Baltimore QB Joe Flacco: An ‘error-free’ Super Bowl puts him in an elite QB group

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog published with a focus on stats that go beyond the numbers.

We have seen on several occasions where a quarterback with a “hot” hand can lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. Could that be the case with Ravens’ signal-caller Joe Flacco?

Let me offer the following stat that might be pretty relevant… In the three playoff games this year leading up to today’s Super Bowl, Flacco has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions on 93 pass attempts. Flacco could break a record held by Drew Brees; Brees in 2009 led the Saints to an NFL title with a post-season performance that included no interceptions on 102 pass attempts. If Flacco can finish today’s game with no interceptions and have 10 or more pass attempts, he will erase Brees’ mark.

Following are the eight QBs who finished a playoff season with no interceptions on 70 or more pass attempts.

Quarterback, team, season, playoff pass attempts with 0 interceptions
Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2009: 102 pass attempts
Troy Aikman, Dallas, 1992: 89 pass attempts
Steve Young, San Francisco, 1994: 87 pass attempts
Daryle Lamonica, Oakland, 1968: 86 pass attempts
Joe Montana, San Francisco, 1989: 83 pass attempts
Tom Brady, New England, 2004: 81 pass attempts
Neil O’Donnell, Pittsburgh, 1994: 77 pass attempts
Jeff Hostetler, New York Giants, 1990: 76 pass attempts

Three quick notes:

* Nineteen (Flacco would be the 20th if he doesn’t throw an interception in today’s game) quarterbacks went through a playoff season with no interceptions on 50 or more passes.

* Of the QBs who had no interceptions in a playoff season, Joe Montana had the most TDs with 11 in 1989. Steve Young had nine in 1994. Three players are tied with eight TDs: Troy Aikman (1992), Drew Brees (2009) and Phil Simms (1986). Flacco already has eight TDs this postseason and could challenge Montana’s mark with three TDs and no interceptions today.

* Of the 19 QBs with no interceptions on 50 or more pass attempts in a playoff season, 11 won the Super Bowl that year.

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2 responses

  1. I did not see this article until after the Super Bowl. It seems like the article could have been written in an almost identical manner after the Super Bowl. He must have broken Brees’ record.

    1. Jim: He did break Brees’ mark, and he tied Montana with 11 TDs and no interceptions in a playoff season. JT

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