Clutch Encounters

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

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Conference Championships
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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?

44 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2019, 8:17pm by dbt
Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round
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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.

31 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2019, 11:11am by techvet
Clutch Encounters: Wild Card
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Clutch Encounters: Wild Card

Nick Foles adds to one of the most unexpectedly impressive resumes in NFL history. Also: Seattle forgets how good Russell Wilson is, and the Ravens get taken out of their comfort zone.

78 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2019, 1:46pm by Pat
Clutch Encounters: Week 17 & Season Review
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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.

Clutch Encounters: Week 16
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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.

8 comments, Last at 25 Dec 2018, 1:13pm by Sixknots
Clutch Encounters: Week 15
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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.

3 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2018, 1:01pm by Pat
Clutch Encounters: LAC-KC
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Clutch Encounters: LAC-KC

The Chargers stunned the Chiefs with another 14-point fourth-quarter comeback on the road. We look at how it happened and which team should feel better about a potential rematch in January.

21 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2018, 12:31am by jayman4
Clutch Encounters: Week 14
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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.

8 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2018, 2:54pm by ChrisS
Clutch Encounters: Week 13
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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.

5 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2018, 10:12pm by Will Allen
Clutch Encounters: NO-DAL
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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?

8 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2018, 11:01am by Bob Smith