Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Falcons Negate Elway with Own Mr. Clutch Chandler at His Best with Game on Line

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Falcons Negate Elway with Own Mr. Clutch Chandler at His Best with Game on Line

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- So, the Atlanta Falcons will be facing one of the greatest "clutch" quarterbacks in NFL history when they meet John Elway and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII next Sunday.

But the Falcons have a quarterback of their own who is starting to earn a reputation for clutch play.

Chris Chandler is drawing accolades near and far for his icy execution on the Falcons' tying and winning scoring drives in last Sunday's 30-27 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game.

Chandler earned NFL Offensive Player of the Week honors after completing 27-of-43 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns. But it was his performance in a 10-play, 71-yard drive to tie the game and then a 7-play, 70 yarder to set up the winning field goal that has drawn the most attention.

Asked whether he thinks the game has changed perceptions about him, Chandler revealed he still hasn't forgiven the media for dismissing him as a journeyman for so many years. …

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