NFL: My apologies to Jake Delhomme
I owe Jake Delhomme an apology.
Last Monday, I wrote about the novelty of Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco being tied for the NFL record for most playoff road wins by a starting quarterback. I had them tied with Len Dawson and Roger Staubach.
Which they are. But they’re also tied with Jake Delhomme, who was 4-1 on the playoff road with Carolina.
I researched the 60 most notable quarterbacks as listed by profootball-reference.com, a superb statistical website. Plus Jim Plunkett, who for reasons I don’t understand didn’t make that top 60.
Delhomme slipped under the radar. One of my great readers sent me an email, so I dug even further and looked at probably 150 more quarterbacks. I found three other QBs with three road playoff wins each — Vince Ferragamo, who quarterbacked the ’79 Rams to the Super Bowl; Tony Eason, who did the same with the ’85 Patriots; and Earl Morrall, the great backup who spectacularly relieved Johnny Unitas with the ’68 Colts and Bob Griese with the ’72 Dolphins.
Anyway, here’s a belated salute to Delhomme and the updated road playoff records of about 120 NFL quarterbacks:
4-1: Len Dawson, Jake Delhomme, Roger Staubach, Mark Sanchez.
4-3: Joe Flacco.
3-0: Ben Roethlisberger.
3-1: Tony Eason, Eli Manning, Earl Morrall.
3-2: Tom Brady, John Elway, Vince Ferragamo, Steve McNair.
3-4: Mark Brunell, Donovan McNabb.
3-7: Brett Favre.
2-1: Trent Dilfer, Jim Plunkett, Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Richard Todd.
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