QB Kellen Clemens - Free Agent
|6-2, 218||Born: 6-6-1983||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 2, pick 49 (2006)|
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (5 / 5 / 33 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Clemens came on in relief of Rivers when the outcome of the game was firmly in-hand. Despite being up by multiple scores, he actually attempted five fourth quarter passes, completing all of them (all for short yardage, with a long gain of just ten yards).
2017 Week 14 vs WAS (1 / 3 / 3 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Clemens came on in relief of Philip Rivers with the Chargers leading 30-6 and eleven plus minutes remaining. Clemens only threw three passes, all in the direction of rookie Mike Williams. One was completed for a short gain, and the other two weren't even close to the target. One of the passes was so high that Williams tried in vain to reach out with one hand, and inadvertently ended up deflecting it into the waiting arms of a defender. It was returned 96 yards the other way for a Washington touchdown.
2015 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 6 / 63 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Clemens replaced starter Philip Rivers with a little over eight minutes left to play, and the game all but over. Rivers had been getting knocked around, but he didn't exit the game due to injury but rather due to the score. Clemens took advantage of an extremely soft Minnesota defense to lead the Chargers downfield on a touchdown drive. He found Keenan Allen on a deep slant, putting the ball in a tight spot for the score.
2014 Week 9 vs MIA (1 / 3 / 10 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Clemens came on late in the game partly because starter Philip Rivers was banged-up, but mostly because the score was 37-0 Dolphins. Much like Rivers before him, Clemens never really had a chance. His first pass was off his back foot because the pass rush was so intense (though he did complete it to TE Antonio Gates) and then another drive was capped off by the Dolphins pass rush basically swallowing him whole.
2013 Week 7 vs CAR (2 / 4 / 19 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Clemens threw a couple short passes, overthrew Chris Givens on a deep ball, and fumbled the ball twice in his two series of work. Clemens seems to have a decent arm, but hasn't played a lot in his . Because we haven't seen a lot of Clemens, it's going to be tough to give a good feel for what this offense is going to look like with him at the helm. He's an 8-year backup, but he's only played a few games in his career. In 2011, Clemens did get three starts at the end of the season when Bradford went down with an injury. He played pretty poorly in those games, as the Rams lost each one and didn't mount much of an offensive threat. The schedule looks brutal for Clemens, and the rest of 2013 is unlikely to be much different than what Clemens faced in 2011.
2013 Week 8 vs SEA (15 / 31 / 158 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Kellen Clemens has been a backup for a long time. At times when that happens, the player will get so used to not playing that he looks as bad as a rookie when he finally hits the field. This happened to Clemens on Monday night when he entered the game against perhaps the best defense in football. In the first half, Clemens had happy feet, was dancing, and was throwing the ball way too high, leading to perhaps the worst half of football I've seen by a QB. He actually was getting pretty decent protection, and had some time to make throws. But in the first half, most of his completions were short sideline routes. He did have one rollout where he threw it over the defenders head to Pettis for a 26 yard gain. In the rest of the first half, he was truly horrible. He threw two horrendous interceptions, both of them just floaters that sailed over the receivers heads right to the DB. However, as he got into the game and got settled down, he did a bit better in the second half. The coaches focused on the running game, and Clemens made a few big 3rd down conversions. He started using the middle of the field, hitting Cook and Tavon with a few decent gains, and at least was able to get a few field goals. On the final drive, he took the Rams 96 yards down to the 1 yard line. He hits Givens across the middle for 21, nailed Kendricks on playaction, and let his running backs help him out as well. However, on the final play of the game, he threw a fade route to Brian Quick that fell incomplete, ending the game. Clemens is obviously not a great QB, but he will have better days as the defenses get a bit easier. He should have the ability to at least manage the short passing game. He wasn't able to get anything going deep downfield though, and if he can't force opponents to respect the deep part of the field, then the Rams offense is in trouble.
