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The numbers say Tom Brady no longer is a top-five quarterback. Brady, meanwhile, says only one number matters: the score. All of which is to say, the status of the New England Patriots star is up for discussion. Where does the three-time Super Bowl champion rank among the NFL's signal-callers today?

Best quarterbacks in NFL

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

Chicago Bears

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

New York Giants

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

Ben R'berger

Ben R'berger

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

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Peyton Manning has the records. Tom Brady has the rings. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers? They have some impressive credentials, too. Who is the best among the NFL playoff teams' 12 starting quarterbacks? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: Playoff teams | Playoff offenses | Playoff defenses

NFL playoff QBs

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

Bengals

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Eagles

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Colts

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Panthers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

Chargers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Packers

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Chiefs

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seahawks

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Better start -- Chiefs or Dolphins?

For the Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 was a bizarre disaster (six Pro Bowlers, two wins). For the Miami Dolphins, it was an intermittently successful rebuilding year (7-9 with a rookie coach and QB). For both, 2013 has been quite a bit better. With a 17-16 home decision over the Dallas Cowboys, the now-Andy Reid-led Chiefs matched their win total from a season ago. With a 24-20 victory over Andrew Luck's Indianapolis Colts, the Ryan Tannehill/Joe Philbin Fins also moved to 2-0 -- and matched their road win total (two) from last campaign. It's early -- very early -- but things are looking up for these long-scuffling franchises.

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  • Which team will win tonight's game in Philadelphia?

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Alex Smith, having gone from starting quarterback to backup for the Super Bowl runner-up 49ers, needed a new team and a fresh start. The Chiefs, fresh off a 2-14 disaster of a season, were in need of a starting QB. Will the trade sending Smith to Kansas City for draft picks work out? Or will the team regret choosing Smith instead of drafting a rookie whom new coach Andy Reid could mold into a franchise QB?


•  Is Smith a good fit for Chiefs? Vote!

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Lost in the 49ers' run to the Super Bowl and the remarkable emergence of Colin Kaepernick was the fate of one Alex Smith, backup quarterback, San Francisco. Smith was playing well before going down with an injury but couldn't get his job back thanks to Kaepernick's stellar play. Now, the 49ers say that it's "highly unlikely" that they'll trade him, but that doesn't mean he'll be in a 49ers uniform when the season starts. Smith was never able to lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl, but could he thrive from a change of scenery?

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