If there were ever a playoff version of Jekyll and Hyde, it was Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme. He led Carolina to the NFC title game in 2003 and 2005, with a Super Bowl appearance in the 2003 season. He was superb in the 2003 playoffs, mediocre in 2005, and downright awful in his final playoff appearance in 2008. In the 2008 Wildcard Round, Delhomme single handedly sunk the Panthers season, commiting six turnovers (5 INTs / 1 fumble) as Carolina was thrashed 33-13 by the Arizona Cardinals.
Delhomme started 11 games the following season, and the Panthers went 4-7, largely due to his 8 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. After this nightmare performance, Delhomme, 33-years old at the time, was released in the offseason. At a press conference following his release, a tearful Delhomme claimed he was “blindsided” by the team’s decision, a somewhat surprising statement from a guy coming off the worst season of his career.