Ben Roethlisberger set to pass Joe Montana, Brett Favre in playoff passing yards

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is No. 5 in NFL history in postseason passing yards. By the end of Sunday night’s game, Roethlisberger should be No. 3.

Roethlisberger has passed for 5,757 passing yards in the playoffs in his career. Joe Montana is in fourth place all-time with 5,772 and Brett Favre is in third with 5,855.

That means Roethlisberger needs only 99 yards on Sunday night against the Chiefs to move into third place in NFL history. Roethlisberger has only been held to less than 99 yards four times in 271 career games, so it’s a safe bet that he’ll reach 99 yards on Sunday night.

What Roethlisberger won’t do is move any higher than No. 3 in NFL history. Tom Brady is first with 12,449 postseason passing yards, and Peyton Manning is second with 7,339. So Roethlisberger will get to third and stay at third.

And Roethlisberger may not stay at third for long. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is No. 6 all time with 5,669 postseason passing yards. When the Packers play their first playoff game next weekend, Rodgers may move ahead of Roethlisberger, Montana and Favre all in one game.

26 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger set to pass Joe Montana, Brett Favre in playoff passing yards

  1. Thats a telling stat. Somewhat suprising. But how can you deny a QB 1st ballot hall of fame who is top 3 (for now) in post season yards??

  2. The most underrated quarterback of all time. You want a winner: career .670 winning percentage, 2 championships, three AFC championships, 11 playoff appearances and never had a losing season. You want a stat guy: top 5 in career yards, #8 in career touchdown passes. You want someone clutch: second all time in 4th quarter and OT game winning drives, including one of the biggest of all time in the Super Bowl. You want toughness: the most sacked quarterback of all time, broke his nose and didn’t miss a play, and one of the best quarterbacks all time after contact. I give you Ben Roethlisberger.

  3. Even though passing yards come much easier these days, it’s still nice to be recognized as one of the guys that was getting his team into the playoffs every year. Big Ben is one of the most underrated players of all time.

  4. I’m not necessarily a big ben guy, but he’s a future hall of famer for sure. Two rings and all kinds of marks on all time lists. Enough of the “hall of very good” comments that seem to be hot right now.

  5. Ben has benefitted from our good defenses for many years. Especially for the first half of his career.

    Not HOF. Hall of Very Good.

    Then there is the off field stuff. Definitely: Hall of Imagine What He Could Have Done if he Did Anything Productive in the Offseason.

  6. Big Ben is a slam dunk HOFer. Here’s hoping for the upset this weekend.

    It’s stunning to think that when he moves into the #3 spot in career playoff yards that it would take another full career of the same magnitude to still be behind Tom Brady. Not a knock at all on him or Rodgers, Montana, etc. – just a hard to fathom thing.

  7. Ben has benefitted from our good defenses for many years. Especially for the first half of his career.
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    Tom Brady on line 1

  8. I can see it now… the Steelers shock the world and take an early lead on the Chiefs. Toward the end of the game, the Steelers are up and driving. Ben hands off to Najee on the goal line who inexplicably fumbles. Mathieu pick up the fumble and starts running for the end zone. Ben makes a game saving tackle and suffers multiple injuries in the process. Steelers win. Alright, back to the scratch-off tickets.

  9. Wait, wait, wait… how can you be so sure Big Ben won’t catch Manning? Look at the numbers. Big Ben is only 1582 yards behind with four games left, including the Super Bowl. He only has to average 395.5 yards per game to catch Manning. Well, it *could* happen.

  10. Yes, Ben is a hall of famer. Yes, he should get it in the first or second ballot. – Giants fan who hopes Eli gets in on the first few tries.

  11. Yes, Ben is a hall of famer. Yes, he should get it in the first or second ballot. – Giants fan who hopes Eli gets in on the first few tries.
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    Ben is a HOFr, no doubt.

    Too bad teh Steelers and Patriots didn’t matchup when those teams were at their peaks. The stars never really aligned, unfortunately.

    Eli is in as well. Rings are overvalued in the HOF conversation, and Eli beat Brady twice.

    It will take awhile for the 17 and 18 game seasons to bloat the numbers. 10-15 years from now their numbers will look alot less impressive. But they’re going to make it before that window closes.

    .. Rivers as well. He passed Marino in yards and td passes.

  12. Eli was a very good QB who, to his absolute credit, captured lightning in a bottle and had two legendary runs in the playoffs. My issue with his candidacy is that there were far too many non-playoff years and mediocre qb play years woven in there.

    Ben is a great QB by any measure. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be first ballot.

    Eli will probably get in at some point, and it will rightly be controversial.

  13. The biggest play Ben made in the playoffs was not a pass, but a tackle. Nick Harper, Colts, 2005 season playoffs.

    His throw to Holmes is still his biggest pot-season pass.

  14. Eli was a very good QB who, to his absolute credit, captured lightning in a bottle and had two legendary runs in the playoffs. My issue with his candidacy is that there were far too many non-playoff years and mediocre qb play years woven in there.

    Ben is a great QB by any measure. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be first ballot.

    Eli will probably get in at some point, and it will rightly be controversial.

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    Not sure when Eli will get in but didn’t Jim Plunkett win 2 Superbowls……shouldn’t he be in…….

  15. “Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is No. 6 all time with 5,669 postseason passing yards”

    That is a lot of playoff yards for the one hit wonder.

  16. Big Ben is absolutely a future HoF inductee, with two Super Bowl rings and a ton of individual records. But he should have retired a year or two ago. To be that good, you have to be ultra competitive, and the ultra competitive often have a hard time knowing when to walk away.

  17. Not sure when Eli will get in but didn’t Jim Plunkett win 2 Superbowls……shouldn’t he be in……
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    I think the Senior Committee puts him in at some point.

    Especially if this trend of teams not repeating continues.

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