Clutch Encounters

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

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: CAR-DEN
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Clutch Encounters: CAR-DEN

The first game of 2016 ended much like the last game of the 2015 season. We look at how instrumental Trevor Siemian was (or wasn't) in the 10-point comeback, as well as the game management that doomed Carolina in the fourth quarter.

10 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2016, 6:52pm by reasonet
Clutch Encounters: Super Bowl 50
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Clutch Encounters: Super Bowl 50

Denver's defense carried the team all season, and carried Peyton Manning right to a second Super Bowl ring in his worst season. Carolina's offense joins long list of postseason duds from the 500-point club.

113 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2016, 12:02pm by WeaponX
Clutch Encounters: AFC Championship Game
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Clutch Encounters: AFC Championship Game

The conclusion to Brady-Manning is an instant classic that was all about the defenses. Of all things, a missed extra point led to the most crucial two-point conversion attempt in NFL history.

15 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2016, 12:35am by Grendel13G
Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round
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Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

Another classic finish in the desert, but does the NFL need to change the overtime system for the playoffs? Also: the Steelers test Denver's defense again, but one big turnover changed everything.

29 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2016, 11:44am by Will Allen
Clutch Encounters: Wild Card
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Clutch Encounters: Wild Card

The Steelers and Seahawks pull off great road escapes. How accountable should Marvin Lewis be for the Cincinnati meltdown? Did Blair Walsh have the worst miss in playoff history with the game on the line?

40 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2016, 7:55pm by OSS117
Clutch Encounters: Season Review/Week 17
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Clutch Encounters: Season Review/Week 17

Season review time. Peyton Manning's unlikely comeback highlights a dozen close finishes in Week 17. Also: New England's bizarre Miami trip, the NFC North title no one wanted to win, Derek Carr's slump, and the most Ryan Fitzpatrick game ever.

13 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2016, 8:17pm by Noah Arkadia
Clutch Encounters: Week 16
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Clutch Encounters: Week 16

Bill Belichick kicked off in overtime again, but why wouldn't you? Also: Bengals-Broncos have their own OT finish, Carolina stopped at 14-0, and why can't Mike Tomlin get the Steelers to care about the little games?

9 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2015, 10:55am by xxbigkidxx
Clutch Encounters: Week 15
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Clutch Encounters: Week 15

Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers to the biggest comeback win of his career against NFL's best defense. Also: Giants nearly take down another unbeaten, a useful Brandon Weeden, ugly Packers, and the weakest 4QC attempt in five years.

1 comment, Last at 23 Dec 2015, 12:09am by techvet
Clutch Encounters: Week 14
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Clutch Encounters: Week 14

Eli Manning shreds Miami in one of his best games to close a week with one 4QC. Also: Oakland stuns Denver, Cousins loses his mind, Chargers can't score, Tampa Bay's self-inflicted wounds, and Buffalo is one loss closer to 16 seasons without the playoffs.

17 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2015, 6:36am by Andrew Potter
Clutch Encounters: Week 14 MIN-ARI
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Clutch Encounters: Week 14 MIN-ARI

The Vikings were a spin away from OT in Arizona. See how an ugly GWD became a milestone for Carson Palmer and how "All Day" turned into "One Drive" for Adrian Peterson. Plus: which director can best capture the sadness of Matt Kalil?

29 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2015, 1:03pm by jmaron