We are officially past the midway point of the NFL season and as we do every week, we’re ranking the most clutch performances of the week. Obviously, this won’t include any one from Monday Night Football and we do our clutch rankings on a week to week basis, not cumulative for the year.
While making a play to win the game certainly makes you clutch and gets a higher emphasis in our decision making process, we also take into consideration outstanding performances. One player excelling and putting his team ahead by multiple scores is something else that we consider clutch. Without further delay, here are our Week 9 clutch power rankings. Let us know what you think in the comments and who should’ve been on the list but wasn’t.
1. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo almost made a crucial error at the end of the game that would’ve been labeled as typical Romo. He bounced back from that fourth quarter interception by leading the Cowboys on a 9 play, 90 yard drive which ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris. That score came with less than 40 seconds left in the game and gave the Cowboys the win. Romo completed 34 of 51 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
2. Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins
It was overtime and the Miami Dolphins needed a win. In two drives the Dolphins offense managed to get 1 first down. So defensive end Cameron Wake took matters into his own hands. Wake sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton more than 8 yards behind the line of scrimmage for the safety and the win.
3. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks were trailing the the winless Buccaneers 24-7 early in the third quarter. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks on three scoring drives to tie the game, including a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. With just under two minutes left in the game Wilson connected with Doug Baldwin for a game-tying touchdown to force an overtime. The Seahawks then won the game on a field goal about 6 minutes into overtime.
T-4. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
With four minutes left the Colts found themselves trailing 24-6 to the Houston Texans. Luck led the Colts on three scoring drives, all resulting in touchdown passes to win the game. The third and final touchdown, the game-winning touchdown, came with 4 minutes left in the game. That gave the Colts their first lead of the night. One of the touchdowns was a 58-yard pass. Luck finished the night with 271 passing yards and completed 18 of 40 passes.
T-4. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianpolis Colts
Those three touchdown passes Luck threw? All of them were caught by Hilton, who finished the day with 7 receptions for 121 yards and those three touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans were tied with the St. Louis Rams midway through the fourth quarter. The Titans defense got a stop on a third and seven play from their own 24 yard lines. The Titans defense sacked quarterback Kellen Clemens and forced the fumble. That gave the Titans offense the ball on the 19-yard line, and running back Chris Johnson scored on the very next play with a 19-yard touchdown run. The defense deserves a lot of credit for the turnover, but Johnson had played well all game. He rushed 23 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 20 yards.
Honorable Mention: Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles were never in any danger of losing the game. They were dominating the Raiders and even substituted out starting quarterback Nick Foles early in the fourth quarter. Through three quarters he completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards and 7 touchdowns. That 7 touchdowns tied and NFL record for most in a game, earlier this year Peyton Manning tied the same record.
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