This article ranks the top quarterbacks following the conclusion of the 2012-2013 NFL season. 

There are currently 40 ranking spots based off of the qualifications required for each quarterback, although other quarterbacks that qualify could not make the overly generous cut. 

These rankings do not reflect a player's longevity, but rather focuses on their overall talent and success during the recent season.

These rankings also will not reflect on the entry season rankings for the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. 

*(R) - Denotes player's rookie season*

 

The stats taken into consideration when determining these rankings include the following: 

- Passing yards, passing touchdowns, interceptions, pass completions, pass attempts, team record, postseason resume and quarterback rating

Other tools and sources used to determine these rankings include NFL.com, StatsLab and the overall outcome of the 2012-2013 season. 

 

2012-2013 Final NFL Quarterback Rankings

1) Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers 

Season Stats: 371/552; 4,295 passing yards; 39 TD to 8 INT; 108 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for over 4,000 yards; NFL leader in quarterback rating, NFC North Champions

 

2) Tom Brady - New England Patriots

Season Stats: 401/637; 4,827 passing yards; 34 TD to 8 INT; 98.7 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw close to 5,000 passing yards; AFC East Champions; AFC Championship appearance

 

3) Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

Season Stats: 400/583; 4,659 passing yards; 37 TD to 11 INT; 105.8 QB rating

Season Highlights: Over 100 QB rating; Led 11 game win streak; AFC West Champions

 

4) Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

Season Stats: 422/615; 4,719 passing yards; 32 TD to 14 INT; 99.1 QB rating

Season Highlights: Won first career post season game; NFC South Champions; NFC Championship appearance

 

5) Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

Season Stats: 422/670; 5,177 passing yards; 43 TD to 19 INT; 96.3 QB rating

Season Highlights: Led NFL with over 5,000 passing yards; Led NFL in TD passes 

 

6) Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens

Season Stats: 317/531; 3,817 passing yards; 22 TD to 10 INT; 87.7 QB rating

Season Highlights: AFC North Champions; Super Bowl Champions; Super Bowl MVP

 

7) Matt Schaub - Houston Texans

Season Stats: 350/544; 4,008 passing yards; 22 TD to 12 INT; 90.7 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for 4,000 passing yards; AFC South Champions; AFC Pro Bowl

 

8) Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

Season Stats: 425/648; 4,903 passing yards; 28 TD to 19 INT; 90.5 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for close to 5,000 passing yards

 

9) Robert Griffin (R) - Washington Redskins

Season Stats: 258/393; 3,200 passing yards; 20 TD to 5 INT; 102.4 QB rating

Season Highlights: Offensive Rookie of the Year; NFC Pro Bowl; NFC East Champions; Recorded 'Perfect Game' against the Eagles on Nov. 18, 2012

 

10) Andrew Luck (R) - Indianapolis Colts

Season Stats: 339/627; 4,374 passing yards; 23 TD to 18 INT; 76.5 QB rating

Season Highlights: AFC Wildcard; AFC Pro Bowl; Broke NFL record for passing yards by rookie in single game 

 

11) Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers

Season Stats: 136/218; 1,814 passing yards; 10 TD to 3 INT; 98.3 QB rating

Season Highlights: NFC West Champions; NFC Champions; Super Bowl appearance; 7-3 as starter

 

12) Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

Season Stats: 329/528; 3,669 passing yards; 27 TD to 16 INT; 87.4 QB rating

Season Highlights: AFC Wildcard

 

13) Russel Wilson (R) - Seattle Seahawks

Season Stats: 252/393; 3,118 passing yards; 26 TD to 10 INT; 100 QB rating

Season Highlights: NFC Wildcard; Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year; NFC Pro Bowl

 

14) Alex Smith - San Francisco 49ers to Kansas City Chiefs

Season Stats: 153/218; 1,737 passing yards; 13 TD to 5 INT; 104.1 QB rating

Season Highlights: NFC West Champions; NFC Champions; Super Bowl appearance; 6-2-1 record as starter

 

15) Eli Manning - New York Giants

Season Stats: 321/536; 3,948 passing yards; 26 TD to 15 INT; 87.2 QB rating

Season Highlights: NFC Pro Bowl

 

16) Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

Season Stats: 284/449; 3,265 passing yards; 26 TD to 8 INT; 97 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw under 10 interceptions total on season

 

17) Phillip Rivers - San Diego Chargers

Season Stats: 338/527; 3,606 passing yards; 26 TD to 15 INT; 88.6 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw zero picks in last four games of season

 

18) Sam Bradford - St. Louis Rams

Season Stats: 328/551; 3,702 passing yards; 21 TD to 13 INT; 82.6 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for over 3,500 passing yards; Zero sacks in final two games of season

 

19) Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

Season Stats: 435/727; 4,967 passing yards; 20 TD to 17 INT; 79.8 QB rating

Season Highlights: Led NFL in pass attempts; Threw for close to 5,000 passing yards

