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Posted by Doug on January 19, 2007

The quarterback Petyon Manning is most often compared to is Dan Marino. This Sunday, Manning is hoping to avoid joining a club whose membership includes Marino and another future Hall of Famer: Brett Favre. Oh yeah, Bernie Kosar too.

Marino's, Favre's, and Kosar's teams all lost three playoff games to the same team led by the same quarterback. Favre's Packers lost three times in four years to a Cowboy team led by Troy Aikman (a quarterback who is often compared to Tom Brady). Marino's Dolphins lost to Jim Kelly and the Bills three times between 1990 and 1995. Kosar's Browns lost three championship games in four years against John Elway-quarterbacked Denver teams.

My individual playoff game database only goes back to 1975, so this is an incomplete list, but here is a list of pairs of quarterbacks who have faced each other more than once (since 1975) in the playoffs. In each case, the quarterbacks are listed alphabetically and the games are listed home-team-last.


Jim Kelly vs Dan Marino (3)
1990 d: mia 34, buf 44
1992 c: buf 29, mia 10
1995 w: mia 22, buf 37

Brett Favre vs Steve Young (3)
1995 d: gnb 27, sfo 17
1997 c: gnb 23, sfo 10
1998 w: gnb 27, sfo 30

John Elway vs Bernie Kosar (3)
1986 c: den 23, cle 20
1987 c: cle 33, den 38
1989 c: cle 21, den 37

Troy Aikman vs Brett Favre (3)
1993 d: gnb 17, dal 27
1994 d: gnb 9, dal 35
1995 c: gnb 27, dal 38

Troy Aikman vs Steve Young (3)
1992 c: dal 30, sfo 20
1993 c: sfo 21, dal 38
1994 c: dal 28, sfo 38

Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning (2)
2003 c: ind 14, nwe 24
2004 d: ind 3, nwe 20

Joe Montana vs Phil Simms (2)
1984 d: nyg 10, sfo 21
1985 w: sfo 3, nyg 17

Peyton Manning vs Jake Plummer (2)
2003 w: den 10, ind 41
2004 w: den 24, ind 49

Drew Bledsoe vs Kordell Stewart (2)
1997 d: nwe 6, pit 7
2001 c: nwe 24, pit 17

Jeff Kemp vs Phil Simms (2)
1984 w: nyg 16, ram 13
1986 d: sfo 3, nyg 49

Donovan McNabb vs Michael Vick (2)
2002 d: atl 6, phi 20
2004 c: atl 10, phi 27

Terry Bradshaw vs Roger Staubach (2)
1975 s: pit 21, dal 17
1978 s: pit 35, dal 31

Jeff Hostetler vs Jim Kelly (2)
1990 s: nyg 20, buf 19
1993 d: rai 23, buf 29

Steve Bartkowski vs Danny White (2)
1978 d: atl 20, dal 27
1980 d: dal 30, atl 27

Dan Marino vs Joe Montana (2)
1984 s: sfo 38, mia 16
1994 w: kan 17, mia 27

John Elway vs Warren Moon (2)
1987 d: hou 10, den 34
1991 d: hou 24, den 26

Troy Aikman vs Randall Cunningham (2)
1992 d: phi 10, dal 34
1995 d: phi 11, dal 30

