Clutch Encounters

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

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Week 8
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Clutch Encounters: Week 8

Carolina is the first team in NFL history to win after trailing in overtime. Also: Superdome shootout, Big Ben's bad day, Lovie's bold decision, and did the referees goof in Dallas with forward progress?

7 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2015, 2:42pm by Eddo
Clutch Encounters: Week 7
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Clutch Encounters: Week 7

Proof that field goals don't beat the Patriots at home. Also: we liked it, Kirk. We don't like Matt Cassel, London games, the 2015 Ravens, or the Steelers' road offense. Finally: ATL-TEN ends an obscure scoring streak.

60 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2015, 8:17pm by ramirez
Clutch Encounters: Week 6
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Clutch Encounters: Week 6

Blown leads are undeniably a big part of the legacy of Pete Carroll's Seahawks. Also: Peyton's lucky in a different way, groaning over Bears-Lions, and Philip Rivers denied greatness again.

18 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2015, 7:04pm by gomer_rs
Clutch Encounters: Week 5
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Clutch Encounters: Week 5

Week 5 had it all with 23 ties or lead changes in crunch time. Also: overtime stunners, annoying rule interpretations, 18 lost seconds, big pick-sixes, a helmet catch, backward passes, and one Wildcat ending.

13 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2015, 1:06pm by LyleNM
Clutch Encounters: Week 4
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Clutch Encounters: Week 4

Illegal bat? The Seahawks barely escape the winless Lions. Also: Denver's clutch defense, the Rams stole Bruce Arians' magic beans, and a terrible week for kickers with the game on the line.

26 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2015, 8:14am by BJR
Clutch Encounters: Week 4 BAL-PIT
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Clutch Encounters: Week 4 BAL-PIT

The Steelers blow a big home lead for the first time since 1964. Proof modified overtime is working. Also: how hard are 50-yard field goals at Heinz Field? The end of Antonio Brown's streaks.

20 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2015, 3:01pm by bengt
Clutch Encounters: Week 3
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Clutch Encounters: Week 3

Colts are still masters of the improbable comeback. Also: A.J. Green breaks the Ravens again, more history for Matt Ryan and the Falcons, and a double feature of the McCown Show.

3 comments, Last at 30 Sep 2015, 9:00pm by alan frankel
Clutch Encounters: Week 2
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Clutch Encounters: Week 2

Matt Ryan and the Giants help each other make history. Also: 1-point leads are worthless vs. Rodgers, Newton's fourth law, a Super Bowl-like loss for Buffalo, and what happened to the vertical Philip Rivers?

10 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2015, 3:46pm by Scott Kacsmar
Clutch Encounters: DEN-KC
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Clutch Encounters: DEN-KC

Peyton Manning leads a vintage drive, but only after The Sheriff took a shotgun to Gary Kubiak's offense. Alex Smith's third-down problems persist before the Miracle at Arrowhead.

27 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2015, 9:22pm by Led
Clutch Encounters: Week 1
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Clutch Encounters: Week 1

The Giants failed clock management, but does the NFL need a rule tweak? Also: the surprise onside that wasn't, typical Lions, typical Bradford, and what's happened to the Peyton Manning offense?

11 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2015, 6:56pm by BDC