At NFL Films, making a production or a highlight reel of a matchup means going beyond what happens just on the gridiron and capturing the moments that take place outside the sphere of the game itself. We want to give you an understanding of the game that you might not have received while watching it on television or even from the stands. As such, some of the best shots of the week we’ve chosen to appear here are not of in-game action. They remain, however, just as telling in terms of the meaning of the game and its repercussions. Here’s the list, in order of their appearance:
1. Witness a moment of pure ecstasy for Bills fans, something Buffalonians have been lacking in greatly for the better part of the last two decades. Stevie Johnson has just scored his last second, game-winning touchdown to lift the Bills over the Panthers, 24-23.
2. This clip is so visually descriptive that it doesn’t even need commentary – I’m going to give some anyway. In this shot, two behemoths of the sport, leviathans of the game, giants of football (see where I’m going with this?) come together to congratulate each other’s efforts after the final whistle.
3. Watch Calvin Johnson haul in an arcing pass from Matthew Stafford to give the Lions the lead, 14-10, over the Cardinals with less than 2 minutes to go in the first half.
4. Watch in the pouring rain as Geno Smith progresses through his reads, eventually honing in on Santonio Holmes and firing a 14-yard strike to the sideline.
5. Chip Kelly’s fast-paced, no-huddle, read-option attack has been the talk of the NFL during the first two weeks of the season. You can see here the dangers of taking even one play off against the rapid and multi-faceted offense of the Eagles.
Take a look: