Regular season dominance is a necessary step towards the postseason, but it pales in comparison to coming through in crunch time. Legends are built in the winter months. There’s a reason why players with extensive playoff resumes – Joe Montana, Tom Brady – are revered by the football community, while those who fall short of expectations are judged harshly.
Whether you’re a diehard fan of a local team or just a general football enthusiast, there are bound to be postseason moments that stand out in your mind. Some of those may have come at the expense of your favorite team, burning the pain into your heart forever, though hopefully your favorite player’s biggest triumph resonates in a similar manner. The one-and-done nature of the NFL’s postseason amplifies the stakes for each play, each game. Margin for error is so slim that memorable moments are pre-destined to rise from the ether.
There’s one common bond that these top moments share – they were impactful, meaningful plays that made the difference in a push for the Lombardi Trophy. The players who conspired to make these magical plays happen did not always emerge as ultimate victors, but they will be remembered for their stretches of awesomeness despite not reaching the summit.
To reflect the team nature of America’s game, all phases of the game have to be represented. Mythologizing quarterbacks is a popular trend, but defense and special teams deserve their time in the spotlight as well. It takes a full roster to become NFL champions, and it takes the help of teammates to create a memorable playoff moment.
These are The Best Moments in NFL Playoff History.
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