The 20 Most Important Plays of the NFL Season

The 20 Most Important Plays of the NFL Season


The 20 Most Important Plays of the NFL Season


#15 Titans go for two in London against the Chargers

Two-point conversions have played a big role in the Chargers’ season. Earlier this year, the Titans had an opportunity to kick for the tie, but instead Mike Vrabel went aggressive and tried for the win against the Chargers. Both attempts failed (the first was negated by a defensive penalty). If that play is converted, Tennessee is squarely in much better shape for a wildcard and has a very good chance of winning the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Chargers’ chances to get the #1 seed and win the AFC West would be minimal.

#14 Rams go for win on 4th and 1 versus Seahawks

The Rams won two close games against Seattle this year, and had those gone differently, the NFC West could still be wide open, and the Rams would have more difficulty getting a bye.

The key moment in the first meeting came when the Rams faced a 4th and 1, and rather than punt the ball back to Russell Wilson with the game on the line, Sean McVay went to win the game. It worked, and the Rams ran out the clock.

#13 Orlando Scandrick drops interception versus Rams

The Rams-Chiefs game came down to so many big moments and huge plays, as the game with the highest score by a losing team ever. One of them, though, literally slipped through the Chiefs’ hands when they had a chance to secure the victory.

Orlando Scandrick dropped into perfect position, and Jared Goff threw the ball right to his hands.

If Scandrick secures that catch, the Chiefs have a stranglehold on the AFC #1 spot, and the Rams are behind the Bears in the NFC.

#12 Khalil Mack sacks, injures Aaron Rodgers

When Khalil Mack sacked and injured Aaron Rodgers on opening night, it looked to foretell doom for Green Bay, and announce the coming of Chicago. Well, except Aaron Rodgers came limping back in the second half, led a massive comeback, and seemed to right things.

Not so fast. Rodgers never seemed right after that, Green Bay struggled, and the Bears surged despite that loss. Who knows how things would have turned out for Green Bay with a healthier Aaron Rodgers?

#11 Bobby Wagner blocked kick versus Vikings

Bobby Wagner timed his jump over the line and blocked the field goal attempt in the fourth quarter against the Vikings. The problem was he used leverage by pushing off his own players, and a penalty should have been called.

That kick would have made it a 6-3 game with 5:46 left. Instead, the Seahawks went down and scored, then got a defensive touchdown, and the game was over.

Seattle is in great shape right now to claim the wildcard. Minnesota still has work to do. Those roles could be swapped if Minnesota had prevailed.

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