2013 Week 9 vs TEN (20 / 35 / 210 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
The Rams were left with Clemens as their QB for the remainder of 2013 when Bradford was put on IR. But fortunately for Clemens, he has something Bradford never had when he played. A dominant running game. With Zac Stacy chewing up yards, Clemens could play the part of game manager, and keep the Rams in the ballgame. For the majority of the game, that's what Clemens did. He kept it short, moved the chains, and handed off to Stacy 27 times. As was mentioned a few weeks ago, Clemens has in the past utilized the running back out of the backfield, and he certainly did so against the Titans, throwing Stacy the ball 6 times. Clemens was at his best on a game-tying drive late in the fourth. After Stacy had put the team on his back with a couple monstrous runs, Clemens anticipated a Jared Cook opening, and threw it between three defenders into the endzone for his only TD of the day. However, Clemens then made his worst mistake of the day on the next drive, one that lost the game for his team. While the Rams were backed up deep in their own territory, Clemens fumbled the ball after getting sacked. The Titans scored the go-ahead TD on the next play. Then Clemens had two chances to try and tie the game, but in obvious passing situations, he struggled greatly. His inability to push the ball deep downfield in this game will likely begin to harm the running game and the overall offense in future weeks. For now, the receiving talent on this offense is being wasted on short underneath running routes, because Clemens lacks the ability to connect consistently on the deep ball.
2013 Week 10 vs IND (9 / 16 / 247 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
Clemens only threw 16 passes in this blowout victory. He started out the game under heavy pressure, getting sacked by Mathis twice early on. Clemens seemed to focus on Chris Givens early on, hitting him on crossing routes across the middle of the field. Both routes went for big gains, and the second pass to Givens was a long play that ended at the 2 yard line. Clemens got most of his yards on two plays, long TD's to Tavon Austin. On the first TD, Clemens delivered a very nice deep ball right to Tavon, and Austin went untouched for a TD. The second TD was on a crossing route, and Clemens delivered a strike to Tavon, who then turned upfield and smoked the defense for a long 80+ yard TD. Clemens has been doing an excellent job of managing the game, and that's what he did in this one. Jeff Fisher is clearly trying to rely on Stacy and his defense to win games. Clemens is doing an excellent job of managing things, not turning the ball over, and not taking chances. That being said, Clemens isn't shying away from making plays. On two occasions, he scrambled out of the pocket and hit open receivers for long gains. Clemens is making intelligent decisions, delivering the ball accurately, and trusting his WR's to make plays.
2013 Week 12 vs CHI (10 / 22 / 167 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Kellen Clemens has turned into the quintessential game manager for Jeff Fisher's run-first squad. A week after destroying the Colts, the Rams beat up on the Bears with a punishing run attack, and a passing attack that made big plays when it was needed to. Clemens had a few errant throws in this one, but not many. He missed Kendricks in the endzone on a fade route, but then on the next play a pass interference put the Rams at the 1, and Stacy ran it in. Clemens had one dynamite series in this game, and it came early. After getting 14 quick points on Austin's run and after the Forte fumble, the Rams looked to build on the early momentum. On play-action, Clemens hit Quick for a nice 16 yard gain. Then he connected with Stacy for ten, and then fired a strike to Bailey on 2nd and 19. Clemens and the Rams did a great job of overcoming penalties on this drive, and over the course of the entire game. Finally, Clemens threw a bullet in the middle of the zone to Cook for a TD. A great drive for Clemens, and virtually the only drive in which the passing game played a prominent part. For the rest of the game, the big gains came on play-action, but for the most part Clemens only needed to hand off to Stacy and Cunningham. He also didn't turn the ball over, which warms the heart of Fisher and the coaching staff. The big question for Clemens is how he'll fare as he heads into the tough portion of their schedule. When the Rams need him to pass, will he be able to?
