NFL Clutch QB Index, Week 12: Patrick Mahomes wows (once more), whereas Zach Wilson plummets down rankings


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Tua has transformed on 11-of-14 profession game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities within the fourth quarter/OT, and his profession passer score within the fourth quarter/OT of a one-score recreation is 125.4. Each are the perfect profession numbers of any present beginning QB. He is backed up the numbers with huge performs late in victories over the Payments and Ravens this season. We’ll see how lengthy he can maintain off Mahomes with Miami’s schedule that includes a troublesome ultimate six video games (at 49ers, at Chargers, at Payments, vs. Packers, at Patriots, vs. Jets). 2
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Mahomes has transformed on no less than 60% of his game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities in each the common season and the playoffs. His regular-season price ranks second behind Tua. His playoff price is finest within the NFL. After pricey late picks in losses to the Colts and Payments this yr, he is bounced again in an enormous manner with comeback wins towards the Titans and Chargers. 3
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Rodgers would not get the clutch credit score fairly like Brady due to his one ring, however his profession conversion charges within the common season (42%) and playoffs (56%) are each nearly an identical to Brady’s. Look no additional than late playoff drives towards the Cardinals and Cowboys to see why they’re so excessive. (+1) 4
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Allen ranks sixth in conversion price on game-tying/go-ahead drives in his profession (43%) however has had a blended efficiency within the clutch this season. He led late game-winning drives in Baltimore and Kansas Metropolis earlier, however fell quick towards the Jets and Vikings, together with a number of dangerous turnovers towards Minnesota. (+1) 5
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Matty Ice has been one of the clutch QBs within the league this season regardless of a tumultuous marketing campaign. He has the third-highest passer score within the fourth quarter of one-score video games this yr and leads the NFL with 4 go-ahead landing passes within the fourth quarter. His clutch resume did not want a lot assist. He’s one shy of tying Dan Marino for the fifth-most game-winning drives of all time. (+1) 6
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He lived as much as the nickname “Joe Cool” with enormous comebacks capped by game-winning drives in each wins towards the Chiefs and “Mr. Clutch” Patrick Mahomes final season. Burrow ranks close to or within the high 10 throughout the board. He padded his numbers not too long ago with a go-ahead landing move to Ja’Marr Chase vs. the Saints in Week 6. A rematch with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs looms in Week 13. (+2) 7
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Cousins’ profession ranks are middling, however overlook his poor status in prime time, and he is stepped up within the clutch this yr. He’s 7 for 9 on game-tying/go-ahead drives within the fourth quarter/extra time this season, the perfect conversion price of any QB within the league with no less than 5 possibilities. His passer score in late, shut conditions this yr is greater than 100. 8
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TB12 is arguably essentially the most clutch QB of all time, moreover possibly Joe Montana. He ranks behind solely Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers in playoff conversion price on game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities (56%). These rankings do not take Tremendous Bowl rings into consideration and search to reply the query of who’s the clutchest proper now, and Brady’s 2022 is not doing him any favors. His inventory is up, although, after back-to-back wins. (+1) 9
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Garoppolo touchdown one spot behind Tom Brady right here appears like a criminal offense. Nevertheless, Garoppolo’s profession passer score in late, shut video games ranks third behind Tua Tagovailoa and Patrick Mahomes. He is additionally been higher within the clutch this yr in a restricted capability, such because the 49ers’ Week 10 comeback towards the Chargers. Nonetheless, the playoff hole is as huge because the Grand Canyon. The notion of Garoppolo will not change till he performs within the playoffs after the 49ers blew double-digit fourth-quarter results in the Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LIV and Rams within the 2021 NFC Championship recreation. Garoppolo and Brady meet for the primary time in Week 14, so maybe they’ll settle this rating (and a few others) then. (+1) 10
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Jackson has the fourth-best conversion price on game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities in his profession (50%). Final yr’s comeback towards the Colts was a reminder that he can completely beat you along with his arm late in video games. He simply hasn’t gotten a lot going this yr, throwing essential interceptions late in losses to the Payments and Giants. He did simply sufficient to squeak out a win towards Carolina in Week 11. (+2) 11
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Dak got here up empty in his first likelihood within the clutch this season, failing to steer Dallas on go-ahead drives late in Inexperienced Bay. He is eleventh within the standings based mostly on the small pattern this season, however ranks high seven throughout the board in profession rankings right here, together with a profession passer score above 100 in late, shut conditions. 12
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Hurts has a passer score of 100+ within the fourth quarter of 5 straight video games, and leads the NFL in passer score within the fourth quarter/OT of a one-score recreation this yr. His profession numbers are nonetheless center of the highway, however he is shifting up the board with a breakout season. (+5) 13
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Wilson has among the many most game-winning drives within the league since getting into the NFL in 2012, however ranks middle-of-the-pack in profession conversion price on game-tying/go-ahead drives. He moved up on this week’s rankings after main two go-ahead discipline purpose drives within the fourth quarter towards the Raiders on Sunday, though Denver’s protection could not maintain the lead and Wilson by no means received the ball in extra time. (+6) 14
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Just like Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford is at all times on the highest of the game-winning drives lists, whereas his profession conversion charges are close to league common. We noticed what he may do final postseason, although. (-1) 15
