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Mailbag: Super Bowl QBs With the Fewest Career Home Playoff Games

Posted by Neil Paine on February 21, 2011

PFR reader Bill asked a great question yesterday:

"I can't find evidence of this, but is Aaron Rodgers the only quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl without ever having a playoff game in his home stadium? Other wild card teams have won Super Bowls, but the quarterback will have had at least one playoff game at home during his career prior to winning a super bowl."

Question answered -- here are the fewest previous playoff home games (games where he recorded any stats at all, not just starts) by a Super Bowl-winning QB:

Quarterback Year Team Prev Hm G
Len Dawson 1969 KAN 0
Aaron Rodgers 2010 GNB 0
Joe Namath 1968 NYJ 1
Bob Griese 1972 MIA 1
Jim Plunkett 1980 OAK 1
Jeff Hostetler 1990 NYG 1
Troy Aikman 1992 DAL 1
Tom Brady 2001 NWE 1
Eli Manning 2007 NYG 1

Rodgers became the second Super Bowl winning quarterback ever to enter the game with zero career playoff home starts, and zero career games where he actually recorded any stats, following Dawson (whose only career playoff home game was also his last playoff game).

Of course, alert reader Tom Steen pointed out in the comments that Rodgers did technically play in Green Bay's 2007 home game vs. Seattle, recording no stats but taking the field at one point. So if you're a stickler, the answer is still Dawson.

Just for fun, here's the whole list of Super Bowl starting QBs, keeping in mind that our playoff gamelogs only go back to 1960 (so we won't pick up any home playoff games before that):

Quarterback Year Team Won SB Prv Hm G
Aaron Rodgers 2010 GNB 1 0
Ben Roethlisberger 2010 PIT 0 7
Drew Brees 2009 NOR 1 4
Peyton Manning 2009 IND 0 9
Ben Roethlisberger 2008 PIT 1 5
Kurt Warner 2008 ARI 0 6
Eli Manning 2007 NYG 1 1
Tom Brady 2007 NWE 0 8
Peyton Manning 2006 IND 1 6
Rex Grossman 2006 CHI 0 3
Ben Roethlisberger 2005 PIT 1 2
Matt Hasselbeck 2005 SEA 0 3
Tom Brady 2004 NWE 1 4
Donovan McNabb 2004 PHI 0 8
Tom Brady 2003 NWE 1 3
Jake Delhomme 2003 CAR 0 1
Brad Johnson 2002 TAM 1 2
Rich Gannon 2002 OAK 0 6
Tom Brady 2001 NWE 1 1
Kurt Warner 2001 STL 0 4
Trent Dilfer 2000 BAL 1 2
Kerry Collins 2000 NYG 0 3
Kurt Warner 1999 STL 1 2
Steve McNair 1999 TEN 0 1
John Elway 1998 DEN 1 11
Chris Chandler 1998 ATL 0 1
John Elway 1997 DEN 1 9
Brett Favre 1997 GNB 0 5
Brett Favre 1996 GNB 1 4
Drew Bledsoe 1996 NWE 0 2
Troy Aikman 1995 DAL 1 6
Neil O'Donnell 1995 PIT 0 5
Steve Young 1994 SFO 1 10
Stan Humphries 1994 SDG 0 2
Troy Aikman 1993 DAL 1 3
Jim Kelly 1993 BUF 0 7
Troy Aikman 1992 DAL 1 1
Jim Kelly 1992 BUF 0 5
Mark Rypien 1991 WAS 1 2
Jim Kelly 1991 BUF 0 5
Jeff Hostetler 1990 NYG 1 1
Jim Kelly 1990 BUF 0 3
Joe Montana 1989 SFO 1 9
John Elway 1989 DEN 0 6
Joe Montana 1988 SFO 1 7
Boomer Esiason 1988 CIN 0 2
Doug Williams 1987 WAS 1 3
John Elway 1987 DEN 0 4
Phil Simms 1986 NYG 1 3
John Elway 1986 DEN 0 2
Jim McMahon 1985 CHI 1 2
Tony Eason 1985 NWE 0 0
Joe Montana 1984 SFO 1 5
Dan Marino 1984 MIA 0 3
Jim Plunkett 1983 RAI 1 5
Joe Theismann 1983 WAS 0 5
Joe Theismann 1982 WAS 1 3
David Woodley 1982 MIA 0 4
Joe Montana 1981 SFO 1 2
Ken Anderson 1981 CIN 0 2
Jim Plunkett 1980 OAK 1 1
Ron Jaworski 1980 PHI 0 5
Terry Bradshaw 1979 PIT 1 9
Vince Ferragamo 1979 RAM 0 1
Terry Bradshaw 1978 PIT 1 7
Roger Staubach 1978 DAL 0 8
Roger Staubach 1977 DAL 1 7
Craig Morton 1977 DEN 0 5
Ken Stabler 1976 OAK 1 6
Fran Tarkenton 1976 MIN 0 6
Terry Bradshaw 1975 PIT 1 5
Roger Staubach 1975 DAL 0 4
Terry Bradshaw 1974 PIT 1 3
Fran Tarkenton 1974 MIN 0 3
Bob Griese 1973 MIA 1 3
Fran Tarkenton 1973 MIN 0 1
Bob Griese 1972 MIA 1 1
Billy Kilmer 1972 WAS 0 2
Roger Staubach 1971 DAL 1 2
Bob Griese 1971 MIA 0 1
Johnny Unitas 1970 BAL 1 2
Craig Morton 1970 DAL 0 3
Len Dawson 1969 KAN 1 0
Joe Kapp 1969 MIN 0 2
Joe Namath 1968 NYJ 1 1
Earl Morrall 1968 BAL 0 1
Bart Starr 1967 GNB 1 5
Daryle Lamonica 1967 OAK 0 2
Bart Starr 1966 GNB 1 3
Len Dawson 1966 KAN 0 0

Going into Super Bowl XXXIII, John Elway had appeared in a staggering eleven playoff home games, an all-time record. Steve Young appeared in 10 before Super Bowl XXIX, but only 5 of those were starts (the rest were in relief of Joe Montana).

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