Roddy White: Clutch Performance Proves Falcons Receiver Is Among NFL's Elite

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this reception against Haruki Nakamura #43 and Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers in the final seconds at Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After the emergence of Julio Jones last season, many thought that Roddy White would take a backseat to the young upstart moving forward. But after another clutch performance on Sunday, White proved he isn't just the best receiver on his own team—he's also one of the best in the NFL.

The Falcons wide receiver had another huge game by compiling 169 yards on eight catches, reaching the end zone twice in Atlanta's nail-biting 30-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

White broke the 100-yard mark for the second time this season and continues to help Matt Ryan and the Falcons' passing attack move up the rankings as one of the best in the NFL.

The most impressive thing about White's Week 4 performance was his clutch catch late in the fourth quarter that gave the Falcons an opportunity for the game-winning score.

With a little over one minute remaining in regulation and the Falcons on their own 1-yard line without a single timeout, Ryan stepped up and threw the ball deep, connecting with White for a huge 59-yard pass that put Atlanta in Carolina territory.

However, that explanation makes White's catch sound much easier than it actually was. The video of this great catch can be viewed below.

White was stuck between Panthers' cornerback Josh Norman and safety Haruki Nakamura, but was able to jump over both defenders and come away with the ball for what was easily the biggest play of the game.

Falcons' kicker Matt Bryant would complete the drive with a game-winning field goal.

There's no doubt White has put up the numbers in the past to put him in the conversation with the league's elite receivers, but his superhuman athleticism that was on full display when making the 40-yard catch helped prove that fact further.

The Falcons were in need of a big play and White answered the bell as a No. 1 receiver should.

Not many receivers in the NFL could make that catch, but White did. It was just another shining example of how White is in that special, exclusive class of receivers that are separated from the rest in the NFL.