NFL: Jerry Rice and the Most Playoff Games Played in History

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It’s that time of year.  Just a couple games left to determine the final playoff teams.  So, an appropriately themed post as we head into a packed Saturday slate.

Jerry Rice has played in the most playoff games in NFL history.  Adam Vinatieri is the closest active player – he’s five games from tying Rice.

But Vinatieri won’t be adding to his totals this year, as the Indianapolis Colts are far from the postseason at 2-13.

Where’s Tom Brady you ask?  He’s not far away at 19 playoff games; he might be able to crack this list before the season’s end.  David Akers, Asante Samuel and Peyton Manning also stand at 19 games.

Check out Gary Anderson making the postseason with five different teams.  I might have to do a post on that topic.

Have a Great Holiday!  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all.

CHART UPDATED: January 20, 2013 (original post above from Dec. 23, 2011). Thanks to Ben. Adam Vinatieri added a game this year. Tom Brady added two. David Akers adds three to make the list. I’ve already included this year’s Super Bowl for him. Note: These numbers include Super Bowl appearances.

1. Jerry Rice WR 29  1985-2004 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seahawks
2. D.D. Lewis LB 27  1968-1981 Cowboys
3. Bill Romanowski LB 26  1988-2003 49ers, Eagles, Broncos, Oakland Raiders
3. Larry Cole DE-DT 26  1968-1980 Cowboys
5. Adam Vinatieri PK 25 1996-2012 Patriots, Indianapolis Colts
5. Charlie Waters DB 25 1970-1981 Cowboys
7. Tom Brady QB 24 2000-2012 Patriots
7. David Akers* PK 24 1998-2012 Eagles, 49ers
7. Brett Favre QB 24  1991-2010 Falcons, Packers, Vikings
7. Gene Upshaw G 24  1967-1981 Oakland Raiders
7. Ed White G-T 24  1969-1985 Vikings, Chargers
12. Dave Dalby C 23  1972-1985 Oakland Raiders
12. Joe Montana QB 23  1979-1994 49ers, Chiefs
12. Robert Newhouse RB 23  1972-1983 Cowboys
12. Trevor Pryce DT-DE 23  1997-2010 Broncos, Ravens
12. Jethro Pugh DT-DE 23  1965-1978 Cowboys
12. Art Shell T 23  1968-1982 Oakland Raiders
18. Craig Hentrich P 22  1994-2009 Packers, Titans
18. Ray Guy P 22  1973-1986 Oakland Raiders
18. John Elway QB 22  1983-1998 Broncos
18. Billy Joe DuPree TE 22  1973-1983 Cowboys
18. Tedy Bruschi LB 22  1996-2008 Patriots
18. Cliff Branch WR 22  1972-1985 Oakland Raiders
18. Gary Anderson PK 22  1982-2004 Steelers, Eagles, 49ers, Vikings, Titans
18. Harvey Martin DE-DT 22  1973-1983 Cowboys
18. Guy McIntyre G 22  1984-1996 49ers, Packers, Eagles
18. Pete Metzelaars TE 22  1982-1997 Seahawks, Bills, Lions
18. Steve Young QB 22  1985-1999 49ers
18. Rayfield Wright T-TE 22  1967-1979 Cowboys
18. Jesse Sapolu C-G 22  1983-1997 49ers
18. Jon Runyan T 22  1996-2009 Titans, Eagles, Chargers
18. Jack Reynolds LB 22  1970-1984 L.A. Rams, 49ers
18. Preston Pearson RB 22  1967-1980 Baltimore Colts, Steelers, Cowboys
18. Drew Pearson WR 22  1973-1983 Cowboys

Posted on December 23, 2011, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Update would be terrific…also, I’d be interested in who has won the most playoff games, QB or otherwise.

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