mahomes
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    No, Allen is not in the conversation. When he begins to approach 3 consecutive AFCCGs, a Super Bowl championship, a Super Bowl MVP, an NFL MVP and the highest passer rating in regular and post season play, then he’ll be in the conversation.

    He’s having a great year, but nothing more than that at this point.

  22. ariani1985 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 10:00 am
    Records are meant to be broken! Let the stidham decade of dominance begin! 🥳

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    Well, it seems like someone is still obsessed with the SIX time Super Bowl Champions!

  23. Like I said yesterday on the Allen is catching him story, no he’s not. This is the best QB I’ve ever seen and even the numbers bear it out. People dismiss the old school guys, but many of them were great like Starr and Unitas in a much tougher league to throw in where their receivers outright got tackled down the field. A lot of QBs get outsized credit when their team wins, but this guy has only had a handful of bad games since he’s been starting, period.

  24. Could you image a 1970’s type of fat O lineman, the kind of guy that only drank 4 beers the night before the game, trying to block a Myles Garrett or Aron Donald?

    Rules have been adjusted for a reason. Today’s players zapped back to the 60’s or 70’s or even 80’s would eat that league alive playing by those rules. A perfectly legal Suh playing in his prime in the 70’s?! James Harrison?! Eaten. Alive. Smoking Len Dawson running for his life for about 2 seconds before being sent to an early retirement by the beast that is Aron Donald.

    These records are being broken for a reason.

  25. In the comments you can tell the Brady fanboys cause they instantly go to Super Bowl wins as the ONLY stat that matters & you can tell the Boomers cause the always talk about how this era of football is so soft and it’s nothing like when football was football. I bet walking up hill to school, both ways in the snow, sucked!

  26. Just a friendly reminder that Aaron Rogers who have played in this league for 13 yrs will start Tomorrow in his FIRST ever HOME Championship game while Patrick Mahomes will start in his 3rd.

  27. Of course passers are more efficient, they dont have to worry about getting hit as much, and they dont have to protect their “defenseless” receivers.

  28. jeffrey atkinson says: January 23, 2021 at 10:50 am. I didn’t see Brady in the top 4🤔
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    The top five have participated in 4 Super Bowl wins compared to Brady’s 6. 🙂

  29. Where would all these young quarterbacks be,if pro football didn’t adapt to college plays for them!

  30. A 103.9 passer rating over the span of 13 years is alot more impressive than a 108.7 for only 3 years. Yes, he only has been a starter since 2018.

  31. I am a lifelong Chiefs fan and of course a huge fan of Patricks. However, I hate that the media spent 2.5 years talking about how great he is. By doing so everyone outside of KC has grown sick of him and now the chants of over rated are coming from everywhere. Including the same media that built him up. Its laughable. Look, Patrick is awesome and there is not a single qb in history I would trade him for. But I’m guessing every fan base who has a great qb thinks the same thing about their guy. Alls I know is with Patrick we have gone to 3 straight AFC championship games. Without him we went to one in fifty years.

  32. Number two: don’t know where anyone gets that Brady is “phony” unless you simply don’t like that he’s been around to beat you for a long time. Everyone who has ever played with him (a much better example) has never intimated that.
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    Brady is a cheater, played for a cheating team and was suspended for such. Those are his records that will never be broken.

  33. acemagee45 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 11:58 am
    In the comments you can tell the Brady fanboys cause they instantly go to Super Bowl wins as the ONLY stat that matters & you can tell the Boomers cause the always talk about how this era of football is so soft and it’s nothing like when football was football. I bet walking up hill to school, both ways in the snow, sucked!

    Why would “Brady Fanboys” only talk about SB?
    He will finish his career being the all time leader in passing yards and TDs in the regular season, post season and SB.
    Not to mention his multiple league MVPS and SB mvps

    But yes in the end SB are ALL THAT MATTERS
    That’s the whole reason they play , to win the SB
    Not to see you can throw the ball the farthest or do a “cool sidearm pass”.

    Why do think people hardly ever mention Dan Marino as one of the best ever? His physical abilities and stats blow Montana’s away but Montana WON.And up until Brady they called him the GOAT.

  34. Off to an excellent start, but those minimum attempts are too low. Should factor in at least 5+ years of attempts. Passer rating in this era isn’t all that anymore, everybody’s over 100.

  35. I suspect that the dislike of Brady has more to do with his ‘hot wife’, ‘great life’ ‘mucho money’ etc. Envy colors how most of us think.

    I have never heard teammates dissing Brady -even in anonymous postings- because of how he treats them.

    As far as i can tell -Brady still works hard during a season to win games. And his healthy lifestyle has given him the ability to ‘play at a high level’ even at 43. I won’t say he’s as good as he was at 33-but he’s still good.

