1. Seattle Seahawks 24 vs. New England Patriots 28 (Super Bowl XLIX) (100/100)
This was definitely one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory. Although things didn’t start out with a bang, the excitement quickly escalated after a slow 1st quarter in which neither team scored. The Seahawks punted to the Pats to begin the 2nd quarter, and their drive ended in a Tom Brady TD pass to Brandon LaFell. But the Seahawks answered right back with a TD of their own. This tied things up at 7-7, but both teams would manage to score one more TD before the end of the half. The Seahawks would score on their 1st two drives of the 2nd half and take a 24-14 lead. But that was the last time the Seahawks scored. The Patriots would score a TD with 8:00 left in the 4th, and another with 2:06 left to take home the title.
2. Seattle Seahawks 28 vs. Green Bay Packers 22 Final/OT (NFC Championship) (100/100)
Not only was this one of the most important games of the season, but it also featured a wild comeback and finish. The Packers led 13-0 after the 1st thanks to two FG’s by and a TD pass by Aaron Rodgers. Things didn’t get any better in the 2nd quarter for the Seahawks, as the Packers took a 16-0 lead into halftime. But Seattle scored a TD with just under 5:00 left in the 3rd to cut the lead to 16-7. This score held until Crosby made another FG with 10:58 left, giving Green Bay a 19-7 lead. Seattle scored a TD with 2:13 to cut the lead to 19-14, and then recovered an onside kick. This set up a 24-yard Marshawn Lynch TD run, and the game-tying 2-point conversion. Seattle would win in OT on a Russell Wilson TD pass to Jermaine Kearse.
3. New England Patriots 35 vs. Baltimore Ravens 31 (AFC Divisional Round) (100/100)
This has become somewhat of a rivalry in recent years, and both teams had their season on the line in this game. The Ravens scored touchdowns on their 1st two drives to go up 14-0, but the Patriots answered with a TD to cut the lead in half. This score held until there was 3:57 left in the 3rd, when the Pats scored on Tom Brady TD pass. The Ravens answered before the half though, scoring another TD to take a 21-14 lead. Baltimore extended this lead by scoring a TD on their 1st drive of the 2nd half. But New England scored TD’s on their next two drives to tie things at 28. The Ravens scored a FG to start the 4th quarter.
4. Cincinnati Bengals 37 vs. Carolina Panthers 37 Final/OT (Week 6) (100/100)
This was the most exciting regular season game of 2014/2015. The Panthers led 7-0 after the 1st quarter, but the Bengals scored two TD’s in the 1st 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter. Both teams would trade FG’s to end the 2nd quarter, giving the Bengals a 17-10 lead at halftime. Carolina scored TD’s on their 1st two drives of the 2nd half, giving them a 24-17 lead. This score stood into the 4th quarter, until an Andy Dalton TD pass tied things up with 11:46 left. Both teams then scored TD’s on their next drive, tying the game again at 31-31. Mike Nugent hit a 38-yard FG with 2:11 left to give the Bengals the lead, but Graham Gano hit a FG as time expired to send things into OT. Both kickers made another FG in OT, which ended things in a 37-37 tie.
5. San Francisco 49ers 35 vs. San Diego Chargers 38 Final/OT (Week 16) (100/100)
Although the Chargers didn’t make the playoffs, this late-season comeback win kept their hopes alive. The 49ers led 28-7 at halftime thanks to a huge 2nd quarter in which they scored 3 TD’s. This huge lead would stand until there was 5:49 left in the 3rd quarter, when Philip Rivers threw a TD pass to Antonio Gates to make things 28-14. The Chargers would score a TD on their next drive as well, cutting the lead to 7. San Francisco scored their only points of the 2nd half on their next drive, which gave them a 35-21 lead heading into the 4th quarter. San Diego scored a TD with 5:21 left, and another with just 32 seconds left to send things into OT. The Chargers won in OT on a game-winning winning FG by Nick Novak.
