Backup QBs in the Super Bowl — how many won?
Tom Brady: Win
Early in the fourth quarter of a game against the Jets at the Meadowlands in Week 2 of the 2001 season, Drew Bledsoe got hurt and unknown second-year sixth-round pick Tom Brady entered the game. Brady had thrown three career passes. The Jets went on to win that game, but Brady went 11-3 the rest of the year and took the Patriots to their first Super Bowl championship, beating the Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. (AP Images)
Kurt Warner: Win
When Trent Green got hurt in the 1999 preseason, the Rams turned to Kurt Warner, the former Iowa Barnstormers and Amsterdam Admirals quarterback. All Warner did was earn MVP honors during the 1999 season and win the Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 414 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ 23-16 win over the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta.
Warner reached two more Super Bowls in his Hall of Fame career, in 1999 with the Rams and 2008 with the Cardinals, beating the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on the way to both. (AP Images)
Doug Williams: Win
By the time Williams got to play in the 1987 postseason for the Redskins in place of injured Jay Schroeder, he was 32 years old, hadn't won a playoff game in eight years, was coming off a USFL stint and had started only one NFL game since 1982. But he got hot in the postseason, played fairly well in wins over the Bears and Vikings, and in Super Bowl XXII against the Broncos in San Diego, he fashioned the greatest quarter in NFL history, throwing TD passes of 80, 27, 50 and 8 yards in the span of 13:06.
Williams won only five games the rest of his career. (AP Images)
Colin Kaepernick: Loss
The 49ers were rolling along at 6-2-1 in 2012 when Alex Smith got hurt and was replaced by second-year-pro Colin Kaepernick, who had thrown just 14 career passes up to that point. All Kaepernick did was go 5-2 the rest of the regular season and beat the Packers and Falcons in the playoffs.
The Ravens beat the 49ers in the Battle of the Harbaughs but Kaepernick became the first quarterback in history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 60 in a Super Bowl. (AP Images)
Nick Foles: ?
When MVP candidate Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury in a game against the Rams, Nick Foles kept the Eagles rolling, engineering a comeback against the Rams, then beating the Giants and Raiders to lock up No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Foles, who had won just five starts over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, then completed over 75 percent of his passes in playoff wins over the Falcons and Vikings to lead the Eagles to Super Bowl LII against the Patriots a week from Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (USA Today Images)
Trent Dilfer: Win
It was Tony Banks who was released by the Rams in the summer of 1999, paving the way for Kurt Warner to make the team and eventually lead the Rams to the Super Bowl championship. And it was Banks who was benched by the Buccaneers one year later and replaced by Trent Dilfer, who basically rode one of the greatest defenses in NFL history to the playoffs. Dilfer completed only 35 passes in four playoff games, but he did enough in Super Bowl XXXV over the Giants in Tampa — including throwing a 38-yard TD pass to Brandon Stokley — to lead the Ravens to a 34-7 win. (AP Images)
Jeff Hostetler: Win
Jeff Hostetler was in his seventh NFL season with the Giants and had started two games in his career and thrown 68 passes when Phil Simms was lost for the season late in 1990. Hostetler didn't need to throw much in playoff wins over the Bears and 49ers, but in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, he completed 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards and a TD to Stephen Baker and the Giants — with the help of Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal miss with 0:04 on the clock — beat the Bills (and Frank Reich) 20-19. (AP Images)
Roger Staubach: Win
Craig Morton was the Cowboys' primary quarterback in 1971, although Tom Landry liked to alternate him with Roger Staubach. Finally, in early November, Landry turned full-time to Staubach, who took the Cowboys to seven straight regular-season wins and postseason wins over the Vikings and 49ers before throwing TD passes to Lance Alworth and Mike Ditka in a 24-3 win over the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. (AP Images)
Jim Plunkett: Win
Jim Plunkett was 33 years old, in his 10th NFL season and playing for his third team when Raiders quarterback Dan Pastorini got hurt midway through the 1980 season. At that point, Plunkett had a 34-53 career record, had thrown more interceptions (108) than touchdowns (85) and had never taken a postseason snap. But he played well enough in wins over the Oilers, Browns and Chargers before throwing three TDs against the Eagles in a 27-10 win in Super Bowl XV in New Orleans. (AP Images)
Earl Morrall: Loss, Win
Earl Morrall actually was a backup in two Super Bowls, both times after Johnny Unitas got hurt. Morrall started in place of Johnny U. for the Colts the entire 1968 season but was awful in a 16-7 Super Bowl loss to Joe Namath and the Jets, completing just 6 of 17 passes for 71 yards and three INTs.
Two years later, Unitas suffered a rib injury during a play in which he got intercepted by Mel Renfro during Super Bowl V in Miami. Morrall entered the game with the Cowboys up 13-6 but rallied the Colts to a 16-13 win. (AP Images)