2013 Week 13 vs SF (19 / 37 / 218 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
Clemens has done a nice job of putting up points and yardage over the last few weeks. That all came to an end against the 49ers. In this tough and physical game, Clemens only had 67 yards passing deep in the 4th quarter. Clemens was under pressure and was throwing inaccurately. His receivers also were not making plays. Cook dropped 2 balls early that were both poor throws but catchable. Clemens was faced with a 3rd and 18 early and threw a ball to Givens that should have been a conversion, but the ball was thrown woefully short. Clemens threw a deep ball to Tavon and the ball ended up way over his head and right into Eric Reid's hands, who dropped the easy INT. Later on 3rd and 1, the offensive coaches decided to throw it deep instead of run it, and Clemens hit Givens deep downfield, but the ball was dropped. The only success Clemens had in this one was late in the game when the score was 23-6. He led them on a couple drives in garbage time and threw a late jump ball to Brian Quick for a meaningless TD. But overall, Clemens had a pretty awful day, as did the entire offense.
2013 Week 14 vs ARI (16 / 27 / 181 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
The Arizona Cardinals threw a relentless pass rush at Kellen Clemens, and Clemens failed to respond. He was unable to get anything going all day, getting sacked 4 times, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. Clemens actually started the game ok, leading the Rams across midfield before the drive stalled. But after that, they didn't cross midfield again until late in the game, and that came on a Tavon Austin run. Clemens threw behind receivers, was inaccurate, and looked more frazzled as the game progressed. John Abraham sacked him three times, and on one occasion Karlos Dansby absolutely annihilated him on a blindside blitz. Clemens opened the second half up with the critical mistake that really put the game out of reach. He was facing intense pressure, and instead of taking the sack, tried to force the ball toward a receiver in the right flat. Clemens couldn't get anything on the ball, and Dansby broke ahead of him, intercepted the pass and walked into the endzone for an easy td. Overall, it was a miserable day for Clemens and the Rams offense as a whole. The OL didn't block well, and Clemens didn't step up and make any plays at all, with the majority of his yardage coming on the first drive, and in meaningless garbage time at the end of the game.
2013 Week 15 vs NO (14 / 20 / 158 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Clemens against Brees seemed like a recipe for disaster. Yet, it was Clemens who quickly struck when Brees threw a turnover in the shadow of his own endzone. Clemens immediately hit his TE Harkey for a short gain, and Harkey rumbled into the endzone for a 31 yard TD. Then on the next drive, Clemens made a big 3rd down throw to Pettis for a first, and then hit Kendricks on a corner route with a perfectly dropped ball into Kendricks hands for a 4 yard TD. In the second half, the main goal for the Rams was to keep the clock moving, and keep the ball away from Drew Brees. Clemens made some big throws that enabled the Rams to do those things. On third down, Clemens was pressured, rolled out and found Bailey wide open for a big 20 yard gain and a first down. He also hit Kendricks for an 8 yard gain on play-action and then threw a couple first downs on the Rams' final drive. Clemens does a great job of holding onto the ball and not making mistakes. When the running game is working, the Rams offense works very well. They did a good job of protecting Clemens, and keeping his attempts low.
2013 Week 16 vs TB (16 / 20 / 158 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Now that Jeff Fisher has a solid defense and a running game, he's really molded the Rams into a young version of his old Tennessee Titans squad, minus the QB. The greatest strength of Clemens is his ability to work the short passing game and not turn the ball over. Despite starting 8 games, he only has 5 int's, which has really helped the Rams morph into a solid offense. Against Tampa Bay, the offensive gameplan was clearly to run the ball, whether it worked or not. Clemens only threw the ball 20 times, but amazingly he completed 16 of them, almost all of them short passes. He only had 3 completions of any considerable length. One was a short pass to Cook that Cook made a nice play on. One was a high throw to Givens on the sideline for 21. The throw was actually a bit too high, but Givens made a great play to catch the ball. His longest throw was a deep crossing route to Bailey that went for 28 yards. That pass was a bit behind Bailey, but Bailey made a tremendous play on the ball. Clemens did have a costly fumble inside the ten yard line. This fumble at the time really hurt. But aside from that mistake, he spread the ball around, kept things short and kept the chains moving when he was called upon to make a play. Clemens doesn't have an accurate arm when he unloads it deep, so this current setup puts him in perhaps the best position he could be in, which is a starting job in which he doesn't have to make too many plays.
