5 NFL Backups Absolutely Rising to the Occasion Down the Home Stretch

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5 NFL Backups Absolutely Rising to the Occasion Down the Home Stretch
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At it's core, football is about the 11 men on the starting lineup who ultimately decide the final outcome. Despite this, even these 11 men need help at times.

In a game as physically demanding as football, a team's backups are as important as the starters, perhaps even more so. Take a cursory glance at any good team and you will find a deep bench capable of taking the game into their hands and winning.

Whether it be the spunky quarterback coming off the bench cold when the star quarterback is hurt, or the defensive lineman who relieve the stars for a spell, good backups can be the difference between a good team and a great team.

Here's a look at five reserves who have proven themselves to be as important to the success of their teams down the stretch as any starter in the league.

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