The National Football League today announced the eight finalists for the 2010 GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE YEAR. The “GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year” is the best moment or play of the year that represents determination and perseverance.
“As the official vehicle of the NFL, we share the ‘Never Say Never’ attitude that drives these players to make game changing moments,” said Craig Bierley, GMC Advertising and Sales Promotion Director. “We look forward to finding out who the most passionate fans in sports select for our ‘GMC Never Say Never Moment of the year’.”
Fans can vote for one of these eight moments on www.nfl.com/gmc through 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 27 to determine the 2010 GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE YEAR. One fan will be selected to win a 2011 GMC Sierra HD Denali.
The winner will be presented the 2010 GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE YEAR award during a press conference in North Texas, the site of Super Bowl XLV, on Wednesday, February 2.
The eight finalists were selected among 17 of the most memorable moments during the 2010 NFL season. Each week the NFL selected three nominees for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week in which the fans voted for the winner on NFL.com/GMC.
A closer look at the nominees:
Roddy White forces a fumble to give Falcons a second chance
Trailing 14-13, Atlanta Falcons QB MATT RYAN threw an interception with less than two minutes remaining in the game. But Atlanta received new life after WR RODDY WHITE hustled to force 49ers CB NATE CLEMENTS to fumble during the return. The Falcons recovered and restarted the drive at their own 7-yard line, allowing Ryan to lead Atlanta to a last-second field goal for its second straight dramatic win.
Jason Campbell comes off bench to lead Oakland to the win
Benched in Week 2, Oakland Raiders QB JASON CAMPBELL waited patiently for a second chance. He got it on Sunday when QB BRUCE GRADKOWSKI suffered an injury at the end of the first quarter. Campbell answered the call by leading two long touchdown drives, including the game-winner with less than four minutes to play, giving the Raiders their first victory over the Chargers since 2003.
Deion Branch sparks comeback win in return to New England
Nine-year veteran Deion Branch proved you can go home again. Traded by the rebuilding Seahawks back to the Patriots, Branch produced his best game in three years in a hard-fought 23-20 win over the visiting Ravens. Branch finished with 9 receptions for 98 yards, including a critical fourth-quarter touchdown catch, and almost looked like he had never left.
David Garrard’s prayer answered in miracle finish
With the game tied, 24-24, the Jacksonville Jaguars were down to one play, and only a miracle could prevent overtime. Jaguars QB DAVID GARRARD dialed up a Hail Mary pass, took the snap with three seconds left, heaved it from his own 45-yard line, and watched it bounce off a Houston defender and into the hands of WR Mike Thomas, giving the Jaguars a win and keeping their hopes alive in the AFC South.
Ryan Fitzpatrick directs Buffalo to largest comeback in 13 years
One week after their first victory, things looked bleak again for the Bills, who trailed on the road by 17 points at halftime. But Bills QB RYAN FITZPATRICK wasn’t ready to quit. Fitzpatrick threw three second-half touchdowns to WR STEVE JOHNSON, leading Buffalo to 35 unanswered points and a 49-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals for its biggest comeback win since 1997.
Troy Polamalu’s sack-fumble leads to a game-winning score
In a battle for first place in the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens led the Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-6, with just over three minutes remaining the fourth quarter. On second down, S TROY POLAMALU came off the edge and sacked Ravens QB JOE FLACCO, causing a fumble that was picked up by LB LA MARR WOODLEY and returned to the Ravens’ 9 yard-line. QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER then found RB ISAAC REDMAN for a 9-yard TD to give the Steelers the lead en route to a 13-10 victory.
DeSean Jackson seals Eagles’ miracle comeback
After trailing 31-10 to the New York Giants with 7:28 remaining, the Philadelphia Eagles fought back and tied the game, which seemed destined for overtime. But WR DeSEAN JACKSON would have none of it. Hobbled by a foot injury all week, Jackson returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game, giving the Eagles an improbable victory.
Tim Tebow leads Broncos’ comeback win
Broncos QB TIM TEBOW might have convinced some folks that he is cut out for the NFL, after all. The rookie quarterback overcame deficits of 17 points at halftime and 13 in the fourth quarter to lead Denver to a 24-23 win over the Houston Texans. In the fourth quarter, Tebow passed for a touchdown, then won the game with a 6-yard rushing score.
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