Madden 13 Declares The NFL’s Clutch Players

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Posted August 28th, 2012 at 10:15 am

Last year EA Sports introduced “Player Traits” to the Madden franchise. The most discussed trait by far was that of “Clutch” in which those players receive ratings boosts in high-pressure situations particularly late in games.

Madden NFL 13 begins with 36 players designated as “Clutch” matching the number that debuted in Madden 12. That game ended with 38 after adding Calvin Johnson, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Graham and Justin Smith while dropping Philip Rivers and Josh Freeman over the course of the season.

Those new to the group for Madden NFL 13 are Ray Rice, Frank Gore, Mario Manningham, Steve Smith, Derrick Johnson, Eric Weddle, and Matt Prater. Dropping out are Justin Smith, Tracy Porter, Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha, James Harrison, Wes Welker, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, and Peyton Hillis. Defensive lineman and offensive lineman are not eligible for the trait.

Continue on for the full list of ¬†players that have the “Clutch” trait in Madden NFL 13 and leave your thoughts in the comments!¬†

Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers
Drew Brees
Tom Brady
Eli Manning
Ben Roethlisberger
Peyton Manning
Tim Tebow

Running Back
Maurice Jones-Drew
Ray Rice
Frank Gore
Marshawn Lynch

Tight End
Jimmy Graham
Antonio Gates

Wide Receiver
Calvin Johnson
Larry Fitzgerald
Andre Johnson
Steve Smith
Anquan Boldin
Santonio Holmes
Mario Manningham

Linebacker
DeMarcus Ware
Patrick Willis
Brian Urlacher
Clay Matthews
Ray Lewis
Derrick Johnson

Cornerback
Darrelle Revis
Champ Bailey
Charles Woodson

Safety
Troy Polamalu
Ed Reed
Eric Weddle

Kicker
Rob Bironas
Ryan Longwell
Adam Vinatieri
Matt Prater

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  • Jimmy Kraft

    Marshawn Lynch? Really?

    • Mo Diddley

      You don’t remember that big time run a 2 years ago? That was probably the most clutch run in recent history

      • Jimmy Kraft

        That ONE run TWO YEARS ago? The definition of clutch is performing at a high level more than once when it matters most. Sorry Lynch, one sick run from two years ago doesn’t earn you the right to be called clutch.

  • NoFro904

    Seeing Tim Tebows name with these elite players just doesnt fit right.
    Damn you skip bayless

    • Mo Diddley

      Say what you want but the kid got heart and leaves it ll out on the field which is why he plays so well when it matters most

      • Jimmy Kraft

        So saying most others don’t have heart and leave it all on the field? Faulty logic there…

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Can understand that – but giving him the clutch trait is the best way to represent how he plays. Should have a lower overall base rating though.

      • GKage

        Meh. It’s like he contradicts himself. Perform late in games when under pressure, but his performance/decision making throughout the game was the main reason his team were in those pressure situations. It’s like how can you be part of the solution when you’re part of the problem?

  • Rude Boy

    C’mon man how is Frank Gore clutch but not Vernon Davis?!? Could’ve left Frank off the list & I’ma 9ers fan…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.query.3 Mike Query

      So youre a niner fan and a pats fan? what a joke

      • Rude Boy

        Pats fan? Idk WTF you’re talking about LMAO

  • DJ Promy

    Vernon Davis, Sidney Rice, & Brandon Spikes should also be on this list but that will change after a couple of games into the season.

  • eeeeh

    it’s the biased patriot fan in me that wonders how there’s no boston te party in their respective category. i may be wrong but i doubt the pats would have made it as far as they did without em.. of course having tb12 doesn’t hurt but I’m just saying.

  • Mo Diddley

    Where is Vick or D-Jax? No mention of Nnamdi even though he is the best shut down corner in the game?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.query.3 Mike Query

      What have anyone of them ever won? Oh nothing, there’s your answer.

      • Mo Diddley

        Same argument could be said about Revis, Bailey, Reed, Drew, Rice, Gore, Johnson etc etc get my drift?

        • Mason Drews

          Heck if DeSean is gonna be clutch then so should Romo for his heroics in the San Fran and Washington games last season. Romo also has the highest 4th quarter passer rating of active quarterbacks to boot. Not trying to make a case for Romo at all, just saying neither VIck nor DeSean deserve anything.

          Vick… you can’t be serious lol? Remember his interception that sent the Eagles home against Green Bay two seasons ago? He decided to throw to Rookie WR Riley Cooper. He forced the throw and it was picked off ended their season. Besides how many comebacks has this guy had the last two years lol.

