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Top 20 Best Games of the 2015-16 NFL Season

The 2015 NFL season was unlike most in recent memory. With many thrilling finishes, surprise teams, silly play-calls, and the annual officiating controversy issues, we had ourselves some of the mos

The 2015 NFL season was unlike most in recent memory.

With many thrilling finishes, surprise teams, silly play-calls, and the annual officiating controversy issues, we had ourselves some of the most entertaining NFL games in recent memory.

There were highlight-real catches, amazing comebacks, clutch performances, and everything a football fan could ask for.

In all honesty, I feel like my jaw dropped more this season than any other I had seen in NFL history. There were so many upsets and shocking endings to NFL regular season games.

The playoffs haven't even started yet, and we were incredibly lucky to be hyped up for them thanks to a bunch of entertaining games.

Of course, it was another year (just like 2014), where many hyped-up and primetime games turned out to be absolute blowouts.

Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football often didn't live up to the hype, but Monday Night Football was actually better than most years. (Personal opinion)

But those aren't the only games on the schedule. We were fortunate to have some very good morning and afternoon games that weren't aired in primetime. Most games on this list were ones we didn't even expect to be all of that exciting.

Well, the regular season has ended and now we look forward to the playoffs. It's always important to remember that the playoff teams don't get into the big dance without great regular season games.

Let's get at it now, shall we?

Here are the top 20 2015 NFL regular season games.

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20 Detroit at Seattle (Week 4)

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I don't know what it is, but anytime the Seahawks play on Monday Night Football at home, controversial finishes ensue.

The 13-10 final score doesn't sound exciting, but the end of the game does. The winless Detroit Lions appeared primed to upset the Seahawks, which few teams do at CenturyLink Field.

Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Johnson who was about to take it home for a touchdown, but Kam Chancellor hit the ball out JUST before Megatron crossed the goal line.

However, the ball was in Seattle's endzone, and they batted it away and out of bounds. The Lions should have gotten the ball back at the one, instead, Seattle got the ball and ran out the clock.

It was one of many mistakes officials would make this season, but hey, the finish was as thrilling as ever.

19 Carolina at Atlanta (Week 16)

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The Carolina Panthers appeared poised to become the first 16-0 team since the 2007 New England Patriots.

Carolina crushed Atlanta just two weeks before this one, so few people thought the Falcons had a chance to put this game away.

Well, Julio Jones torched Josh Norman, made the greatest touchdown catch of the season, and the Falcons defense forced a rare Cam Newton turnover to win, 20-13.

The finish was thrilling and the circumstances made it one of the best games at 2015.

18 Pittsburgh at San Diego (Week 5)

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The Pittsburgh Steelers would not have made the playoffs if they did not win this game with Michael Vick.

Vick, who likely won't start another game, did cap off what may be his last season in epic fashion.

Pittsburgh and San Diego were tied 10-all early in the fourth quarter. Philip Rivers hit Antonio Gates for an 11-yard touchdown to put his team up with 8:02 left in the game.

The Steelers didn't take too long to respond. Michael Vick hit Markus Wheaton for a 72-yard touchdown to tie the game.

With 2:56 left, Josh Lambo kicked a field goal that gave San Diego the lead. The game was in Vick's hands.

Vick made some incredible throws and led his team on a 12-play, 80-yard drive which ended on a gutsy play call.

Mike Tomlin showed a lot of gambles this season, and with enough time to run one more play, he called for Le'Veon Bell to line up in the wild-cat formation, take the direct snap and take it in.

Bell did that, but had he not scored, time would have ran out to kick a field goal to tie the game, but Bell powered his way in for the win.

A thrilling finish. The Steelers beat the Chargers who sure blew a lot of late leads this season.

17 Denver at Pittsburgh (Week 15)

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Sadly, we didn't get the hopeful Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger matchup. But fortunately for Steelers fans, it likely would have been a loss on their part if The Sheriff played.

The league's hottest offense took on the number one defense at Heinz Field, and it looked as though defense would prevail as usual.

Brock Osweiler was on cruise control, as the Broncos jumped out to a 27-10 lead and led by 14 at half-time.

That's when the Steelers' offense clicked. They outscored Denver 21-0 in the second half to win, with Roethlisberger throwing three touchdown passes.

