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NFL's most unstoppable plays

Rob Gronkowski running up the seam is a nightmare for any defense to defend. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

At this time of year, can an NFL play really be "unstoppable"?

The infectious grooves of Taylor Swift, I mean, of course they're unstoppable. The Ice Bucket Challenge. The Polar Vortex. That scene where Baby Groot dances to "I Want You Back." All unstoppable.

But on the gridiron, in the playoffs, when NFL defenses have four months of tape to dissect what your offense does best, perhaps no single play can accurately be termed unstoppable. As with a kitchen remodel, throw enough resources at a problem and sometimes you can make it go away.

Still, when I talk about plays that are unstoppable (as I did before the season started and after six weeks), what I'm really talking about are plays that show up on tape again and again and have a terrific overall success rate.

I thought it would be fun to dive back into a season's worth of game film and focus on the eight teams still alive in the NFL playoffs. Which plays that you'll be watching this weekend are the toughest to stop?

Here's my list, in ascending order of unstoppability, along with images of all the plays. Hit me up on Twitter @CHarrisESPN if you feel like I missed a great one.


5. C.J. Anderson zone runs behind six linemen.

Back in October, my No. 1 unstoppable play was Julius Thomas split wide, running option routes that tormented the safeties and linebackers assigned to stop him. No doubt the Denver Broncos would like to get Thomas back to the point where he can run such routes with dominance again, but he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 11 and didn't score another touchdown (he had 12 through 10 games). Thomas' injury partly explains the Broncos' emphasis on running and the emergence of Anderson, an undrafted second-year player who has succeeded in the power-running game where higher-profile players such as Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman failed.