          I would like to mention Dallas kicker Dan Bailey. He won quite a few games last year and hit many big kicks. The first Washington game we beat them on nothing but field goals and a great pass from Romo. Bailey went 6/6 that game, if that isn’t clutch I don’t know what is.

  • http://twitter.com/vlnj13 vlnj13

    SANTONIO HOLMES? MR. “LET ME NOT CARE ABOUT MY TEAM WITH 2 MINS LEFT FIGHTING FOR THE PLAYOFFS?”

    • VicksDogDaycare

      I hate the steelers but I agree with this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/yezzir Yasser Ali

        Fail.

    • nyjfan

      he had a couple of game winners but yes on the dolphins game he gave up but i agree he did not earned it last year

      • MarcTheBeast666

        Heres a concept options to turn it off.

    • Marcus

      Actually I just watched about 5 videos of Holmes making game winning catches. Superbowl 43, the game against the Texans, playoff game vs the patriots, the game against the Browns. Seems pretty clutch.

  • daley’s homeboy

    tim tebow =suks

    • cb

      Yes, he’s a pretty crappy quarterback for 90% of the game. But if anyone qualifies as “clutch”, it’s Tebow.

      • GKage

        While technically true in terms of performing late in games, it’s kind of a oxymoron when the reason his team were in those situations was because of his horrid throws/decision making in the first place.

        • Kumar

          Well considering they weren`t winning at all until he started playing.You have to cut him a break.And yes I don`t think his style of play can be sustained and yes he looked horrible a great deal of the time.And yes his defense bailed him out.However they were losing bad for the last 2 years until he became the starter.

          • kalvin

            Terrible how you forget they averaged less ppg with tebow. D didn’t bail him out. D won inspite of him

  • JerseyPatriot

    Mario Manningham? Yes, he caught a beauty of a pass in the Super Bowl, but I wouldn’t put him in a clutch category of wide receivers. His former teammate Hakeem Nicks had 28 receptions in the 2011 playoffs, 15 more than Manningham, including ten in Super Bowl XLVI. As strange as it is to see Tebow up there with the best quarterbacks in football, he did produce seven fourth-quarter comebacks in 2011, which certainly made him clutch.

    • 49ersfan1

      and alex smith had about the same amount of comebacks.

  • smsixx

    Hmmmm…Matt Stafford led the Lions to 5 come from behind victories last season…Two of which were more then 20 point 2nd half deficits…not clutch huh?
    I dont even know why I care…Its a useless trait that has zero effect in the game.

    • Jimmy Kraft

      I’m sure you would care if Stafford received the clutch trait…

    • kalvin

      Yeah, throw a jump ball to the best WR to play in 10 years, repeat as necessary. Is so clutch. Stafford is a joke. That’s why the buccaneers have won the ncf central more recently than the lions have won the nfc north/central. Pathetic! !! Lol

  • yo

    alex smith had what 6 4th quarter comebacks? including the one against the saints

  • Malcolm James II

    Good list but how is Vernon Davis not a clutch player?!! Seriously…He might have been the most clutch player at the end of last season..

  • http://www.facebook.com/poepoe29 Ryan Poe

    maybe its just me, but i think that Sebastian Janikowski, the kicker for the Oakland Raiders, should be clutch. He holds multiple records, such as longest field goal(63 yards) Longest overtime field goal (57 yards) most field goals in a single quarter (4) and most 50 yard field goals in a single game (3) I say thats pretty impressive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Phohua Joshua Miles

      tho he is tied for the longest field goal with 2 other people(Elem,
      Dempsey) i would agree, but im a raider fan :P

    • Kid Fleetfoot

      In which case, then Jason Hansen?

  • 40oz9mm

    Wheres Vernon Davis & Alex smith? No need to explain

    • 49ersfan1

      ikr

  • http://twitter.com/ragingpdm ragingpdm

    No V-Cru for WR..horrible

  • VicksDogDaycare

    Joe Flacco must have been the last one to have missed the cut… Maybe by the end of the year.

  • x2tall

    I wonder if Skip Bayless tweets about the “clutch gene” in Madden 13 in Connected Careers lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roberteugio Rob Eugene

    I will care when rating matter in madden. Until then I will continue to adjust the cosmetic sliders.

  • ChicagoBearsinCA

    Peyton Manning clutch? I didn’t think choking in the postseason and a 9-10 postseason record makes you clutch?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.breese Joseph Baresi Breese

      Couldn’t agree more ! Great player, but his only downfall is his performance in the clutch.

