Madden 12 Declares the NFL’s Clutch Players

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Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 2:45 pm

According to EA Sports and Madden NFL 12 there are currently 36 “clutch” players in the league. The new ‘Player Traits’ this year provide more insight into how individuals are viewed and how they will perform in Madden beyond just their ratings.

As noted in the general impressions EA has done an admirable job in reflecting some personality in the players by going this route. When it comes to “Clutch” while offensive and defensive lineman are omitted from consideration all other positions have the ability to receive it – and in doing so get a ratings boost in certain high pressure situations. 

The following players have received the “Clutch” trait:

•QB: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Josh Freeman
•RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Peyton Hillis, Marshawn Lynch
•WR/TE: Antonio Gates, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Wes Welker, Santonio Holmes, Anquan Boldin
•LB: Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware, James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher
•CB/S: Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Asante Samuel, Charles Woodson, Tracy Porter
•K: Ryan Longwell, Rob Bironas, Adam Vinatieri

So it looks like “Clutch” has gone to the many elite individuals plus those who are most remembered for making a single monumental play (E. Manning, Porter, Lynch). It remains unclear if there are any plans to update the player ‘Traits’ or ‘Roles’ along with the ratings changes in the new rosters that are delivered over the course of the season.

Are all those players deserving of having received the “Clutch” designation and what others should have been considered to be amongst the group? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • http://twitter.com/Willy2535 Wil Johnston-Sanders

    Just wondering if anyone else is having problems throwing the ball?? Ill have a WR open and throw the ball to them and the DBS or LBS seem to close so fast or make a jump from nowhere to either intercept my pass or knock it down. Never used to have this problem on Madden 11 so yeah just wondering if its me or if other ppl are noticing it too? thx

  • http://twitter.com/Willy2535 Wil Johnston-Sanders

    Just wondering if anyone else is having problems throwing the ball?? Ill have a WR open and throw the ball to them and the DBS or LBS seem to close so fast or make a jump from nowhere to either intercept my pass or knock it down. Never used to have this problem on Madden 11 so yeah just wondering if its me or if other ppl are noticing it too? thx

  • http://twitter.com/Willy2535 Wil Johnston-Sanders

    Just wondering if anyone else is having problems throwing the ball?? Ill have a WR open and throw the ball to them and the DBS or LBS seem to close so fast or make a jump from nowhere to either intercept my pass or knock it down. Never used to have this problem on Madden 11 so yeah just wondering if its me or if other ppl are noticing it too? thx

  • Playstation3gam3r

    why are the balls the qbs throw so slow

  • Djmilton1

    They’ll update it.I dont think Eli should be up their,Maybe Matt Ryan.No offense to Giants fans

    • Logic

      Eli has the most 4th qaurter comes since 2005. He has 14 of them. I think many people just speak without really looking at what clutch is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=43004387 Jimmy Kraft

    As a Bills fan…Lynch shouldn’t get the this rating at all, he’s so inconsistent and disappears in games. How much did Lynch pay EA to get that rating? ;)

    Other people have said it, but Matt Ryan isn’t on this list? You don’t get the nickname “Matty Ice” if you don’t make some clutch plays…
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=43004387 Jimmy Kraft

    As a Bills fan…Lynch shouldn’t get the this rating at all, he’s so inconsistent and disappears in games. How much did Lynch pay EA to get that rating? ;)

    Other people have said it, but Matt Ryan isn’t on this list? You don’t get the nickname “Matty Ice” if you don’t make some clutch plays…
     

    • Anonymous

      your just mad lynch didnt do shit for your team. 

      • Smsixx

        Your just mad that your stuck at home in front of your TV waiting for your mom to come home with that #4 from McDonalds. :)

        Its obvious your a Seahawks fan…so enlighten us and tell us what Lynch will run for this year so I can laugh at you in December. :)

    • herpaderp

      hes not clutch though, i never understood why he got that nickname

  • YoMomzCombatBoots

    Sooo I take it you can’t be a Defensive or Offensive Lineman and be clutch?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      I think it would be difficult to determine what constitutes clutch for an offensive lineman. I think defensive lineman should be eligible though.

  • Peeps21212

    Sanchez should be ALL clutch. In fact they should make him Ken Dorsey through the first 3 quarters and just turn it on in the fourth. 

    • herpaderp

      trololololol

    • herpaderp

      trololololol

  • Guest

    can you edit player roles?

    • Guest

      or player traits?

    • Guest

      or player traits?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000295534671 Jared Baxter

        Player roles: No.

        Player traits: Yes.

  • Guest

    can you edit player roles?

  • chicken rib

    Mark Sanchez defines clutch

  • chicken rib

    Mark Sanchez defines clutch

  • chicken rib

    Mark Sanchez defines clutch

    • herpaderp

      fail *facepalm*

    • herpaderp

      fail *facepalm*

    • You’reWRONG

      Mark Sanchez couldn’t define clutch if he had a dictionary glued to his hands. 

  • Joe

    Glitch found in Franchise mode that needs to be fixed.  Almost every game I have played it rains.  I play with the Raiders and according to Madden 12 Northern California has a low pressure weather system which is producing rain every week.  Those poor people in the Bay Area.  Flooding must be destroying the city.  A Madden developer admitted this is a glitch.  That first patch better be out soon.

