Excitement, tension, pressure … all the emotions of a close NFL game. Is there anything better? Let’s take a look back at the closest games so far this NFL season.
Week 1: Jets 27, Cowboys 24
After watching Dallas move the ball with ease for most of the game, New York roared back in the fourth quarter. Darrelle Revis' interception with less than a minute remaining set up the Jets for the winning field goal with 27 seconds left.
Week 1: Packers 42, Saints 34
What better way to start a season? The defending champs put on an offensive display in the 2011 opener, but it was the Packers defense that came up huge, stuffing Mark Ingram short of the goal line on the last play of game.
Week 2: Bills 38, Raiders 35
This was a tale of two games. First, Buffalo got into a big hole against Oakland in the first half. Second, the Bills battled back like men and scored 35 points in the second half, capped by Ryan Fitzpatrick's 6-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson with 14 seconds left.
Week 2: Redskins 22, Cardinals 21
Wasn't it nice when all eyes were on Washington to start the season? Rex Grossman was great! He threw two picks in this game, but directed a game-winning drive and let his defense force a Chansi Stuckey fumble to clinch the close win with less than two minutes remaining.
Week 2: Cowboys 27, 49ers 24 (OT)
This game was famous for making Jesse Holley a household name for about 15 minutes. The little-known wideout came up with a 77-yard catch-and-run from a battered Tony Romo, setting up Dallas for the game-winning FG from Nick Folk.
Week 3: Bills 34, Patriots 31
What a shocker. Not because upstart Buffalo took down the powerful Patriots, but that the Bills picked off QB Tom Brady four times. Ryan Fitzpatrick (he went to Harvard!) led the B-Men on a winning march that was capped by Rian Lindell's field goal as time expired.
Week 3: Lions 26, Vikings 23 (OT)
How do you like them now? The Lions started raising eyebrows with this Week 3 triumph and Calvin Johnson pushed himself to the top of the NFL receiver pool as he pulled in seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns. A 40-yard reception from Johnson in the extra frame set up Detroit's winning kick.
Week 3: Chargers 20, Chiefs 17
AFC West matchups usually come down to the wire and this one was no different. Kansas City was driving with less than a minute remaining when a blitzing Eric Weddle picked off Matt Cassel's pass and secured the win.
Week 4: Lions 34, Cowboys 30
There's Calvin Johnson again! Catching a winning TD pass — again! This time, it was Detroit erasing a 24-point deficit in the third quarter and sending Dallas into bouts of depression when Megatron pulled in an offering from Matthew Stafford in the end zone with 1:39 remaining in the game. 4-0 start!
Week 4: Giants 31, Cardinals 27
No Cardinals lead is safe. Especially with the Giants' Eli Manning returning to the site of his Super Bowl triumph. New York battled back from a 10-point deficit with less than six minutes to go, and Hakeem came through in the 'Nicks' of time (get it?) with a 29-yard TD to push the G-Men to victory.
Week 4: Falcons 30, Seahawks 28
Is it too easy to blame the kicker? No, it's easy ... and fun! Kickers are there to wear lame facemasks and shoulder the criticism after a team fails to take advantage of every opportunity to win a game. Poor Steven Hauschka. All Seattle wanted was for him to hit a "simple" 61-yard field goal to win the game and he failed. Typical.
Week 4: 49ers 24, Eagles 23
The dream almost died in Philadelphia on this day as the Eagles blew a 20-point lead and let San Francisco ground and pound a victory. Frank Gore took center stage, punching in the winning touchdown from 12 yards out with three minutes left.
Week 5: Saints 30, Panthers 27
I hope Carolina rookie QB Cam Newton was taking notes. Drew Brees proved why he is a Super Bowl winning passer, directing a clinching drive that ended with a 6-yard scoring pass to Pierre Thomas with 55 ticks left on the clock. Now that's a finish right there.
Week 5: Raiders 25, Texans 20
This one was for Al. A day after owner Al Davis died, the Raiders went into Houston and proved their commitment to excellence. On the final play of the game, safety Michael Huff intercepted a pass from Matt Schaub in the end zone to preserve the victory. It doesn't have to be pretty. Just win, baby.
Week 6: Giants 27, Bills 24
Do it with defense. Corey Webster's interception off Ryan Fitzpatrick late in the fourth quarter was just what the G-Men ordered in this Week 6 thriller. A few plays later, New York had a field goal and a gutty win over Buffalo.
Week 6: Patriots 20, Cowboys 16
Is there anyone more clutch than Tom Brady? OK, besides Chuck Norris. The New England dreamboat came up with his 32nd successful comeback, this time hitting tight end Aaron Hernandez on an 8-yard touchdown pass with just 22 seconds left in the game. Always bet on Brady, folks. Always.
Week 6: 49ers 25, Lions 19
Who is Delanie Walker? Does it matter? All we know is he caught a 6-yard pass from Alex Smith and reached the end zone to give San Francisco the lead with 1:51 left in the game and handed Detroit its first loss. What a game. It's almost like we didn't want to see these teams stop battling. Good thing the coaches decided to pick it up for us afterwards.
Week 7: Broncos 18, Dolphins 15 (OT)
Tebow! Tebow! Tebow! After stinking up Sun Life Stadium for 55 minutes, the former Gators great put on a show for every Florida alum in the stands. He helped the Broncos tie the game with a two-point conversion run late in the game and watched as Matt Prater hit a 52-yard field goal in the extra period for the victory.
Week 7: Jets 27, Chargers 21
Who doesn't love a good comeback story? Plaxico Burress almost singlehandedly erased a big San Diego lead, catching three touchdown passes in the front of his home crowd as New York came up with a huge victory.
Week 8: Ravens 30, Cardinals 27
See? We told you no Cardinals lead was safe. This one was even worse as Arizona had a 24-6 advantage at halftime before letting Baltimore chip away and chip away. Ray Rice scored three touchdowns as the Ravens were finally able to quiet a hostile crowd (their own).
Week 8: Chiefs 23, Chargers 20 (OT)
OK, who is Andy Studebaker? Again, does it matter? He's the guy who recovered an inexplicable Philip Rivers fumble deep in Kansas City territory with less than a minute remaining. The Chiefs went on the win it in overtime.