You’re down by 4 with just over a minute left on the board. Who do you want playing quarterback for your team? It’s an old debate and with so many great quarterbacks to have played the game there are many great resumes to choose from. In order to survive in the league, quarterbacks have to be good decision makers and they have to be clutch. The pressures of leading your team down the field in front of thousands of cheering (or jeering) fans, while carrying the team on your arm. It’s an unimaginable task for most people, yet there are a select group of players who’ve made a name from being able to do just that.
So many classic NFL games involve great comebacks. Some fans enjoy defensive games and others prefer a more offensive showcase. Either option can lead to a come-from-behind win. It’s exhilarating to watch one team slip from the jaws of defeat and pull out a seemingly impossible victory. It all rides on the arm of the quarterback, the field general. Though a strong supporting cast is important, the great ones can move the ball regardless of who's playing alongside them.
10 Warren Moon – 26 4th Quarter Comebacks – 37 Game-Winning Drives
9 Brett Favre – 30 4th Quarter Comebacks – 45 Game-Winning Drives
8 Johnny Unitas – 36 4th Quarter Comebacks – 40 Game-Winning Drives
7 Eli Manning – 25 4th Quarter Comebacks – 30 Game-Winning Drives
6 Drew Brees – 23 4th Quarter Comebacks – 34 Game-Winning Drives
5 John Elway – 35 4th Quarter Comebacks – 46 Game-Winning Drives
4 Tom Brady – 31 4th Quarter Comebacks – 42 Game-Winning Drives
3 Peyton Manning – 40 4th Quarter Comebacks – 51 Game-Winning Drives
2 Dan Marino – 36 4th Quarter Comebacks – 51 Game-Winning Drives
1 Joe Montana – 31 4th Quarter Comebacks – 33 Game-Winning Drives
When a guy earns the nickname Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, it’s fair to say that he’s good under pressure. Joe Montana wasn’t just good, he was the best. His most famous game winning drive, aptly nicknamed “The Catch,” was the first step to the 49ers dynasty of the 80s. With 4:54 left against the Cowboys and a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, Dallas lead 27-21. San Francisco got the ball on their 11-yard line and drove the ball down the length of the field. Throwing an off balance pass to Dwight Clark, Montana tied the game with 51 seconds left and an extra point clinched the win. That was the first of many big time comeback wins orchestrated by Montana, which would eventually earn him a reputation as the NFL’s best clutch QB.
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