    • YoMomzCombatBootz

      I’m no meteorologist but ummm. Seeing as how football is played once a week. I doubt “flooding must be destroying the city.”

      • Joe

        If you had rain like this every Sunday, yep flooding would be bad.  Trust me.

  • thehorrorsof72

    what, no love for the falcons? where’s Matt Ryan? It’s not like they call him Matty Ice for nothing

  • thehorrorsof72

    what, no love for the falcons? where’s Matt Ryan? It’s not like they call him Matty Ice for nothing

  • Bobo

    Clutch = a player who comes up big in high pressure over and over and over again.

    Roethlisberger is not clutch……Hines Ward is.
    He makes Ben look good.

    Eli is not clutch…he should have the “one hit wonder” designation. 

    Clutch kicker…Janikowski for sure…he cant help being on a shitty team.  But he makes clutch kicks on those rare occasions his offense gives him a chance.

    RB…Ray Rice is just as clutch than Hillis or Lynch…maybe more.

    • Logic

      Eli has the most 4th quarter comebacks in the league. He has 14. He is very clutch; inconsitent yets but very clutch.

  • Antonio

    Why isn’t Alex Smith on that list of clutch players? :(

  • StrongRocks

     does anyone notice that all people do in the comments is fight
    someone says something and someone doesn’t like it
    I’m mean its just so stupid and childish

  • Anonymous

    Peyton Hillis? What has he done yet that’s been clutch? They must of put him in this category just because he’s the coverboy.

  • Mogana20

    WTF is eli doing on that list BS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ravon Seuss Mayer

    ELI MANNING???? Oh come on what has he done clutch? crickets. and dont say super bowl 42 that was an amazing catch, the throw was….shitty.

    • Swiftthegift

      You are going bu personal feeling. Eli has the most 4th quarter comebacks since 2005. He has 14 of them.

  • duh!

    Hines ward….just saying…the guy catches everything when its needed.

  • Tim W

    Dion Branch should have the “Clutch” trait.  He was super clutch in the superbowl wins for the Patriots, especially when he won the SB MVP.  and just look at last year when the Pats traded Randy Moss, everyone thought the Pats offense would go downhill.  NOPE.  Branch came in and played like he never left having some huge games with 8, 9 catches.  Plenty of big first downs.  

  • Tim W

    and Greg Jennings definetly belongs in the clutch category.  So many big catches.  

    And also Matt Ryan and Roddy White.  I’m pretty sure i heard a stat that Ryan had led the most 4th quarter comebacks the last year or 2.  and White has had many of those big catches down the stretch of games.  

  • Tim W

    Matt Ryan 13 game winning drives in 3 seasons.  Matt Bryant the Kicker kicked a lot of game winning kicks too.  

  • Tim W

    I’d Also say Karlos Dansby LB.  He’s made plenty of big time plays over the past few years.  vs Falcons in playoffs for example. 
    Nick Collins Safety 

  • Mike Jones

    Eli Manning and not Matt Ryan…

    That S**t is obsurd.

  • Mike Jones

    Eli Manning and not Matt Ryan…

    That S**t is obsurd.

  • Justud

    Pasta,

    Before you speak, please do your research.  Please check on the number of 4th quarter comebacks that Eli Manning has in his career!  More than you obviously think!  Eli is deserving of the clutch trait.

  • Dusto26

    Being a Raider fan, I love Asomugha. WIsh we couldve kept him.  As far as “CLUTCH” goes though, Asomugha does not have a history of anything resembling a clutch performance.  Hes never made a key play or INT to give us a win, or more importantly, didnt really make any big 3rd down stops, to give us a chance to win a game.  Hes never stopped, batted, or picked one off, on a 4th down play, SO…..why is he concidered a “Clutch” player. I have in fact, have seen him give up a TD to V. Jackson, when we desperately needed a stop. And he has also has given up some 3rd down conversions from time to time.  Dont get me wrong, he IS THE BEST CORNER IN THE GAME, BUT…..He just isnt a “CLUTCH” performer.  He is a very, very, very, consistent player.  The last player we had in Oaktown, was probably, Rich Gannon.  In 2002, he was one of the most “CLUTCH’; players of all time in one season. 

  • Dusto26

    Being a Raider fan, I love Asomugha. WIsh we couldve kept him.  As far as “CLUTCH” goes though, Asomugha does not have a history of anything resembling a clutch performance.  Hes never made a key play or INT to give us a win, or more importantly, didnt really make any big 3rd down stops, to give us a chance to win a game.  Hes never stopped, batted, or picked one off, on a 4th down play, SO…..why is he concidered a “Clutch” player. I have in fact, have seen him give up a TD to V. Jackson, when we desperately needed a stop. And he has also has given up some 3rd down conversions from time to time.  Dont get me wrong, he IS THE BEST CORNER IN THE GAME, BUT…..He just isnt a “CLUTCH” performer.  He is a very, very, very, consistent player.  The last player we had in Oaktown, was probably, Rich Gannon.  In 2002, he was one of the most “CLUTCH’; players of all time in one season. 

  • Southpaul15

    UHHHH? CHRIS JOHNSON..

  • filty

    kenny britt isnt the best but how clutch has he been in the past 2 years? does anyone remember the drive where he threw his team on his back against AZ??? what about DJAX?

  • i speak the truth son

    Devin hester should be a clutch with his return ability to change the game A.k.a Cardinals nfc champ game

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