On Saturday, we noted that three of our own rank among the six most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL since the start of the 2009 season. The ranking was based on Total Quarterback Rating during the fourth quarter of one-score games.
Since all three found themselves in clutch situations during Sunday's games, I thought we would follow up in the Week 8 NFC North Quarterback Report. Below, I've posted their sparkling fourth-quarter QBRs, a few more tangible statistics and a quote. Remember, QBR runs on a scale of 0-100. A score of 50 is average.
Full season totals are at the bottom of the post, as always.
4th quarter QBR: 97.1
Relevant stats: Rodgers compiled that QBR based on only nine action plays, about half that of either divisional competitor. He made two really critical plays to the outcome of the game. The first was a four-yard touchdown pass to receiver Donald Driver, giving the Packers a two-score lead. The second was a deep shot on third down that drew a 38-yard pass interference penalty, putting the Packers in position to regain a two-score lead with less than three minutes remaining.
Quotable: "It's tough to win in this league and I think the expectations we've set around here and the way we've played on offense -- especially in the last couple weeks -- the expectations were we were going to come out and maybe blow them out. But we didn’t start fast. We didn't have enough juice early on and didn’t play well enough on offense to get that done." -- Rodgers
4th quarter QBR: 96.0
Relevant stats: Stafford accounted for a pair of one-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Both came on third down, a bootleg and a pass to receiver Titus Young. Stafford's fourth-quarter heroics are now almost routine. He has a career record of 16-21 in 37 starts. In half of the 16 victories, Stafford has brought the Lions back from a fourth-quarter deficit. Overall, he completed 11 of 16 passes for 84 yards and wasn't sacked in the fourth quarter.
Quotable: "I was just out there having fun, man. That's what it's all about. In NFL football, the fourth quarter is the fun. All the guys on our team -- they know it, they love it. The difference was today we showed up in the first half, put 14 on the board and battled in the third quarter and really had a pretty good day offensively minus the interception I threw. I'm just proud of guys hanging in there. We had a great tempo going, a great belief in that huddle in that fourth quarter drive. That's just kind of what we do. I think everybody in that huddle wasn't blinking at all, just ready to go." -- Stafford
4th quarter QBR: 92.4
Relevant stats: The figures don't totally align with Saturday's post because the Bears trailed by two scores when the fourth quarter began. Regardless, it's worth noting that Cutler completed 12 of 14 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He wasn't sacked after taking six in the first half. All 14 dropbacks came against the Panthers' standard pressure, meaning they backed off entirely on the blitz with a lead and paid dearly for it.
Quotable: "I'm sitting here shaking a little bit [because of] the cold weather, a little bit nervous, and he just starts smiling, like, 'Well, here we go.' [That] just put me at ease right away. The guys feel that vibe and they play off it." -- Bears receiver Brandon Marshall.