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Madden NFL 12 Releases Its 36 “Clutch Players”

Andre Johnson Is Clutch

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.

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.

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Top 5 QB’s in Madden NFL 12

ESPN’s Gamer Blog, in partnership with SportsNation, is counting down the Top 5 players in “Madden NFL 12” at various positions, from the best quarterbacks in the game to the top hitting linebackers.

So just who are the best players in “Madden” this year? We kick things off with the guys who get all the glory (not to mention, the supermodels), taking a look at which quarterbacks received the highest overall ratings in the game. Let the debate begin.

Tom Brady tops the list of "Madden" quarterbacks with a 99 overall rating.

Tom Brady: 99 overall

Tom Brady is the only quarterback to score a 99 overall this year, also boasting 98 awareness, 95 throwing power, 97 accuracy, 99 stamina, 95 toughness, 98 throwing accuracy short, 96 throwing accuracy middle, and 89 throwing accuracy deep. His only weakness? That 58 speed and 57 acceleration will make it near impossible to avoid the virtual sack.

Peyton Manning still has the virtual arm to get it done in the clutch.

Peyton Manning: 98 overall

Peyton Manning falls just short of Brady in almost all categories, scoring a 94 throwing power, 96 throwing accuracy, 96 throwing accuracy short, 92 throwing accuracy middle, and 86 throwing accuracy deep. Where Manning beats Brady is in awareness (99) and foot speed (60 speed). I’d pay to see that race. Continue reading Top 5 QB’s in Madden NFL 12