Clutch Encounters

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

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Week 2
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Clutch Encounters: Week 2

Kansas City headlines another sloppy offensive week book-ended by prime-time duds from the Giants and Bengals. Also: full-scale NFC West drama, more Chargering in L.A., and what's happened to Riverboat Ron?

3 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2017, 12:35pm by Bright Blue Shorts
Clutch Encounters: Week 1
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Clutch Encounters: Week 1

Well that wasn't very competitive. At least the Chargers and Falcons gave us some more of their 2016 drama, but with better results for last season's runner-up. Also: Packers' home edge, Detroit does it again, and a bad day for Kirk Cousins.

14 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2017, 9:42pm by LionInAZ
Clutch Encounters: KC-NE
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Clutch Encounters: KC-NE

Kansas City turns the 2017 season upside down with one of the more extarordinary wins for any team in New England since 2001. Were the Chiefs just uniquely qualified to beat New England, or are there bigger problems ahead?

4 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2017, 10:35pm by LionInAZ
Clutch Encounters: Super Bowl LI
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Clutch Encounters: Super Bowl LI

Greatest comeback, or greatest collapse in Super Bowl history? Where did the Falcons go wrong? Also: the Patriots have become the NFL's hardest kill. Better adjust the win probability models again.

218 comments, Last at 14 Feb 2017, 3:53pm by Noah Arkadia
Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round
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Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

In an instant classic in Dallas. Dez caught it, but Jared Cook did him one better. Also: the ill-advised spike, the Kansas City two-point conversion, and requiem for a tall quarterback.

23 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2017, 5:45pm by Led
Clutch Encounters: Wild Card
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Clutch Encounters: Wild Card

It was the least competitive wild-card weekend since the 1995 season. We say goodbye to the 2016 Lions, a team that was not actually good in the fourth quarter despite a record eight comeback wins.

6 comments, Last at 09 Mar 2017, 8:36am by Carter25
Clutch Encounters: Season Review/Week 17
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Clutch Encounters: Season Review/Week 17

The Giants end Washington's season with another fourth-quarter hold. Also: Detroit tamed again, Luck closes, and the return of Mark Sanchez. We also look at the summary of all 32 teams in close games this year.

11 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2017, 7:02pm by LyleNM
Clutch Encounters: Week 16
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Clutch Encounters: Week 16

Pittsburgh storms back to take the AFC North in an instant classic. Also: scoring in Seattle, a Dolphins-Bills rushapalooza, and ugly wins don't matter to Cleveland or Bill O'Brien.

6 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2016, 8:50am by PackerPete
Clutch Encounters: Week 15
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Clutch Encounters: Week 15

Tampa Bay isn't quite ready for prime time. Also: Andy Reid extends a game while Mike McCoy just quits one, and the most AFC South game yet.

16 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2016, 12:55am by Damon
Clutch Encounters: Week 14
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Clutch Encounters: Week 14

Detroit's record eighth comeback win is a real SICO. Also: the champs stagger, all out of Luck, Drew Brees matches a Tyler Palko feat, and can we get one more round of Giants-Cowboys and Ravens-Patriots?

44 comments, Last at 15 Dec 2016, 7:03pm by jonsilver