Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/29/12
Well for starters, if you missed part one (15-11) or part two (10-6) here are the links to both: http://www.footballnation.com/content/2012-nfl-rankings-top-15-quarterbacks-part-1/15092/     

http://www.footballnation.com/content/2012-nfl-rankings-top-15-quarterbacks-part-2/15098/

As I close the top fifteen quarterbacks in the league the difference between the top five is so minimal that it is unbelievably hard to rank them in order.

 I say this now but I am willing to do this task for you, the fans.

I hope you enjoy the final five players in this series and remember that no favoritism was shown and that it has become very difficult to separate what would be No. 3 to No. 1 I hope you enjoy.

For No. 5 I had to pick two players to share the spot.

No. 5A
Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls and because of this you can never overlook him.  Now he may not be so clutch with the ladies he is pretty clutch when it comes to the game of football.  "Big Ben" is one of the most duarable quarterbacks in the game today playing with that bad ankle last year and suffering other injuries seasons before.  

Last season Roethlisberger shot par for the course and by that I mean he put up his usual amount of stats which is never a bad thing because he led the Steelers to yet another AFC North Division title. Roethlisberger threw for 4,077 yards (2nd highest in career), had a completion percentage of 63.2 which is higher than his career average, he threw twenty-one touchdowns (3rd highest in career), and had a passer rating above 90.  

Though Big Ben and the Steelers had an early postseason exit thanks to Tim Tebow he still is capable of winning in the playoffs.

Heading into the 2012 season I see Roethlisberger having another season in which he throws roughly 25 touchdowns for over 4,000 yards as he leads the Steelers to another division title in the AFC North. I think that the Steelers will be able to make it past the wild card game this postseason and if they face the right opponent in the divisional playoff round they might make it to the AFC Championship game.  

No. 5B
Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning has been through a lot the past season and this offseason, going through his fourth shoulder surgeries in under a year. He was forced to sit out the 2011 season as he watched his Indianapolis Colts forfeit their season for the No. 1 draft pick, Andrew Luck.  After being cut by the Colts many teams were in the running for Manning from the 49ers to the Dolphins.  

Manning eventually decided to sign with John Elway and the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are basically renting the 36-year-old in the hope that over the next three years he can bring them to maybe one championship. Sadly I don't think it is going to happen like that Peyton is a good QB who in 2010 showed he can still do it throwing for 4,700 yards a career high and thirty-three touchdowns. 

I think Peyton still has an arm and it was shown in his workout videos that were released eariler in theoff season.  Manning will raise the Broncos into a good team that will probably win the AFC West with out much competition unless the Chargers are revived. 

Manning isn't known to be the best in the playoffs and he definetly will not lead the Broncos to a championship unless hell freezes over and Peyton turns into 2006 Peyton Manning. Though I say all this Peyton Manning will still dominate a majority of his competition next season and I look forward to seeing him play again.

No. 4 
Eli Manning

Coming off his second Super Bowl and for the second time beating Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl we can no longer under estimate Eli Manning or formally known as Peyton's little brother.  Facing elimination from the playoffs before they even began, Eli and his teamed rallied to win two straight  games to make the playoffs and then win three more to make it to the "ship".  

Once again facing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl they were no longer the underdogs and in fact in most cases they were the favorites to win the Super Bowl and once again for the second time the won the Super Bowl 21-17. And Eli Manning became the most clutch quarterback in the fourth quarter in the history of the sport.

Unfortunately I don't see this Cinderella story happening again losing their clutch reciever Mario Manningham who if not for him they wouldn't of won the Super Bowl, to the 49ers was a heavy blow. Another reason I dont see it happening is because a team hasn't won back to back championships since the 2003 and 2004 Patriots.  

Though what they did last season was historic it doesn't help that Eli Manning had such a great season and they only finsihed 9-7 this worries me a lot because with great receivers like Victor Cruz and Hakeen Nicks you'd figure a team would have no problem winning but that was just the opposite. All in all it was a great story but I'm unsure if the Giants are even capable of making the post season with so many good teams in the NFC.

No. 3
Drew Brees

Drew Brees set career high stats for all the important categories along with shattering Dan Marino's NFL passing record. He is the best passer for yards in the game today by throwing for 5,476 yards last season, like I said an NFL record set by the great Dan Marino.

Brees also had a 71.2 completion percentage a league high, Brees also threw for 46 touchdowns (another league high), just fourteen interceptions and a passer rating of 110.6 which was second in the league behind Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees and the Saints made it to the divsional round of the playoffs after knocking out the Lions but then suffering a rough loss to the 49ers thanks to Vernon Davis and Alex Smith.

In all honesty Brees should have won MVP and should be No. 1 on this list but won't for a few reasons. Reason No. 1 he's holding out which is only going to make him more rusty.

Reason No. 2, no more Sean Payton at least for one year because of the bounty scandal and with out Sean Payton the Saints' offense won't be as deadly as it would be with him.

And reason No. 3, they are in a tough division where the Falcons got better, and the Bucs got a lot better compared to the season before. So it's going to be tough for the Saints to win over twelve games next season considering their really tough schedule.

No. 2
Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is now a Super Bowl Champion and a MVP and now one of the greatest quarterbacks in the league and next year will be no different. Aaron Rodgers set career highs in all the major categories passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage, and passer rating with 4,643 yards, 45 TD's, a 68.3 completion percentage and a 122.5 passer rating the highest in the league.

 After a near perfect season, thanks to Aaron Rodgers, it's going to be hard to repeat all his outstanding stats. The only bad part about the Packers' run was their early exit against the eventual champion New York Giants, the only way for the Packers to get better is if they get back the the Super Bowl and win, which I am unsure they are able to do because of their defense - but not because of Aaron Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers isn't No. 1 because of his division, the NFC North. The North is probably the toughest division in the NFL with the Lions' great quarterback, Matt Stafford, and outstanding defensive line. The NFC North also has the Chicago Bears who with Jay Cutler is a much better team that would help make it difficult for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to win a championship or even the division.  

Because of the division Aaron Rodgers is in, it makes it more difficult for him to repeat with such a great season.

No. 1
Tom Brady

Tom Brady is arguably one of the best quarterbacks to play the game, with 3 Super Bowls, 2 Super Bowl MVP's, 2 MVP's, and the most touchdowns in a single season. Tom Brady, much like Drew Brees, broke Dan Marino's passing yards record with 5,235 passing yards - now the second most of all time in a single season behind Drew Brees.  

Brady also threw for 39 touchdowns (2nd highest in career), just 12 interceptions, he had a 65.6 completion percentage, and a 105.6 passer rating (3nd highest in career). Brady's playoff record speaks for itself at 16-6, one of the best playoff records in the NFL ever it is almost always impossible to count him out.  

Brady has also been to five Super Bowls. He may have lost the last two, but not every quarterback makes it to five Super Bowls - and some don't make one Super Bowl in their career.

The reason Brady is No. 1 is because to me he has the greatest upside because he has the best offensive line in the NFL along with a great receiving corps. Plus the two best tight ends in the league and he has experience.  I see Tom Brady and the Patriots making it to the Super Bowl again this year but this time they'll be going back to Boston with a trophy and a parade in my opinion.

Thanks for reading!

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