Friday, February 04, 2005SB: Top 5 Performances (QB)
-- Turnovers are a MAJOR penalty. ESPN Page 2 said Tom Brady's performance last year was the best ever based on some scoring system. I say B.S. because he threw a goal-line interception with the Pats leading 21-16 and ready to go for blood. Three plays later Jake Delhomme hits Mushin Muhammad for an 85-yard score and a 22-21 lead. That's a 13-point turnover my friend. Unfortunately this also excludes Doug Williams' classic performance.
-- If wasn't around, it didn't happen. This is ok, because there wasn't much for great QB efforts until Super Bowl XIII anyway, so we're safe here.
-- 200 Yards Minimum. Can't throw for more than that, I ain't got time for you.
-- One Name Per List. Too easy to fill three spots with Joe Montana performances.
-- No Losers. Sorry Jake Delhomme, you'd be #5 if I could.
So with that being said. Here we go.
1) Joe Montana (Super Bowl XXIII): Yeah, I'm shocked I picked Montana first too. Joe Cool had three really great games and Super Bowl XIX or XXIV could've easily went here but XXIII was special because it combined everything great about Montana. The accuracy, the distance and the comeback. For the day he was 23-of-36 for 357 yards and two scores. What I'll always remember is the 92-yard drive to win the game. I knew he was going to do it, you knew he was going to do it, but watching it happen is special. He was a special player.
2) Phil Simms (Super Bowl XXI): To this date I'm not sure if this is a perfect QB game or not. 22-of-25 for 268 yards and three touchdowns has to be close to 158.3 don't you think? Nonetheless Simms didn't miss a pass in the second half. And when I say didn't miss a pass, he didn't -- 10-for-10 in the second half.
3) Kurt Warner (Super Bowl XXIV): Forget the average completion percentage for a second (24-of-45) and look at the 414 yards and then forget the low touchdown number (1) and look at when it happened: The Titans had scored 16 unanswered points to tie the game with two minutes remaining and Warner completed a bomb to Isaac Bruce for 73 yards and the game-winning score. An MVP performance by the league's MVP.
4) Steve Young (Super Bowl XXIX): If six touchdowns doesn't get the monkey off your back nothing will. We knew this game was going to be a blow out because San Diego was only there due to the fact that Bill Cowher is the biggest choker in this generation of football. However, Steve Young made sure it was a blowout with four first-half touchdowns.
5) Troy Aikman (Super Bowl XXVII): His best game of his three titles (22-of-30, 273 yards, four touchdowns). Isn't much to say about a game that was such a terrible blowout, but it lifted Aikman to the elite level of quarterbacks. He was as good as it gets for a 5-year span.