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Plays that defined 2018: Home Games quarterfinals

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The quest to find a single play to define the season continues with the Home Game quarterfinals!

We’ve voted on a play to define each game, and now it’s time to crown one to define the season. We continue our bracket with the home games. Seeding was done based on the percentage of the vote each play received in their respective games (percentages were taken at the time of writing).

Remember the goal is to select a play that “defines” the narrative of the season rather than voting for a highlight or “best play.” It can be helpful to think of a one- or two-sentence story that describes the entire 2018 season and select plays that best match that narrative.

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Detroit Lions - Robert Foster touchdown (86%)

In a tight contest, sometimes the game is defined by the moment that creates the small separation needed to proclaim a victor. While it wasn’t a big day for Josh Allen or Robert Foster, this moment was a difference maker.

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Chicago Bears - Nathan Peterman pick-6 (52% of votes)

In a game where the Buffalo Bills had their opponent locked down in most key areas (aside from the score), the quickest way to lose was to hand the game over. This play is a good summary of how Buffalo did just that.

Poll

Which play better defines the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Allen to Foster TD
    (125 votes)
  • 33%
    Nathan Peterman pick-6
    (64 votes)
189 votes total Vote Now

Miami Dolphins - Kyle Williams’s reception (72%)

Everyone knew the game would include some love for the soon-to-retire Kyle Williams. But this play captured the dominant second half from the Bills that allowed them free reign to let Kyle go out in style.

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Tennessee Titans - Stephen Hauschka FG (53% of votes)

The first close game of the season came against the eerily similar Titans. A last-second Stephen Hauschka field goal perfectly captures the razor’s edge of the game.

Poll

Which play better captures the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Kyle Williams reception
    (161 votes)
  • 13%
    Stephen Hauschka field goal
    (26 votes)
187 votes total Vote Now

New England Patriots - Derek Anderson pick-6 (71% of votes)

The Bills remained astonishingly competitive for most of the game, but unraveled at the end. Voters felt this was captured best via Derek Anderson, who may have been more surprised than anyone to be starting a football game.

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Jacksonville Jaguars - Josh Allen 75-yard touchdown pass (55% of votes)

Buffalo pulled out a victory in a game that got ugly at times. Nowhere was this captured better than by the miracle pass from Josh Allen who looked to be swarmed.

Poll

Which play better defines the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Derek Anderson pick-6
    (18 votes)
  • 90%
    Josh Allen touchdown throw
    (164 votes)
182 votes total Vote Now

Los Angeles Chargers - Vontae Davis retires (63% of votes)

Being honest with y’all, I included this play as a joke. But it’s hard to argue that it doesn’t capture how terribly this game went off the rails.

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New York Jets - Andre Roberts’s 86-yard return (59%)

Special teams stood out in this game for many of the wrong reasons. The team earned their loss this week with mental errors and miscues. Nowhere was this clearer to voters than with this play.

Poll

Which play better defines the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Vontae Davis retires
    (112 votes)
  • 37%
    Andre Roberts’ big return
    (67 votes)
179 votes total Vote Now