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NFL Playoff Teams to Start Three Quarterbacks

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Data dump time. In writing about the Arizona Cardinals for this week’s Sunday Night Football column, I became curious about which playoff teams since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger have had at least three different quarterbacks start games in the regular season. So, off to P-F-R I went! A couple hundred browser tabs later, I had produced the following list, which excludes the 1987 season because of the use of replacement players. The Cardinals subsequently joined the list, and I have continued to update it for future seasons.

  1. 1971 Vikings-Gary Cuozzo 8, Bob Lee 4, Norm Snead 2
  2. 1973 Steelers-Terry Bradshaw 9, Terry Hanratty 4, Joe Gilliam 1
  3. 1974 Steelers-Terry Bradshaw 7, Joe Gilliam 6, Terry Hanratty 1
  4. 1976 Rams-Pat Haden 7, James Harris 5, Ron Jaworski 2
  5. 1977 Vikings-Fran Tarkenton 9, Bob Lee 4, Tommy Kramer 1
  6. 1978 Broncos-Craig Morton 13, Craig Penrose 2, Norris Weese 1
  7. 1979 Bears-Mike Phipps 10, Bob Avellini 3, Vince Evans 3
  8. 1979 Rams-Pat Haden 10, Vince Ferragamo 5, Jeff Rutledge 1
  9. 1983 Dolphins-Dan Marino 9, David Woodley 5, Don Strock 2
  10. 1983 Broncos-John Elway 10, Steve DeBerg 5, Gary Kubiak 1
  11. 1984 Bears-Jim McMahon 9, Steve Fuller 4, Bob Avellini 1, Greg Landry 1, Rusty Lisch 1
  12. 1986 Bears-Mike Tomczak 7, Jim McMahon 6, Steve Fuller 2, Doug Flutie 1
  13. 1986 49ers-Joe Montana 8, Jeff Kemp 6, Mike Moroski 2
  14. 1986 Rams-Steve Bartkowski 6, Steve Dils 5, Jim Everett 5
  15. 1988 Browns-Bernie Kosar 9, Mike Pagel 4, Don Strock 2, Gary Danielson 1
  16. 1988 Seahawks-Dave Krieg 9, Kelly Stouffer 6, Jeff Kemp 1
  17. 1988 Bears-Jim McMahon 9, Mike Tomczak 5, Jim Harbaugh 2
  18. 1990 Redskins-Mark Rypien 10, Stan Humphries 5, Jeff Rutledge 1
  19. 1993 Cowboys-Troy Aikman 14, Jason Garrett 1, Bernie Kosar 1
  20. 1993 Lions-Rodney Peete 10, Erik Kramer 4, Andre Ware 2
  21. 1994 Cowboys-Troy Aikman 14, Jason Garrett 1, Rodney Peete 1
  22. 1995 Colts-Jim Harbaugh 12, Craig Erickson 3, Paul Justin 1
  23. 1997 Jaguars-Mark Brunell 14, Rob Johnson 1, Steve Matthews 1
  24. 1998 Jaguars-Mark Brunell 13, Jonathan Quinn 2, Jamie Martin 1
  25. 1998 Falcons-Chris Chandler 14, Steve DeBerg 1, Tony Graziani 1
  26. 1999 Buccaneers-Trent Dilfer 10, Shaun King 5, Eric Zeier 1
  27. 2002 Eagles-Donovan McNabb 10, A.J. Feeley 5, Koy Detmer 1
  28. 2002 Buccaneers-Brad Johnson 13, Rob Johnson 2, Shaun King 1
  29. 2003 Titans-Steve McNair 14, Neil O’Donnell 1, Billy Volek 1
  30. 2003 Broncos-Jake Plummer 11, Steve Beuerlein 2, Danny Kanell 2, Jarious Jackson 1
  31. 2005 Steelers-Ben Roethlisberger 12, Charlie Batch 2, Tommy Maddox 2
  32. 2010 Steelers-Ben Roethlisberger 12, Charlie Batch 2, Dennis Dixon 2
  33. 2011 Texans-Matt Schaub 10, T.J. Yates 5, Matt Leinart 1
  34. 2013 Packers-Aaron Rodgers 9, Matt Flynn 4, Scott Tolzien 2, Seneca Wallace 1
  35. 2014 Cardinals-Drew Stanton 8, Carson Palmer 6, Ryan Lindley 2
  36. 2015 Steelers-Ben Roethlisberger 11, Michael Vick 3, Landry Jones 2
  37. 2015 Texans-Brian Hoyer 9, Ryan Mallett 4, T.J. Yates 2, Brandon Weeden 1
  38. 2016 Patriots-Tom Brady 12, Jacoby Brissett 2, Jimmy Garoppolo 2

LATEST UPDATE (2016-12-28, 1730 CT): Jumping the gun a bit, but added 2016 New England Patriots to the list.

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Written by Tom Gower

December 17, 2014 at 18:25

Posted in General NFL

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