Peyton Manning vs Steve McNair (2)
1999 d: ten 19, ind 16
2006 d: ind 15, bal 6

Pat Haden vs Fran Tarkenton (2)
1976 c: ram 13, min 24
1978 d: min 10, ram 34

Terry Bradshaw vs Ken Stabler (2)
1975 c: oak 10, pit 16
1976 c: pit 7, oak 24

Danny White vs Doug Williams (2)
1981 d: tam 0, dal 38
1982 w: tam 17, dal 30

Pat Haden vs Roger Staubach (2)
1976 d: ram 14, dal 12
1978 c: dal 28, ram 0

Stan Humphries vs Dan Marino (2)
1992 d: sdg 0, mia 31
1994 d: mia 21, sdg 22

Trent Green vs Peyton Manning (2)
2003 d: ind 38, kan 31
2006 w: kan 8, ind 23

Dave Krieg vs Dan Marino (2)
1983 d: sea 27, mia 20
1984 d: sea 10, mia 31

Terry Bradshaw vs Dan Pastorini (2)
1978 c: hou 5, pit 34
1979 c: hou 13, pit 27

Jim McMahon vs Phil Simms (2)
1985 d: nyg 0, chi 21
1993 w: min 10, nyg 17

Brad Johnson vs Donovan McNabb (2)
2001 w: tam 9, phi 31
2002 c: tam 27, phi 10

Joe Montana vs Wade Wilson (2)
1987 d: min 36, sfo 24
1988 d: min 9, sfo 34

Vince Ferragamo vs Danny White (2)
1980 w: ram 13, dal 34
1983 w: ram 24, dal 17

Mark Brunell vs John Elway (2)
1996 d: jax 30, den 27
1997 w: jax 17, den 42

My coaching database is much more complete than the playoff game database, but isn't 100% complete. I may be missing some guys from pre-1950, but here is a list of all pairs of coaches who have faced each other three or more times. A quick scan reveals that the company Tony Dungy is hoping to avoid consists of George Allen (who lost three times to Bud Grant), Dick Nolan (who lost in three straight years to Tom Landry), Don Shula (0-3 against Marv Levy), Marty Schottenheimer (0-3 against Don Shula), and Chuck Knox (0-3 against Bud Grant). Is anyone else surprised that Chuck Noll and Don Shula only faced each other three times in the playoffs?


Bud Grant vs Tom Landry (5)
1968 p: dal 17, min 13
1971 d: dal 20, min 12
1973 c: min 27, dal 10
1975 d: dal 17, min 14
1977 c: min 6, dal 23

John Madden vs Chuck Noll (5)
1972 d: oak 7, pit 13
1973 d: pit 14, oak 33
1974 c: pit 24, oak 13
1975 c: oak 10, pit 16
1976 c: pit 7, oak 24

George Halas vs Steve Owen (4)
1933 c: nyg 21, chi 23
1934 c: nyg 30, chi 13
1941 c: nyg 9, chi 37
1946 c: chi 24, nyg 14

George Allen vs Bud Grant (3)
1969 d: ram 20, min 23
1973 d: was 20, min 27
1976 d: was 20, min 35

Tom Landry vs Dick Nolan (3)
1970 c: dal 17, sfo 10
1971 c: sfo 3, dal 14
1972 d: dal 30, sfo 28

John Madden vs Don Shula (3)
1970 d: mia 14, oak 21
1973 c: oak 10, mia 27
1974 d: mia 26, oak 28

Paul Brown vs Raymond Parker (3)
1952 c: det 17, cle 7
1953 c: cle 16, det 17
1954 c: det 10, cle 56

Tom Landry vs Ray Malavasi (3)
1978 c: dal 28, ram 0
1979 d: ram 21, dal 19
1980 w: ram 13, dal 34

Chuck Noll vs Don Shula (3)
1972 c: mia 21, pit 17
1979 d: mia 14, pit 34
1984 c: pit 28, mia 45

Bill Belichick vs Bill Cowher (3)
1994 d: cle 9, pit 29
2001 c: nwe 24, pit 17
2004 c: nwe 41, pit 27

Marv Levy vs Don Shula (3)
1990 d: mia 34, buf 44
1992 c: buf 29, mia 10
1995 w: mia 22, buf 37

Curly Lambeau vs Steve Owen (3)
1938 c: gnb 17, nyg 23
1939 c: nyg 0, gnb 27
1944 c: gnb 14, nyg 7

Bill Parcells vs Bill Walsh (3)
1984 d: nyg 10, sfo 21
1985 w: sfo 3, nyg 17
1986 d: sfo 3, nyg 49

Marty Schottenheimer vs Don Shula (3)
1985 d: cle 21, mia 24
1990 w: kan 16, mia 17
1994 w: kan 17, mia 27
Bud Grant vs Chuck Knox (3)
1974 c: ram 10, min 14
1976 c: ram 13, min 24
1977 d: min 14, ram 7

Blanton Collier vs Tom Landry (3)
1967 d: cle 14, dal 52
1968 d: dal 20, cle 31
1969 d: cle 38, dal 14

Mike Ditka vs Joe Gibbs (3)
1984 d: chi 23, was 19
1986 d: was 27, chi 13
1987 d: was 21, chi 17

Chuck Knox vs Tom Landry (3)
1973 d: ram 16, dal 27
1975 c: dal 37, ram 7
1976 d: ram 14, dal 12

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