Recently, Pro Football Focus released its version of the 2019 All-Clutch team. However, due to an incredibly narrow focus, the roster ended up failing to have a single player from the Kansas City Chiefs on it.
Instead of defining clutch” by only what happens late and in close ball games selecting the players who graded the best in the fourth quarter and overtime of one-score games we need a better definition for clutch”. A player should be judged by what happens in the biggest moments of a given contest and/or the contests for which the stakes are the highest. Essentially, the question is: who shines brightest under the lights and when trophies are on the line?
In that light, the Chiefs should be all over any list defining the most clutch players in the NFL.
Of course, that should start at the top with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had one of the most incredible playoff runs in league history after leading Kansas City to three straight double-digit comebacks to capture the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in 50 years. From the run against the Tennessee Titans at the end of the first half, one of the greatest in NFL history, to WASP in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, Mahomes proved himself a clutch performer time and time again.
Tyreek Hill ran a perfect route on WASP as part of his nine reception, 105-yard Super Bowl performance. It is difficult to be more clutch than the performance that Cheetah” had in Super Bowl LIV.
Travis Kelce scored the Chiefs first fourth quarter touchdown in Super Bowl LIV with 6:13 left in the game, down by 10, to spark a 21-point explosion and capture the Lombardi trophy. That feels pretty clutch. When considering his full body of work in the playoffs, he seems worthy of a mention in any clutch ranking.