50 Most Impressive Clutch Players in NFL Playoff History

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Every team will agree that at the NFL playoffs clutch players can make the difference between winning and losing. Over the years there have been plenty of sensational members of different teams who can be called up to get them out of a bad situation and really pull through. It’s difficult to name the best because there are so many, but here are 50 of the top clutch players that teams have relied on in NFL playoff history.

  1. Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, the only player to have seven World Championships under his belt. 
  2. Joe Montana, 4 Super Bowl Championships, 11 Playoffs, 45 touchdowns and 21 interceptions – one of the best ever.
  3. Jerry Rice, 4 Super Bowl Appearances, 3 Super Bowl Championships, 16 Playoffs, 22 touchdowns and 151 receptions. 
  4. Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers, 2 Super Bowl Championships, 3 NFL Championships, 6 Playoffs, 15 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
  5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 4 Superbowl appearances, 3 Superbowl Championships, 8 Playoffs, 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
  6. Terry Bradshaw, 4 Superbowl appearances, 4 Super Bowl championships, 9 playoffs, 30 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
  7. Lynn Swann, Dallas Cowboys, 4 Super Bowl championships, 4 Superbowl appearances, 9 touchdowns, 48 receptions, and seven postseason appearances.
  8. Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys, 3 Superbowl appearances, 3 Super Bowl championships, three play offs, 21 touchdowns, and 5 touchdowns in the Superbowl.
  9. Terrell Davis, 2 Super Bowl championships, 2 Superbowl appearances, 12 touchdowns, three postseason appearances, and he holds NFL records for his time with the Broncos.
  10. Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs, 2 Superbowl appearances, one Super Bowl championship, one AFL championship, 7 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
  11. Larry Csonka, Miami Dolphins, 2 Super Bowl championships, 3 Superbowl appearances, 9 touchdowns, 6 postseason appearances.
  12. Richard Dent, Chicago Bears, one Super Bowl championship, one Superbowl appearance, 4 postseason appearances, and was named Super Bowl MVP in 1985.
  13. Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers, 4 Super Bowl championships, 4 Superbowl appearances, 10 play offs and 17 touchdowns.
  14. Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys, 3 Super Bowl championships, 3 Superbowl appearances, 8 playoffs, 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
  15. Roger Staubach, 2 Super Bowl championships, 4 Superbowl appearances, 24 touchdowns, 19 interceptions and nine postseason appearances.
  16. Ken Stabler, Raiders, one Superbowl championship, one Superbowl appearance, 19 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and seven postseason appearances.
  17. Ray Nitschke, Green Bay Packers, 2 Super Bowl championships, three NFL championships, known for dominating opposing blockers.
  18. Jim Taylor, 2 Super Bowl championships, three NFL championships, 127 receiving yards, 508 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
  19. Brett Favre, southern Mississippi, one Superbowl championship, 2 Superbowl appearances, 44 touchdowns, 30 inceptions and 12 postseason appearances.
  20. John Elway, Broncos, 2 Super Bowl championships, 5 Superbowl appearances, 33 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and 10 postseason appearances.
  21. Mel Renfro, Dallas Cowboys, 2 Super Bowl championships, 4 Superbowl appearances, four interceptions, 11 playoffs. One of the greats.
  22. Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals, 1 Superbowl championship, 3 Superbowl appearances, 31 touchdowns, 14 inceptions and five postseason appearances.
  23. Randy White, Dallas Cowboys, one Superbowl championship, 3 Superbowl appearances, 1 interception, 9 sacks, one of the best players in the 70s and 80s.
  24. Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, one Superbowl appearance, 2 NFL championships, 7 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 7n postseason appearances.
  25. Fran Tarkenton, Vikings, 3 Superbowl appearances, 11 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and 5 postseason appearances in the 1970s.
  26. Mike Webster, Pittsburgh, 3 Super Bowl championships, 10 playoff appearances, and one of the most dominating centres ever seen in the NFL.
  27. Mel Blanc, Steelers, 4 Super Bowl championships, 5 interceptions, some pretty impressive play that deserves the Hall of Fame.
  28. Bruce Smith, 3 Superbowl appearances, 7 postseason appearances, 14.5 sacks, a really strong player.
  29. Charles Haley, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, 5 Superbowl championships, 5 Superbowl appearances, 1 interception, and 8 postseason appearances.
  30. Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts, the hero of the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants.
  31. Shannon Sharpe, Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, 3 Super Bowl championships, 3 Superbowl appearances, four touchdowns and 8 postseason appearances.
  32. Joe Namath, New York Jets, 1 Superbowl championship, 1 Superbowl appearance, 2 play-off appearances, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions
  33. Deion Sanders, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, 2 Super Bowl championships, 2 Superbowl appearances in 1994.
  34. Tony Dorsett, Dallas Cowboys, 1 Superbowl championship 2 Superbowl appearances, 10 touchdowns and 8 postseason appearances.
  35. Lenny Moore, Baltimore Colts, 2 NFL championships, 9 passes for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  36. Alan Page, Minnesota Vikings, for Superbowl appearances, one of the most clutch performances ever seen.
  37. Ronnie Lott, San Francisco 49ers, made a huge difference to the team in the 1980s, 9 postseason interceptions and 2 that went for touchdowns.
  38. Jim Kelly, for Superbowl appearances, 21 touchdowns, 28 interceptions and 8 postseason appearances.
  39. Andre Reed, Buffalo Bills, 4 Superbowl appearances, 9 touchdowns, 9 postseason appearances and 27 Superbowl passes.
  40. Willie Lanier, Kansas City Chiefs, a victorious interception in the fourth quarter of the Super bowls IV sealing the victory.
  41. Fred Biletnikoff, 1 Superbowl championship, 2 Superbowl appearances and 9 postseason appearances.
  42. Steve Young, 3 Super Bowl championships, 3 Superbowl appearances and 11 playoff appearances.
  43. Bob Griese, Miami Dolphins, 1 Superbowl championship, 2 Super Bowl appearances.
  44. John Taylor, 3 Super Bowl championships, 3 Superbowl appearances.
  45. Raymond Berry, 2 NFL championships, 2 NFL championship appearances.
  46. Marshall Faulk, 1 Superbowl championship, 2 Superbowl appearances.
  47. Thurman Thomas, 4 Superbowl appearances and 10 playoffs.
  48. Jim Brown, 2 NFL championships, 4 play offs
  49. Art Monk, 1 Superbowl championship, 2 Superbowl appearances.
  50. Michael Irvin, 3 Super Bowl championships and 3 Superbowl appearances.

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