Clutch Encounters

A look at Sunday's fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drive opportunities

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Week 1
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Clutch Encounters: Week 1

Week 1 was highlighted by an Aaron Rodgers-led comeback unlike any other. Where did the Bears go wrong? Also: Cleveland ties, the longest game ever, Andrew Luck's return spoiled, and the Patriots never lose at home with a touchdown lead after halftime.

9 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2018, 9:57am by nat
Clutch Encounters: ATL-PHI
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Clutch Encounters: ATL-PHI

It's a new season, but the Falcons and Eagles looked a lot like they did in January. We break down the latest red zone failures for the Falcons, Darren Sproles' huge effort in his return, one-man army wideouts, and how did the new rules look in Game 1?

8 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2018, 11:43pm by TGT
Clutch Encounters: Super Bowl LII
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Clutch Encounters: Super Bowl LII

There were air yards. There were rushing yards. There were QB receiving yards. There were more yards in Super Bowl LII than in any other game in NFL history. The 2017 season ends like it began: with New England's defense getting destroyed.

45 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2018, 3:09am by Jerry
Clutch Encounters: AFC Championship Game
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Clutch Encounters: AFC Championship Game

Jacksonville tried to steal the show, but the Patriots reminded us that quarterbacks are still the main attraction in the NFL. You can't hide them, but you have to protect them late in games. The Patriots did so again to pull off another fourth-quarter comeback.

92 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2018, 10:20am by Anon Ymous
Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round
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Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

Stefon Diggs saves the Vikings after one of the greatest touchdowns in NFL history. Also: Atlanta's horrific red zone sequence, and Pittsburgh's odd history of high-scoring playoff losses.

23 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2018, 8:03pm by t.d.
Clutch Encounters: Wild Card
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Clutch Encounters: Wild Card

The latest Kansas City playoff loss at home ("The Forward Progress Game") is the worst yet. Also: Sean Payton brings us back to fourth-and-2 memories, and a Nathan Peterman interception ends Buffalo's season.

29 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2018, 10:15pm by eagle97a
Clutch Encounters: Week 17/Season Review
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Clutch Encounters: Week 17/Season Review

The Bengals stun Baltimore and delight Buffalo fans everywhere. Also: a farewell to Bruce Arians and his magic beans, a comparison of 0-16 seasons, and how every team fared in close games in 2017.

7 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2018, 2:07pm by Bryan Knowles
Clutch Encounters: Week 16
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Clutch Encounters: Week 16

Bah humbug. The Raiders and Eagles played arguably the worst game of the season to end Week 16. Also: Cam delivers, the first game-winning drive of the Jared Goff era, and another team bites the dust after trying an ill-advised field goal in New England.

6 comments, Last at 21 May 2018, 8:52am by singhum
Clutch Encounters: Week 15
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Clutch Encounters: Week 15

The Game of the Year is actually the Game of the Year -- but what can the NFL do about the Calvin Johnson Catch Rule and end-zone fumbles? Also: another handsome game-winning drive for the 49ers, Aaron Rodgers' shaky return, and the week of the onside kick.

35 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2017, 2:54pm by Eddo
Clutch Encounters: Week 14
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Clutch Encounters: Week 14

The Steelers and Ravens played another classic to decide the AFC North. Also: Joe Webb and Nick Foles get game-winning drives, heavy snow in Buffalo, a handsome quarterback in Houston, and Case Keenum blows his chance to be MVP in Carolina.

4 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2017, 2:22pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin