Clutch Encounters

A look at Sunday's fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drive opportunities
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Clutch Encounters: Conference Championships

After a dull postseason, Championship Sunday produced two overtime games and two road upsets. The Chiefs join a growing list of offensive juggernauts paired with poor defenses that fell short of a ring. Also: was that the worst non-call ever in New Orleans, and what should the NFL do about expanding replay and overtime?

Jan 21, 2019
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Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

The NFL will crown a new champion for the 14th year in a row. We look at how the Eagles went from all-time playoff upset to all-time playoff blunder. Also: Sean McVay needs two seasons to get to a round the Cowboys haven't seen since 1995. After a bland weekend, let's talk about whether teams down 15 points should wait on the two-point conversion like Dallas did.

Jan 14, 2019
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Clutch Encounters: Week 17 & Season Review

The AFC North is decided in dramatic fashion. Are the Ravens built to come back in the playoffs, and did the Steelers just have their most disappointing season in franchise history? Also: a fun, but meaningless Dallas comeback, and our season review looks at which teams might regress in close games in 2019.

Dec 31, 2018
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Clutch Encounters: Week 16

Pittsburgh was our preseason favorite for the Super Bowl, but New Orleans clinched the No. 1 seed with another comeback win. How much blame does Mike Tomlin deserve for this season? Also: Nick Foles and Andrew Luck deliver again, Chiefs-Seahawks is must-see TV, and the oddest Aaron Rodgers season ever.

Dec 24, 2018
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Clutch Encounters: Week 15

The Saints all but end another Carolina season, but we liked these teams better when they scored points. Also: Chicago's dragon-slaying win, Vance Joseph's huge blunder, Nick Foles does it again in LA, and the most unusual Patriots-Steelers game yet.

Dec 18, 2018
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Clutch Encounters: Week 14

Patrick Mahomes delivers a gut-check win for the Chiefs at home in a week filled with great endings. Also: Amari Cooper crow gifts, the Steelers drop another one in Oakland, Sam Darnold's first comeback win, and the Dolphins pull off a historic game-winning lateral play against the Patriots of all teams.

Dec 11, 2018
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Clutch Encounters: Week 13

Week 13 is an unlucky one for several of the game's high-profile quarterbacks. Pittsburgh blows a big lead at home for the first time ever. Also: Chicago's fun near-comeback, the end of an era in Green Bay, hollow passing stats rule 2018, and an absolute stunner in Jacksonville.

Dec 04, 2018
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Clutch Encounters: NO-DAL

Defense lives. Dallas ends another long New Orleans winning streak, but can this season still end in a Super Bowl for the Saints? Included: the death of completion percentage, terrible officiating, and is the cliff much closer than we thought for Drew Brees as he approaches 40?

Nov 30, 2018