It was another exciting week of NFL action over the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Two games went to overtime for the second week in a row. Those crunch-time heroics are what sports fans have decided is “clutch.” Being able to elevate your team with the game on the line by making the play when it counts. It is the quality that makes certain players elite, an ability to be clutch when the game is on the line. To deliver the win when it counts most, to be perfect when in crunch time.
This weekend was filled with crunch-time wins, and that means clutch players. We’ve ranked the clutch performances once again this week. For our clutch power rankings, we go on a week to week basis. It is not cumulative, the slate is wiped clean every week.
1. William Moore, S, Atlanta Falcons
Falcons safety William Moore forced a fumble on the Bills second play in overtime. That turn over ended their drive, gave the Falcons the ball on the right side of the 50 and set up the drive that resulted in the game winning field goal.
2. Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yes, can you believe this? He started off what would be the game winning drive throwing an incompletion. He followed that pass up by completing five of the next six to give the Jags the lead and win right after Brandon Weeden threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon.
3. Chykie Brown, CB, Baltimore Ravens
I was tempted to put the entire Ravens defense, but decided against it because they did allow the Steelers to score a touchdown with a minute left in the game. Ravens corner back Chykie Brown broke up a pass when the Steelers attempted a two-point conversion to tie the game though.
4. Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings
Walsh kicked a 30-yard field goal to tie the game with 20 seconds left. Then he kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to win the game for the Vikes. He made a field goal earlier in overtime to win the game but it was nullified by a penalty.
5. Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
The Patriots almost suffered an embarrassing loss to the Houston Texans. They bounced back with two fourth quarter field goals from Stephen Gostkowski, both of which were 53-yards long. The first one tied the game with roughly seven minutes left. The second gave the Patriots the lead with a little over three minutes left in the game.
6. Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
Kicked a game-winning field goal from 36-yards out to win the game in overtime.
7. Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Jackson punched the ball into the end zone on a one-yard run on the first try to tie the game with about a minute and a half to go in the game. That score forced an overtime.
8. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Four minutes left in the game, your team is losing? How about a 95-yard touchdown reception. There was too much time left on the clock though, but it was a big play.