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Carr’s profession is filled with thrilling late comebacks. His profession conversion price on game-tying/go-ahead drives (42%) ranks seventh amongst present starters and is definitely almost an identical to Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. He has fallen flat this yr, although, excluding the Raiders’ extra time win in Week 11. He is 5 of 19 on changing game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities within the fourth quarter/OT this season, and Las Vegas is 1-6 in one-score video games after going 7-2 final yr. (-1) 16
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Jones is the rationale you may’t use game-winning drives alone to find out a participant’s clutchness. Earlier this yr, he set a document for essentially the most game-winning drives (5) by way of seven video games of a season in NFL historical past, however his passer score is 59.1 within the fourth quarter of one-score video games this yr. He hasn’t made difficult throws within the clutch this season. His 10 completions on 5 game-winning drives have traveled a grand whole of 25 air yards. (-1) 17
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Tannehill’s profession ranks are close to league common, however he is 0-5 within the playoffs with an opportunity to tie or take the lead late, together with final yr’s playoff loss to the Bengals. (+3) 18
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Herbert stands pat at 18th right here after being on the unsuitable finish of one other thrilling Patrick Mahomes comeback in Week 11. Herbert led a powerful go-ahead landing drive late, however could not pull a “Mahomes” and reply with 31 seconds left and down three factors. His profession conversion price (44%) late in video games is fifth within the NFL, however he is twelfth this season. Additionally, his passer score within the fourth quarter/OT of a one-score recreation is simply 69.2 in 2022, nineteenth within the league. 19
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Dalton’s profession numbers are beneath common, however he ranks center of the pack right here after efficiently changing on 3-of-6 game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities within the fourth-quarter/OT this yr. (+3) 20
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Mariota’s profession conversion price (41%) on game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities ranks twelfth amongst present starters simply behind Tom Brady. As soon as upon a time, he led a miraculous playoff comeback in Kansas Metropolis. He is additionally transformed on 7-of-13 clutch drives this yr. (-4) 21
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Wilson’s keep within the high 5 was by no means going to be lengthy based mostly on his small pattern dimension within the clutch and the best way he is been taking part in. All of it got here crashing down after he could not ship with a number of possibilities towards the Patriots. (-18) 22
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Goff’s profession ranks are close to the underside of the league, and he is 1-7 with an opportunity to tie or take the lead late for the Lions this yr. (+1) 23
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Geno’s profession revival hasn’t translated into many clutch alternatives this yr, but when he retains performing like he did late in a Week 8 win vs. the Giants, he’ll be shifting up the rankings. (-2) 24
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Heinicke is protecting the Commanders’ beginning QB job with Carson Wentz wholesome sufficient to return. He is had his moments within the clutch this yr, like an unbelievable comeback towards the Colts, however his fourth-quarter interception into double protection towards the Eagles may have simply price Washington the sport. He has the third-worst profession conversion price (26%) on game-tying/go-ahead drive possibilities late in video games, forward of solely Davis Mills and Kenny Pickett. (+1) 25
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Brissett could have had a game-winning drive vs. the Ravens in Week 6 had Amari Cooper not received known as for OPI on a late TD. Nonetheless, Brissett’s numbers fall quick throughout the board right here, and he’ll quickly cede his beginning function to Deshaun Watson. (+2) 26
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Murray ranks close to the underside in a lot of the standards, and our final reminiscence of him in clutch time was his slide and spike gaffe towards the then-unbeaten Eagles earlier this yr. 27
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Jones’ profession numbers are league common to beneath common, and he is 0-5 on drives with an opportunity to tie or take the lead late this season. He threw an ill-advised choose into the top zone towards the Ravens in Week 3 off his again foot, and did nothing towards the Jets in Week 11 with an opportunity to win the sport late. (-3) 28
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He could also be rising as a star quarterback, however he has but to make an impression within the clutch. The Bears are 5-18 on game-tying/go-ahead drive conversions within the fourth quarter and extra time this yr. They’ve misplaced six straight video games which have been determined by one possession. Fields has the worst passer score within the ultimate 5 minutes of regulation this yr (31.4). 29
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Mills has transformed on simply 1-of-17 game-tying/go-ahead possibilities late for the Texans in his profession. His passer score late in video games is above 80, which is the one cause he is not in final place right here. 30
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Darnold has taken the Panthers’ beginning QB job (for now) and debuts at No. 30 within the rankings right here. He has the second-worst passer score in late, shut video games (54.8) for his profession amongst present starters. 31
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Lawrence has but to seek out his footing late in video games. He is led the Jaguars down the sphere to tie or take the lead on simply 28% of his profession alternatives, fourth-worst within the league. He has the third-worst passer score in late, shut conditions in his profession. (-1) 32
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Pickett debuts in final place in our rankings after increase sufficient pattern dimension to qualify. He is solely transformed on 1-of-8 possibilities to tie or take the lead late this yr and has a 42.2 passer score in late, shut video games — worst within the league.



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