Greg Cote

It was the closest finish ever in the history of Herald QB rankings. Here’s who won.

The Patrots’ Tom Brady is defying chronology by getting younger and better and the Dolphins will never be rid of him because he will play forever.
The Patrots’ Tom Brady is defying chronology by getting younger and better and the Dolphins will never be rid of him because he will play forever. AP

The Patriots' Tom Brady edges the Saints' Drew Brees by less than one full point, 554.80 to 553.90 — the closest finish in our rankings' 20-year history — to win the Miami Herald's 2017 NFL quarterback championship. The season title is Brady's second and first since 2007. Brees is the all-time leader with seven crowns. Dolphin Jay Cutler finishes in 24th place, just making our Top 25 chart. The Chargers' Philip Rivers wins Week 17 to end in sixth place overall.

Our Passer Success System (PASS) rankings began in 1998 and the formula has been unchanged since its inception, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD-interception ratio and team result. Most major ranking systems such as the NFL’s and ESPN’s are complicated and percentile based, allowing QBs who miss half a season to still win a title, while our system is cumulative, rewarding players who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching.

The final Top 25 for 2017:

Rk Lw Player, Team Wk17 Season

1 1 Tom Brady, NE 19.50 554.80

2 2 Drew Brees, NO 29.25 553.90

3 5 Matthew Stafford, DET 41.15 501.30

4 3 Alex Smith, KC DNP 487.10

5 4 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT DNP 473.55

6 9 Philip Rivers, LAC 52.35 469.75

7 8 Case Keenum, MIN 30.45 450.35

8 10 Russell Wilson, SEA 24.05 438.15

9 6 Kirk Cousins, WAS 1.90 435.65

10 11 Matt Ryan, ATL 34.85 433.75

11 7 Jared Goff, LAR DNP 424.45

12 12 Carson Wentz, PHI DNP 386.80

13 14 Joe Flacco, BAL 16.15 370.05

14 13 Blake Bortles, JAC -2.10 365.35

15 15 Dak Prescott, DAL 20.95 363.85

16 16 Derek Carr, OAK 22.15 362.80

17 18 Eli Manning, NYG 3.60 339.40

18 21 Andy Dalton, CIN 27.10 338.00

19 17 Josh McCown, NYJ DNP 336.30

20 20 Jameis Winston, TB 22.15 336.20

21 19 Cam Newton, CAR -3.00 328.10

22 23 Tyrod Taylor, BUF 29.20 315.95

23 22 Marcus Mariota, TEN 17.70 309.60

24 24 Jay Cutler, MIA 0.30 278.30

25 25 Jacoby Brissett, IND 18.70 275.90

Week 17 Best: Rivers, LAC, 52.35 (28-37, 387, 3-0 in win). Season Best: Roethlisberger, PIT, 58.30 (Wk14). Record Best: Roethlisberger, PIT, 80.10 (2014.

Week 17 Worst: Nick Foles, PHI, minus-4.05 (4-11, 39, 0-1 in loss). Season Worst: Nathan Peterman, BUF, minus-13.70 (Wk 11). Record Worst: Tim Hasselbeck, WAS, minus-23.20 (2003).

Most championships: Brees, NO, 7; Peyton Manning IND/DEN, 6.

Season record: Manning, DEN, 714.85 (2013). Dolphins season record: Ryan Tannehill, 481.25 (2014).

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