Having won the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week award four times last season, Derek Carr was an obvious choice for the Clutch Performer of the Year. And that’s just what he received at the NFL Honors tonight in Houston.
Last season Carr made NFL history. He became the first ever NFL quarterback with five game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime in a season. He also set a franchise record with six fourth-quarter comeback/game-winning drive on the season.
He was named the Clutch Performer of the Week right out the gates of the season with a game-winning drive against the New Orleans Saints, leading Oakland to a 35-34 victory. After throwing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Seth Roberts with less than a minute left in the game, Carr then found WR Michael Crabtree for a two-point conversion to take the lead for good.
His second win came in Week 4 at Baltimore, leading Oakland to a 28-27 win. Carr led the Raiders on a 6-play, 66-yard drive in 1:24, culminating with a 23-yard, game-winning TD pass to WR Michael Crabtree.
His third win was combined with being named named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Air Player of the Week in a record-setting performance at Tampa Bay in Week 8, lifting the Raiders to a 30-24 win. In that game, Carr threw for a franchise-record 513 yards, including a 41-yard TD pass to WR Seth Roberts with 1:45 remaining in overtime, completing 40-of-59 passes with four TDs for a 117.4 passer rating.
His final win was in Week 12 vs. Carolina, leading the Raiders to a 35-32 comeback win. Carr led the Raiders back from an 8-point deficit in the fourth quarter, leading the Raiders on a 10-play, 75-yard drive in 4:49. He connected with TE Clive Walford on a 12-yard pass for the touchdown and WR Seth Roberts on the ensuing two-point conversion.
The Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year is decided by fan vote.