6. Dallas Cowboys 17 vs. Washington Redskins 20 Final/OT (Week 8) (100/100)
Cowboys vs. Redskins is one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL, and this was the most exciting Monday Night Football game of the season. The Redskins scored first on a FG by Kai Forbath with 9:51 left in the 1st quarter, the only points of the 1st quarter. Dallas answered with a TD in the 2nd quarter, the only points of the 2nd quarter. Washington started the 2nd half with a TD, giving them a 10-7 lead. But Dan Bailey hit a 21 yard FG for the Cowboys with 4:07 left in the 3rd to tie it up. This score held until the Redskins scored a TD with 13:44 left. Dallas would come back with a TD on the next drive, tying the game again. Neither team was able to score the rest of regulation, but Forbath made a game-winning FG in OT to win it for the Redskins.
7. Atlanta Falcons 37 vs. New Orleans Saints 34 F/OT (Week 1) (100/100)
This was the most exciting game of the highly anticipated 1st week of the regular season. These teams are NFC South rivals, and this meeting was a shootout. But there weren’t many fireworks in the 1st quarter. The Saints took a 6-0 lead into the 2nd, and each team scored on both of their possessions in the quarter. New Orleans led 20-10 at halftime, and didn’t look like they could be stopped. However, the Falcons won the 3rd quarter 14-0 thanks to 2 TD passes from Matt Ryan. This gave Atlanta a 24-20 lead heading into the 4th. New Orleans scored 2 TD’s in the 4th and forced Atlanta K Matt Bryant to make a FG with :04 seconds to send things into OT. But Bryant would be the hero again in OT, hitting a 52 yard FG to win it for the Falcons.
8. Green Bay Packers 43 vs. Atlanta Falcons 37 (Week 14) (100/100)
The Packers went 9-0 at home last season, but this was their biggest test. The Falcons came into the game with a 5-7 record, and nearly pulled off a huge upset in this shootout. Not only that, but they almost came back from a 24 point deficit. The Packers took a 31-7 lead into halftime, thanks in large part to the efforts of RB Eddie Lacy. However, the 2nd half was a completely different story. Atlanta scored 17 of the next 20 points, to cut the lead to 10. Green Bay and Atlanta would then trade TD’s, making the score 40-30. The Packers scored next on a FG from Crosby, but the Falcons answered with a TD. This made the score 43-37 with 2:15 left. Atlanta tried an onside kick, but Green Bay recovered it and ran out the clock for the win.
9. San Diego Chargers 20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 23 (Week 7) (99/100)
This was the most exciting AFC West matchup of the season. San Diego led 7-0 after the 1st quarter after Philip Rivers tossed a TD on their 2nd drive. But the Chiefs scored on the 1st play of the 2nd quarter to even things up at 7-7. The Chargers then went 4 and out, and the Chiefs answered with a FG to take the lead. However, KC scored a TD on their last drive of the 1st half to give them a 14-10 lead at halftime. KC kept the momentum rolling in the 2nd half with a FG on their 1st drive and a TD on their 2nd drive. SD responded with FG’s on their 1st two drives of the 4th quarter to tie things at 20-20, but gave KC too much time. Alex Smith drove the Chiefs down the field and Cairo Santos made a game-winning FG for KC with 26 seconds left.
10. New York Giants 28 vs. Dallas Cowboys 31 (Week 12) (98/100)
This a great NFC East rivalry, and this game also featured a big comeback by the road team. The Giants scored a TD on their 1st drive, and the Cowboys made a FG on their 2nd drive to make the score 7-3 after the 1st quarter. The first 3 drives of the 2nd quarter all ended in a TD, but neither team would score on their last two possessions of the half. New York took a 21-10 lead into halftime. However, Dallas won the 3rd quarter 14-0 and held a 24-21 lead going into the 4th quarter. Neither team scored on their 1st drive of the 4th quarter, but the Giants scored a TD on their 2nd drive of the 4th. This put Dallas in a tough spot (down 4 with 3:06 to go), but Tony Romo brought the Cowboys down the field and threw a TD pass with 1:11 left to win it.