Here's how the final six possessions went down: Osweiler interception, Steelers touchdown, Broncos turn it over on downs, Roethlisberger throws a pick with two minutes left, Broncos turn it over on down, Steelers run out the clock.

Antonio Brown lit up elite shutdown corner Chris Harris Jr., with 16 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns to further prove his status as the league's best wide receiver.

16 Pittsburgh at Seattle (Week 12)

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I'm not sure about you folks, but I was incredibly excited about this matchup between two teams that meet every four years.

Offense vs. Defense. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton against the Legion of Boom.

Of course, defense didn't win the game here. To sum it all up: 69 points. 974 total yards; 12-of-34 on third downs, and three touchdowns of 30-plus yards.

Big Ben had a great day in Seattle, which few quarterbacks do: 36 of 55 for 456 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Russell Wilson, not known for his offense, had 345 yards and five touchdowns. The game was put away with an 80-yard touchdown to Doug Baldwin to win 39-30. The turning point? This game was loaded with crazy plays and the teams traded touchdowns back-and-forth in the second half.

15 Philadelphia at New England (Week 13)

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This game wasn't what everyone expected to be at the start of the season in so many ways.

The Philadelphia Eagles offense was a mess, but Tom Brady didn't have a great game with an awful offensive line and no Rob Gronkowski or Julian Edelman.

However, we ended up with a game of the season. No Gronk, no problem. Brady's Patriots had a 14-0 lead.

The Eagles reeled off a shocking 35 straight points, Zach Ertz touchdown, and punt block touchdown.

Then came a 99-yard pick-six for Malcolm Jenkins. Then a Darren Sproles punt return touchdown. Then a Jordan Matthew touchdown.

Brady's Patriots recovered an onside kick to help them score 14 straight points to get within a touchdown. The fun didn't end.

The Eagles converted a huge third down to essentially ice it, but a fumble in the last minute gave Brady the ball with a minute left.

Three straight Patriots' drops by receivers ended the game, as Philly shocked the Patriots, 35-28.

Seriously, what a game.

14 Green Bay at Detroit (Week 13)

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No one could see this coming, but the Detroit Lions were about to season-sweep the Green Bay Packers.

With a 17-point halftime lead, the Lions were about to do the unthinkable. Sadly for them, it was Aaron Rodgers who did the unthinkable.

The Packers had lost after a failed lateral, but the Lions were called on a face-mask, giving Rodgers a chance for a Hail Mary.

He hit Richard Rodgers in the endzone and the Packers beat the Lions, 27-23. Just another glorious Packers moment and another heartbreak for the Lions.

13 New England at New York Giants (Week 10)

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The only storyline for this game appeared to be how much Eli Manning owned Tom Brady, beating him three straight times, including twice in the Super Bowl.

Well, this game was the same but different. Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown to give his team a 24-23 lead. Then, he threw an interception at the one-yard line.

The play was exactly like the one that gave the Pats' last year's Super Bowl, and Eli took advantage by (of course) giving his team a late lead against the Pats, 26-24.

With no timeouts, Brady led his team downfield as Stephen Gostkowski kicked a last-second field goal, and the Pats finally bet their kryptonite.

12 Baltimore at Cleveland (Week 12)

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The NFL is funny. This game appeared to be one of the most boring, with the Browns having a bad season and the Ravens being the NFL's most disappointing team of the season.

However, the finish itself gives this game great consideration and a spot on this list.

In a game where both offenses had 300-plus yards, the game came down to a last-second Browns field goal attempt.

No sir. The Ravens blocked it and Will Hill took it 64 yards to the house and the Ravens walked off with a win just like that.

I personally never saw a game decided by that, but I was able to say "Typical Cleveland Browns," when they blew it like that.

11 Detroit at San Diego (Week 1)

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What a fun game.

Two elite offenses took charge and gave us one of the most exciting games of the season.

In the second quarter, the Lions took a 21-3 lead when Eric Ebron caught a touchdown from Matthew Stafford. Danny Woodhead scored a touchdown to make it 21-10 at halftime.

After that, the Chargers scored 23 unanswered points, including two touchdowns from Rivers.

