Power ranking all 9 SF 49ers quarterbacks in team playoff history

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana (16) of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Sylvia Allen/Getty Images)
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana (16) of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Sylvia Allen/Getty Images) /
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Y.A. Tittle
Quarterback Y.A. Tittle #14 of the New York Giants (Photo by: Herman Seid Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images) /

The SF 49ers have been blessed with some excellent playoff quarterbacking over the years, and Niner Noise power ranks out the best.

For those SF 49ers fans growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, a playoff push was only the beginning of what was an expected appearance in the Super Bowl.

That’s just how dominant those Niners teams of those two decades were. San Francisco was only going to fail in its annual runs to another Lombardi Trophy if something went abhorrently wrong. Those rosters were stacked, and the only setbacks would be a costly fumble or another team simply “having its moment of glory” over a perennially great SF 49ers squad.

While the Niners haven’t been regular attendees in the playoffs during this century, the continuation of solid quarterback play in the postseason has been a constant. For the most part, each one of San Francisco’s playoff quarterbacks has played a vital role in the team’s postseason campaigns.

Now, it’s time to power rank each one of the SF 49ers’ playoff-appearing quarterbacks. And it’s a good list.

No. 9: Y.A. Tittle

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SF 49ers Playoff Win-Loss Record: 0-1

It’s strange to think a Hall of Fame quarterback, Y.A. Tittle, wasn’t able to get more playoff victories during his nine seasons with the SF 49ers.

For starters, those Niners teams of the 1950s weren’t particularly great, and they made the postseason just once despite Tittle building his Canton-bound pedigree. And while Tittle was a regular Pro Bowler during his 10-year span in San Francisco, he was only in the playoffs just once: 1957.

Tittle was up and down in that game, a loss to the Detroit Lions, tossing three touchdowns against three interceptions en route to a dreadful second half where the SF 49ers coughed up a 27-7 lead.

Had Tittle gone through that in today’s NFL, just imagine what the scrutiny would be like.

Ironically, Tittle wouldn’t have playoff success after leaving the Niners, going 0-5 in postseason games throughout his otherwise storied career.