Clutch Encounters

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

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: NYJ-CLE
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Clutch Encounters: NYJ-CLE

Cleveland's 19-game winless streak is over after Baker Mayfield's debut ignites a dramatic comeback. Why didn't Hue Jackson start the No. 1 pick sooner? We also look at how coaches go against their word on their rookie QB plans, and why they should start ASAP.

22 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2018, 3:36pm by Tim R
Clutch Encounters: Week 2
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Clutch Encounters: Week 2

Denver pulls out another September comeback at Mile High. A lousy week of kicking denies Kirk Cousins his finest win and a win of any kind for the Browns. Andrew Luck is turning into a dart-thrower, and Nick Foles ties the failed completions record.

14 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2018, 2:50pm by Damon
Clutch Encounters: BAL-CIN
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Clutch Encounters: BAL-CIN

Cincinnati held off Baltimore after A.J. Green caught a career-high three touchdowns. Are these offenses showing real improvement yet? Also: based on the point spread, was Baltimore cutting it close inevitable?

2 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2018, 10:41pm by PTORaven
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