    As far as wins-Belichick managed to essentially rebuild the patriots every 4 years in the salary cap era-which is not an easy feat either. the combination of the 2 and their 20 year run will probably never be duplicated

  36. “ Brady is a cheater “ ???? The only “cheater “ was the cold weather causing footballs to lose pressure, which again , will happen tomorrow afternoon in Green Bay since it’s going to be cold!
    Fortunately there is a vaccine for COVID-19 , unfortunately there still isn’t one for stupidity! ( those people who still don’t understand cold weather causes footballs to lose pressure)!

  37. He and Steph Curry look like 15 year old boys. Don’t give up your dreams diminutive guys out there.

  38. I’m not trying to hear about QB records in the offense-minded, derfense-hating, Goddell Era.

  39. A lot of coaches, scouts, GM’s, and other personnel people didn’t have Mahomes rated as a HOF type QB. It’s hard for many people to admit mistakes, and almost impossible for others. Especially in the NFL, where some of these executive jobs pay millions. A lot of those people are the ones who are now spreading the falsehoods about Mahomes, an obvious HOFer. A lot of his doubters were also the same people who have been highly critical of Andy Reid’s coaching through the years. Andy had been around a long time, and was very high on the list of coaches with the most wins, yet no super bowl titles. They said Andy had poor clock management. He made bad decisions late in games. Didn’t properly use time outs. But now they’re saying it’s Andy’s brilliant coaching that’s allowing Mahomes to succeed at such a high rate. So Andy was a bad coach up until the day he put Mahomes in the lineup, then he suddenly turned brilliant? You’d be surprised at the number of us that will eagerly line up to buy a bridge. If you actually studied Mahomes in college, and you evaluated what you saw him do, and you didn’t listen to anything anyone else said, you would have seen a smarter version of the HOFer Brett Favre. That’s exactly what he did in college. But that’s if you watched his tape. If you did your scouting with your ears, and not your eyes, you’d likely be spending these days trying to cover your as$.

  40. The argument that the “era” matters is silly. What are they supposed to to do? Change the rules every 10 years and reference the 70’s decade champion was… The 10’s decade best players were… Who cares, rules change, bodies change, schemes change. Get over it.

  41. Every post about Mahomes sends the Brady Fan Boys into a frenzy. It makes for some great reading.

  42. Mahomes is a great quarterback, but its a bit meaningless to compare the stats of someone who has been in the league for 3+ seasons to someone who has been in the league for 15-20 seasons. Let’s check back in after his 5th or 10th season to see if he or Deshaun can maintain such lofty stats. For now, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and Manning (in that order) are still the best of all time.

    And, yes, the era does matter. Mahomes can’t control when he was born or played. But it’s silly to compare stats from today to those from the 60, 70s, or even 80s, when passing was just done to keep the defense honest about loading up the box to stop the run.

    Finally, let’s not forget that for a long time Dan Marino had better stats than anyone who had ever played, but Joe Montana was still considered better because he won 4 Super Bowls. Until someone comes close to topping Brady’s 6 (and counting) Super Bowls and 14 (and counting) conference championship games, nothing else matters.

  43. springfield says:
    January 23, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    The argument that the “era” matters is silly. What are they supposed to to do? Change the rules every 10 years and reference the 70’s decade champion was… The 10’s decade best players were… Who cares, rules change, bodies change, schemes change. Get over it.

    It is a silly argument.
    I’ll use Montana again. At his best physically he was 5’11 190 lbs.
    most QBs Today are about 6’4 240 the size of LB when Montana played
    To say ANY QB from this era couldn’t play back then is a joke.
    The athletes now are bigger stronger and faster.
    And back then they played some pretty basic defense. It was either a 4-3 and a few teams played a 3-4. Defenses are more complex now.

    And the whole “you could hold wr back then is a bit of revisionist history too. Go watch watch any highlights of any team Wr are not getting grabbed and held all the way down the field

  44. Can we stop saying Aaron Rodgers is the mvp now? Mahomes is 25-1 in his last 26 games. Or don’t wins count now?

  45. QB ratings are just stats. It’s just a shortcut for those that need a black and white answer to a gray question. The league is almost a different sport than it was 20 years ago, with regards to QBs. Mahomes would be great in any era. But just imagine what Dan Fouts could have done if they allowed the offensive linemen to hold, didn’t allow the QB to be touched, didn’t allow the WRs to be touched, and the receivers didn’t have to worry about getting hit going across the middle. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the rules. I love actually love the new rules. I’m just saying don’t compare stats from one era to another. At the end of Mahomes’ career I might think he’s the best QB ever, but it won’t be because of his QB rating.

  46. flash1224 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    springfield says:
    January 23, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    The argument that the “era” matters is silly. What are they supposed to to do? Change the rules every 10 years and reference the 70’s decade champion was… The 10’s decade best players were… Who cares, rules change, bodies change, schemes change. Get over it.

    It is a silly argument.
    I’ll use Montana again. At his best physically he was 5’11 190 lbs.
    most QBs Today are about 6’4 240 the size of LB when Montana played
    To say ANY QB from this era couldn’t play back then is a joke.
    The athletes now are bigger stronger and faster.
    And back then they played some pretty basic defense. It was either a 4-3 and a few teams played a 3-4. Defenses are more complex now.

