NFL 2014: Clutch Performers
NFL 2014: Clutch Performers


Many NFL games are decided in the fourth quarter. The difference between a win and a loss can come down to a clutch performer. Some of the most memorable moments in NFL history have taken place with the game on the line.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning embraces the opportunity to respond under pressure. Last year, Manning posted an NFL-best 112.7 passer rating in the fourth quarter.

"Peyton is the smartest football player I have ever worked with," says Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. "He is a very intelligent quarterback and uses the tools of his game to his advantage."

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was also at his best during crunch time.

In 2013, Rivers posted a rating of 96.7 in the fourth quarter and led the Chargers to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

"I've been blown away by his anticipation and willingness to learn," says San Diego head coach Mike McCoy about Rivers. "He takes what the defense gives him, which is the quarterback's number one responsibility."


The quarterbacks with the highest fourth-quarter passer rating in 2013 (minimum 80 attempts):

Quarterback Comp Att Pct Yards TDs INT 4Q Rating
Source: NFL
Peyton Manning9113865.91,225145112.7
Tony Romo9413569.61,074104105.6
Jay Cutler639566.371594102.7
Philip Rivers9014163.81,1638496.7
Sam Bradford568863.64715096.4


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