Theo Riddick got a late touchdown to make it closer, but the Chargers held on. Philip Rivers had 403 yards while Keenan Allen had a ridiculous 15 catches for 166 yards.

A great fireworks show with an epic comeback.

10 Dallas at New Orleans (Week 4)

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The 0-3 Saints needed a win while the Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys needed to get on a streak without their superstar quarterback.

Like many games on this list, the game didn't pick up until the fourth quarter, tied 13 all after three quarters.

Khiry Robinson's touchdown gave the Saints a lead midway through the fourth quarter. Terrance Williams caught a 17-yard touchdown from Brandon Weeden with 1:51 left.

Zach Hocker missed a game-winning field goal from 30 yards out for the Saints that forced overtime.

That's okay, it took two plays for the Saints to get a walkoff touchdown, courtesy of an 80-yard pass from Drew Brees to C.J. Spiller.

NBC couldn't have been pleased at first that they got this matchup without Romo playing, but the game was a real thriller.

9 Seattle at St. Louis (Week 1)

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It was fitting that after losing Super Bowl XLIX by throwing it at the one yard line, the Seahawks would lose to the Rams in overtime by rushing it on fourth-and-one.

Seattle travelled to their house of horrors and faced the stingy Rams' defense, but this game was all offense.

The game was tied 10-10 at half, but the lights and party started in the third. You see, the Rams led 24-13 after three, thanks to Tavon Austin's 75-yard punt return touchdown.

A Jimmy Graham touchdown and Steven Hauschka field goal tied it all up. Cary Williams then scooped up a Nick Foles fumble for a touchdown with 4:39 left.

Foles' magic just started. He hit Lance Kendricks for a 37-yard touchdown in the final minute to force overtime.

St. Louis kicked a field goal in overtime, meeting Seattle HAD to score to keep it going, and that's where they failed on fourth and one, with Marshawn Lynch getting stuffed.

It was only fitting to lose that way.

8 Carolina at Seattle (Week 6)

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Super Cam Newton just couldn't get past the Seattle Seahawks, who had beaten him four times in three years, including a clobbering in the Pacific Northwest during last year's playoffs.

Newton had enough. With 3:55 to go, Jonathan Stewart scored a touchdown to trim Seattle's lead to 23-20.

With 32 seconds left, Newton found Greg Olsen in the endzone to give Carolina a 27-23 victory.

Newton put a stamp on his red hot performance by taking down the Almighty home team.

7 New York Giants at Dallas (Week 1)

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Every Giants fans will ask themselves why this happened as it set the tone for their season.

Despite three Cowboy turnovers, the Cowboys rallied to win. The Giants were at the Cowboys goal line, up 23-20. But did the most dumbest things ever.

First off, Eli Manning handed it off but told his running backs not to score. Then on third down, the Giants did a throwing play despite Dallas being out of timeouts, stopping the clock and giving Tony Romo over a minute to march down field, down by six.

He hit Jason Witten in the endzone in the final seconds, and Dallas won 27-26. No one has a clue why the Giants didn't do one of two logical things. But they sure wish they had it back.

6  6. San Diego at Denver (Week 17)

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This game will forever be remembered as to when Peyton Manning came off the bench and led his team to victory.

You see, the Broncos could have been a number five seed or even the top seed in the AFC.

The second half had four lead changes. Antonio Gates put the Chargers up 13-7 in the third. That's where Manning came in and C.J. Anderson scored a touchdown on that drive to put the Broncos up.

Denver led 17-13 before Tyrell Williams' first career catch was a wide open 80-yard touchdown to give the Chargers the lead.

Brandon McManus' 35-yard field goal tied things up. Philip Rivers then through an interception late, and Ronnie Hillman's 23-yard touchdown gave the Broncos a 27-20 lead late in the game.

The Chargers turned the ball over on downs in Denver territory and the Broncos ran out the clock.

This game was thrilling. It had playoff implications and Manning helped his team win after starting on the bench.

5 Seattle at Cincinnati (Week 5)

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Anyone that wants to criticize Andy Dalton had to eat some of their words when he led the Bengals to an incredible comeback win against the Seattle Seahawks.