 

20) Carson Palmer - Oakland Raiders to Arizona Cardinals

Season Stats: 345/565; 4,018 passing yards; 22 TD to 14 INT; 85.3 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for 4,000 passing yards; Seven games with 40 or more pass attempts

 

21) Christian Ponder - Minnesota Vikings

Season Stats: 300/483; 2,935 passing yards; 18 TD to 12 INT; 81.2 QB rating

Season Highlights: NFC Wildcard; Eight games with zero interceptions

 

22) Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

Season Stats: 280/485; 3,869 passing yards; 19 TD to 12 INT; 86.2 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for close to 4,000 passing yards; Over 700 rushing yards; 8 rushing touchdowns

 

23) Josh Freeman - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Season Stats: 306/558; 4,065 passing yards; 27 TD to 17 INT; 81.6 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for 4,000 passing yards; In four straight games threw 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions

 

24) Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

Season Stats: 255/434; 3,033 passing yards; 19 TD to 14 INT; 81.3 QB rating

Season Highlights: 10-5 record as starter; Six game win streak as starter

 

25) Ryan Fitzpatrick - Buffalo Bills to Tennessee Titans

Season Stats: 306/505; 3,400 passing yards; 24 TD to 16 INT; 83.3 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for close to 3,500 passing yards

 

26) Michael Vick - Philadelphia Eagles

Season Stats: 204/351; 2,362 passing yards; 12 TD to 10 INT; 78.1 QB rating

Season Highlights: In 10 games started, five of them were without interceptions

 

27) Ryan Tannehill (R) - Miami Dolphins

Season Stats: 282/484; 3,294 passing yards; 12 TD to 13 INT; 76.1 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for over 3,000 passing yards; Nine games played with zero interceptions

 

28) Brandon Weeden (R) - Cleveland Browns

Season Stats: 297/517; 3,385 passing yards; 14 TD to 17 INT; 72.6 QB rating 

Season Highlights: Threw for over 3,000 passing yards

 

29) Kevin Kolb - Arizona Cardinals to Buffalo Bills

Season Stats: 109/183; 1,169 passing yards; 8 TD to 3 INT; 86.1 QB rating

Season Highlights: All the stats above are in five games started

 

30) Blaine Gabbert - Jacksonville Jaguars

Season Stats: 162/278; 1,662 passing yards; 9 TD to 6 INT; 77.4 QB rating

Season Highlights: In 11 games started, six were without interceptions

 

31) Nick Foles (R) - Philadelphia Eagles

Season Stats: 161/265; 1,699 passing yards; 6 TD to 5 INT; 79.1 QB rating

Season Highlights: In six games played, two were with 300-plus passing yards

 

32) Chad Henne - Jacksonville Jaguars

Season Stats: 166/308; 2,084 passing yards; 11 TD to 11 INT; 72.2 QB rating

Season Highlights: Threw for 2,000 passing yards in six games started

 

33) Matt Hasselbeck - Tennessee Titans to Indianapolis Colts

Season Stats: 138/221; 1,367 passing yards; 7 TD to 5 INT; 81 QB rating

Season Highlights: Completed over 60% of passes

 

34) Jake Locker - Tennessee Titans

Season Stats: 177/314; 2,176 passing yards; 10 TD to 11 INT; 74 QB rating

Season Highlights: Did not have any game with negative rushing yards

 

35) Mark Sanchez - New York Jets

Season Stats: 246/453; 2,883 passing yards; 13 TD to 18 INT; 66.9 QB rating

Season Highlights: Five games with 90 QB rating or higher

 

36) Matt Cassel - Kansas City Chiefs to Minnesota Vikings

Season Stats: 161/277; 1,796 passing yards; 6 TD to 12 INT; 66.7 QB rating

Season Highlights: Over 50% completed passes in seven out of eight games started

 

37) Brady Quinn - Kansas City Chiefs to Seattle Seahawks

Season Stats: 112/197; 1,141 passing yards; 2 TD to 8 INT; 60.1 QB rating

Season Highlights: Only win as starter threw over 200 passing yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions; Zero fumbles lost

 

38) Kirk Cousins (R)  - Washington Redskins

Season Stats: 33/48; 466 passing yards; 4 TD to 3 INT; 101.6 QB rating

Season Highlights: Only game started threw for over 300 passing yards with a 104.4 QB rating

 

39) John Skelton - Arizona Cardinals

Season Stats: 109/201; 1,132 passing yards; 2 TD to 9 INT; 55.4 QB rating

Season Highlights: In six games started, three were with 20 or more pass completions 

 

40) Greg McElroy - New York Jets

Season Stats: 19/31; 214 passing yards; 1 TD to 1 INT; 79.2 QB rating

Season Highlights: In both games played had over 50% completion rating