  • 49ersfan1

    no alex smith, no david akers, and vernon davis? just saying no need for smith haters to hate.. just stfu

    • Mason Drews

      Love you fake Niners fans who’ve thrown Alex under the bus and sided with everyone else that he’s a bust. Now you’re all over his jock calling a game manager a clutch QB HAHA

      • 49ersfan1

        fake niners fans?

  • 49ersfan1

    hey isnt there a patch coming out on the first day of madden or something.. idk cuz i just bought the game..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.breese Joseph Baresi Breese

    Everyone just complains when their players aren’t on here, smh.. Just take the ratings for what they are.. Don’t make crazy points like “Alex Smith”

  • Mr. MLG

    Why are we promoting this abomination of a game! How do
    I boycott EA?!?!? No Franchise mode where I can control
    all teams equals a crappy, CRAPPY game!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronnie.s.mexico Ronnie Sinclare Mexico

    Tony G. The hall of fame te is not clutch ?

  • josh

    man i still dont understand this clutch factor… i coulda swore that Cundiff would get it

  • Crimson
  • giants

    Giants D line (specifically Tuck) should be on here. How many times does Eli lead the team down the field to score under 2 min and then the d line goes crazy. Both Superbowls, the dolphins game, cardinals game, jets game, etc

  • Skimydia

    Madden really needs to step up their game.

    Ben Tate is a 71 with Justin Forsett being a 78. This is only one debacle made by the game makers but there are plenty more to be seen. Tate should without a doubt be the highest rated back up RB and probably ahead of RBs from AZ, DET, IND, WASH.
    The new motion engine is cool, but a little too sensitive at times.
    Freaking Gameflow needs to DIE!!! Isn’t it the same damn things as Ask Madden? Kill it and use that manpower/comp technology to make the game better.
    The passing game is awesome, but again still a little sensitive.
    NO FANTASY DRAFT??? are you freaking kidding me?? prob one of the coolest features of every single madden was this and they took it out? MENTAL DEBACLE!! someone may have to lose their job for that call.
    the game is way too over thought. i understand trying to widen the market but lets be real, anyone who likes football will buy madden and has since it came out. swing the pendulum a little bit more to the real football peoples way a little more.
    auto anything is lame. does COD have an auto anything? get real.
    more sport oriented people, less brainiacs. play the game at some level before you do anything other than graphics
    career center is lame. OF COURSE WE CAN BEAT JERRY RICE AND EMMITT SMITH’S LEGACY ITS A DAMN VIDEO GAME!!!!!! ILL THROW 5 TDs A GAME TO RICE AND IN 2 1/2 SEASONS HOLD ALL THE RECORDS!! onto the next idea.
    FANTASY DRAFT!!!!
    go back to Madden 12s menu interface. no one liked this interface on NBA 2K12 either…. copy cats
    PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT F UP NHL13 LIKE THEY DID MADDEN!!!!!!!!
    Donnie, shoot me an email and let’s salvage what we can.
    and big ben is not clutch

    • kalvin

      Every one will buy madden. Wrong. This ks the first ive bought in years, only idiots buy garbage year after year and then complain about it. Big ben isn’t clutch? Super Bowl must come on past your bed time

  • BombasticNevin

    I hate how there’s no D-Lineman category for being clutch. Fact is Justin Smith is one of those guys that is the defiition of clutch (hawked and stripped Jeremy Maclin on game vs. Eagles, batted down final pass in Giants vs Niners regular season game, not tomention his amazing pressure on Drew Brees in the playoffs).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tee-Ess/100001499558897 Tee Ess

      Also, JPP in Dallas game. Nuff said.

  • jon

    d-lineman can’t be clutch? i’m a cowboys fan and i think JPP is one of the most clutch players in the league

  • Katsumuro

    Vernon Davis not being labeled as clutch is a sham.

  • SKIMYDIA

    MADDEN BLOWS!!!! HAHA PASTA PADRE DELETED ALL MY COMMENTS BECAUSE I SPEAK THE TRUTH!! WHERE’S THE CHECK EA CUT YOU TO HYPE THE GAME UP??? FUCKIN SELL OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT EAT SHIT PASTA

  • http://twitter.com/NuKingEgoRa Ego-Ra

    Phillip Rivers is clutch on my CCM is it dynamic? Maybe a mistake..

  • Spartacus

    Cecil Shorts III should be added to this list. 2 big time catches in the last second/minutes of the game. One was a game winner.

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