    And the whole “you could hold wr back then is a bit of revisionist history too. Go watch watch any highlights of any team Wr are not getting grabbed and held all the way down the field

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    Name a qb other than ben Roethlisberger or Cameron Newton who is 6’4 240.

  47. The West Coast Offense is the greatest Offensive “System” in NFL History starting with Bill Walsh up to what Andy Reid’s current variation of it looks like.

  48. hokahknow says:
    January 23, 2021 at 10:49 am
    It is just part of the pussification of the NFL. Let’s turn the clock back to the 70’s and play by those rules for a few years. The game would be much more fun to watch. I would much rather see a DE destroy the QB than watch 30+ 8 yard down and out pass plays per game…

    21 43 Rate This

    I’m sure that you love your console TV and rotary phone too. Guys like you make me sick, you somehoe tie your own manhood to the physicality of the football you watch. Players today are bigger, stronger and faster than players in the 70s, do you want to see people maimend and possibly die? The NFL chganged several key rules after the 1977 season for a reason, the game was boring with the defenses suffocating the offenses, nobosy wants to go back to that. (and yes I’m old enough to know)

  49. Name a qb other than ben Roethlisberger or Cameron Newton who is 6’4 240.

    Josh Allen 6’4 238
    Tom Brady 6’4 230
    Sam Darnald 6’3 ppp
    All close enough the point is they are all bigger stronger faster now.

  50. Let him play with mediocre weapons for 4-5 years and call me back. He is definitely great, but to ignore that he has great weapons around him is insane. It is like ignoring that Montana had Jerry Rice and vice versa. I don’t want to take anything away from Mahomes, because I honestly love watching him play, but let’s take it with a grain of salt, too. He’s played what, 6 postseason games? That’s less than half of a season. He is on the right path, though. There isn’t another QB in the NFL I would take over him.

  51. This doesn’t mean much. Career passer ratings are cumulative–meaning that poor performances will cause it to go down. Mahomes is still very young, with a lot of years ahead of him, and as a consequence, his sample size is still relatively small; at this point, one bad season will send his rating plummeting. Ditto for Watson.

    Rodgers and Brees both used to have higher career ratings. It’s a tribute to what they’ve done over the long term that they’re still as high as they are, and it would not surprise me if slippage from Mahomes and Watson eventually put Rodgers back in the top spot.

  52. flash1224 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    springfield says:
    January 23, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    The argument that the “era” matters is silly. What are they supposed to to do? Change the rules every 10 years and reference the 70’s decade champion was… The 10’s decade best players were… Who cares, rules change, bodies change, schemes change. Get over it.

    It is a silly argument.
    I’ll use Montana again. At his best physically he was 5’11 190 lbs.
    most QBs Today are about 6’4 240 the size of LB when Montana played
    To say ANY QB from this era couldn’t play back then is a joke.
    The athletes now are bigger stronger and faster.
    And back then they played some pretty basic defense. It was either a 4-3 and a few teams played a 3-4. Defenses are more complex now.

    And the whole “you could hold wr back then is a bit of revisionist history too. Go watch watch any highlights of any team Wr are not getting grabbed and held all the way down the field
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    Rodgers took one normal hit from A. Barr and was out for the year. What do you think would happen if he took a hit from Lawrence Taylor? I would say it would end his career.

  53. Hasn’t he only played in like two postseasons? Let’s wait til he has 10+ years of postseason stats for it to mean anything.

  54. I cheer for the Seahawks but I have a big ol’ soft spot for Josh Allen. He’s my kinda QB.

  55. conormacleod says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:02 pm
    Can we stop saying Aaron Rodgers is the mvp now? Mahomes is 25-1 in his last 26 games. Or don’t wins count now?

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    The Rodgers people don’t want you to count Super Bowls or Conference Championships. They need to direct your attention away from meaningful wins.

    Put it this way: if Mahomes plays for 12 more years and doesn’t win any more titles, we will certainly be surprised and call it a disappointment. That’s because it would be equivalent to Rodgers, and also because it would be true.

  56. A better comparison would be against Brees, Brady, Wilson Rodgers etc QB rating in their first 3 years as a starter and also in their 3 best years of consecutive rating. Is it better than all of them in a short snapshot vs the long career snapshot the article uses?

  57. Chiefs fans are pretty comical about the way they evaluate. Allen is every bit as capable and talented a QB as Mahomes, maybe more so due to Allen’s size. But, it is a team sport and of course Mahomes has accomplished more to this point. Mahomes has never had to go through a rebuild or HC carousel. He just walked into a pro bowl roster. Let’s give it 10 years at least shall we?

  58. The likelihood of his passer rating regressing is statistically significant.

    His numbers now are like having a lead in the first quarter. The game is far from over …

  59. “Let’s give it 10 years at least shall we,” to see if Allen is as good as Mahomes…

    Mahomes is 24-1 in his last 25 games. It may take Allen 10 years, at least, to go 24-1.

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