Trailing 24-7 after three quarters, Dalton threw a touchdown to Tyler Eifert and then ran one in to make it 24-21.

Dalton went on two clutch drives: Mike Nugent made a last-second field goal to force overtime.

Seattle punted twice in overtime while the Bengals punted once, until the Bengals went on a 33-yard drive to win in overtime off a Nugent field goal.

The Red Rifle, a notorious playoff disappointment, led a huge comeback against the league's most dangerous secondary. What more could you ask for?

4 Carolina at New York Giants (Week 15)

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This game was fun.

Prior to having their perfect season spoiled by Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers went 14-0 thanks to a whacky finish at the Meadowlands.

The Panthers cruised to a 35-14 lead in the third quarter. With Cam Newton facing the league's worst defense and Carolina having an incredibly stingy defense, the game appeared over.

Except, it wasn't. Rashad Jennings had a 38-yard touchdown with Shane Vereen and Odell Beckham Jr. reeling.

Beckham and Josh Norman got into a heated controversy that resulted in a Beckham suspension, so there were plenty of fiery emotions out there.

Newton then answered back, setting up a last-second Graham Gano field goal to move Carolina to 14-0.

3 Denver at Kansas City (Week 2)

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Sadly for Chiefs fans, this game basically cost them the top seed in the AFC while giving it to the Broncos.

Seriously, this game was phenomenal. In the second quarter, a 35-yard Jamaal Charles touchdown and 55-yard pick-six from Marcus Peters put the Chiefs up, 14-0.

Emmanuel Sanders and Virgil Green scored touchdowns to tie the game. The two teams traded field goals and were tied at 17 going into the fourth, where chaos ensued.

Here's what happened: Alex Smith throws an interception in the red zone with 6:40 left. Denver punts. Chiefs get the ball back, and Knile Davis scores a touchdown with 2:27 left.

Despite many poor throws, Manning clutches up, leads the Broncos on a 10-play, 80-yard drive and hits Emmanuel Sanders in the endzone to tie things up.

Then, in one of the craziest finishes of the season, the Chiefs call a running play, but Charles fumbled the ball.

Bradley Roby scooped it up and took it 21 yards home for the touchdown, and the Broncos would escape Arrowhead with a thrilling 31-24 victory.

The Chiefs turned it over five times, but was this game was a thriller.

2 New England at Denver (Week 12)

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The legend of Brock Osweiler remains to be determined, but he showed he's ready for primetime with a statement win.

With his Broncos trailing the New England Patriots 21-7 in the fourth quarter, Osweiler rallied his team to score 17 fourth-quarter points, including an incredibly clutch two-minute drive to put his team ahead.

With almost no receivers left, Tom Brady amazingly got Stephen Gostkowski in field goal range to kick three points in the Mile High Snow to force overtime.

Von Miller sacked Brady, and C.J. Anderson ended the Pats' perfect season dreams with a 48-yard walk-off touchdown.

Considering the whole country was watching this on Sunday Night Football, this game had it all.

As we all know, this game gave the Broncos the top seed in the AFC, giving them the tiebreaker over the Patriots.

What a game.

1 New York Giants at New Orleans (Week 8)

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When 101 points are scored, one quarterback throws for 505 yards and SEVEN touchdowns, and there's a ridiculous 1,024 yards of offense...

Well then, you have a ridiculously good football game. Even though the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints missed the playoffs by miles, they still gave us the top game of the 2015 regular season.

Drew Brees tied a record with seven touchdowns in a game and had 505 yards. Eli Manning had 350 yards and six touchdowns.

There were so many touchdowns, but to recap this easier, the Saints led 42-28 after three quarters, thanks to scores from Brandin Cooks and Benjamin Watson.

Dwayne Harris recorded two touchdowns to tie the game up for the Giants before a crazy 63-yard Trumaine McBride pick-six gave New York the lead with 7:11 left.

C.J. Spiller caught a touchdown pass with 36 seconds left to tie the game up, but oddly enough, the Saints ended up having time to take the lead.

The Giants punted with five seconds left, but a silly face mask penalty moved the ball to their own 32.

Kai Forbath made 50-yarder to put a stamp on the most awesome game of 2015 that featured absolutely nothing but offense.

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