Top 20 Biggest Chokers in NFL History

The line that separates all-time great National Football League players from those who won't make it to the Hall of Fame but would be desired to be on a team for a one-and-done game is, in some cases, paper thin. New York Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning is an example of this. While the younger Manning would not be enshrined in Canton if he were, for whatever reasons, to call time on his playing days in January 2015, you would be silly if you would shy away from starting him on Super Bowl Sunday, especially if picking between him and his older brother.

Included in the list of the biggest chokers in the history of the NFL is a pair of quarterbacks who will be taking the field for postseason play in January 2015. Those two, who have a long history of facing off with one another on football's biggest stages, could meet up one last time with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Both of them will unquestionably have their days behind a podium during a Hall-of-Fame ceremony, but that doesn't erase the fact that both have been outdone in the playoffs by what some would consider to be inferior competition.

Professional football is a team sport, of course, and thus it is fitting that squads and even a franchise all deserve to hold the top spots of such a list. One club resides in a city that has been searching for a pro sports title for five decades. Another crumbled apart in front of a worldwide audience when it had an opportunity to make history and achieve that which has never been accomplished by any franchise in the league. Last but not least is a squad that remains guilty of the biggest gag-job in the history of the NFL Playoffs, a collapse for the ages that may never be topped.

20 Tom Brady

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19 Billy Cundiff


18 Tony Romo

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17 2014 Tennessee Titans

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16 Ryan Leaf


15 Wes Welker


14 Jackie Smith


13 Mike Vanderjagt


12 Nate Kaeding

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11 Norv Turner

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10 Baltimore Colts at Super Bowl III


9 Marv Levy


8 Peyton Manning

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7 Brett Favre


6 Scott Norwood


5 The Cleveland Browns


4 2007 New England Patriots


3 Andy Reid

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2 Marty Schottenheimer


1 The Choke


Depending on where you are from or what club you associate yourself with, you remember the 1993 AFC Playoff game involving the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers as either “The Comeback” or “The Choke.” Houston jumped out to a 35-3 lead in Buffalo, leading some among the home crowd to exit the stadium during the second half of the contest. Those individuals missed one heckuva comeback, as career backup Frank Reich helped guide the Bills to 35 second-half points that ultimately erased Houston's lead before the end of regulation. Warren Moon threw a costly interception in overtime, and Steve Christie converted a field goal to complete a magical Buffalo rally.

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