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As goes the quarterback, so goes the team. It's not always true in the NFL, but it usually is. And it makes sense: In a passing league, the passers are like royalty -- the biggest influences on whether a team is destined more for a Super Bowl title or a No. 1 draft pick.

It's with that in mind that we come to you with the most important pecking order outside of traditional team power rankings: QB Power Rankings. Consider this your cut-and-dried guide to the best and worst of the NFL's signal-callers. During the regular season, this functions as a weekly 1-to-32 rundown of every starter under center.

Here, we're judging just the QBs in the playoffs. As we journey through the postseason, this is how we'd rank the remaining signal-callers:

Divisional QB Power Rankings
1
Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
He faces a much taller task going up against the Rams, especially with a depleted supporting cast, after coming out firing against the Eagles. But he's literally getting rid of the ball quicker than any other QB this season, which helps offset the O-line concerns. While he's still prone to a misfire or three in the face of interior pressure, the stage is never, ever too big.
2
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
The 49ers had his number in a pair of key games back in 2019, but that doesn't mean he isn't playing some of the coolest, most confident football of his Hall of Fame career. A healthier supporting cast is a bonus, but on his own, Rodgers has such seamless chemistry with his guys -- particularly Davante Adams -- that any defense would be uneasy against him right now.
3
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs QB
The erratic stretches earlier this season were real, but they seem more like a mirage now that the playoffs are here. When he has time and weapons around him, he remains a lethal weapon in and outside the pocket. Brady and Rodgers may have the edge in experience, but Mahomes' knack for both big plays and improbable throws makes him an equally tough out.
4
Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB
You could make the case he belongs as 3B alongside Mahomes, because his penchant for eluding pressure, navigating the pocket and uncorking game-breaking throws is right up there. He's proven down the stretch his 2020 breakout wasn't a fluke, and that he's truly an MVP type with both his arm and legs. Can he beat Mahomes this time?
5
Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB
He's never been to this stage before, but it didn't matter much in the wild card round, when his poise helped propel Cincy to its first playoff win in over 30 years. His heart for the big play gave defenses opportunities in the regular season, but his touch and Rodgers-like connection with Ja'Marr Chase ensures he may not be done yet.
6
Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB
Stafford showed up in a big way during the Rams' rout of the Cardinals in the wild card round, and with that monkey off his back, he should be even more free to let loose and/or lean on L.A.'s underrated run game. Untimely forced throws are still a concern beneath the surface, but if he trusts Sean McVay and his weapons, he'll make a deep run here.
7
Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans QB
Derrick Henry's return should do wonders for him, even though the run game had already returned to life down the stretch. Tannehill can make all the throws, and he wasn't nearly as bad as his ugly 2021 numbers suggest, but he's still a bit more dependent on their old-school strategy than the other QBs in the tournament.
8
Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers QB
Banged up yet again, Garoppolo has been dealing with injuries on and off for much of the year. So it's hard to discern just how much of his occasional inaccuracy stems from that. At his peak, he's an efficient point guard for Kyle Shanahan's run-first attack. Still, whether it's he or rookie Trey Lance, there are limitations under center in San Francisco.