2013 Week 17 vs SEA (21 / 30 / 157 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
The combination of the Seahawks defense, the home crowd in Seattle, and the end-of-the-year doldrums did in the St. Louis Rams. Clemens and the Rams couldn't do a thing offensively, as they scored their only TD late in the game when the game was out of reach. The Rams didn't cross midfield until late in the fourth quarter. On one occasion in the 2nd quarter, they started a drive across midfield, but their offensive had less than 100 yards as they entered the fourth quarter. Clemens could do nothing more than check down. Nothing worked downfield. He tried to hit Givens twice downfield, and both times didn't come close to completing the pass. He threw a pick 6 on the opening drive when he faced heavy pressure and threw a hard pass to Kendricks that sailed through Kendricks' hands and into the hands of the waiting defender. Clemens has proven to be a very capable backup, and one that the Rams should re-sign. In a Jeff Fisher offense, he can usually be an effective game manager. His weaknesses are obvious though, and were apparent in this game. He isn't a good deep ball thrower, and he needs a running game to succeed. Seattle took Stacy completely out of the game, and Clemens just doesn't have the weapons around him to make it happen against that defense.
2012 Week 8 vs NE (1 / 2 / 39 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Clemens came in for mop up duty with 5 minutes remaining. He threw a well-placed deep ball down the left sideline to Brian Quick for a 39 yard gain but the drive ended when he telegraphed and then forced a throw at the goal line and was picked off.
2011 Week 15 vs CIN (25 / 36 / 229 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Considering Kellen Clemens was a member of the Houston Texans two weeks ago, he played fairly well for the St. Louis Rams against a stout Bengals defense. Most of his completions came on slants and quick outs as the Rams appeared focused on protecting the ball as opposed to looking for long strikes. Clemens seemed well in sync with his receivers but simply couldn't sustain many drives. Most of the Rams' offensive success came between the twenties and despite throwing no interceptions, Clemens couldn't help his team break through to score until it was too late. Clemens best throw came on a late fourth quarter touchdown throw after the game had already gotten out of hand. On the play, Clemens threw a high, arcing 25 yard pass off of his back foot to find a streaking Danario Alexander in the left corner of the endzone. The pass was in to double coverage but was well thrown to a position where only Alexander could come down with the ball. Otherwise, Clemens was a solid passer for the Rams but often settled for the easiest pass to the most open man. The Bengals defense seemed well prepared for the Rams mid-range and deep routes, thus limited Clemens ability to create big plays.
2011 Week 16 vs PIT (9 / 24 / 91 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Clemens has been in the league since 2006 and has never been able to find a steady job or break through for a long-term starting role. He also just signed with St. Louis a few weeks ago. His play in this game confirmed both of those things. He wasn't incredibly accurate. This was highlighted early by a Brandon Lloyd catch that was reversed. It was ruled that the ball had hit the ground. The play was a quick slant that demanded a somewhat low throw, but it shouldn't have been close enough to the ground to cause an incompletion. He also had two or three passes that were close calls and nearly intercepted. One thing that merits some praise for Clemens is that he completed a few balls with rushers in his face and as he was getting hit. For a guy who struggled and was under duress all day, he did keep stepping into his throws (and the hits that were coming shortly after them).
2011 Week 17 vs SF (14 / 31 / 226 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 18 / 1 rush)
It wasn't pretty, but Clemens did everything he could to help the Rams play spoiler to division rival San Francisco, but he wasn't able to finish the comeback after his ankle was rolled up when he was taken down late in the 4th quarter. The game began much better than it ended for Clemens, as he took the Rams right down the field on their first possession, capping it with an 18-yard TD run when the pass protection broke down. Clemens showed his mobility, breaking free from the collapsing pocket and making a couple of nifty moves near the goal line to dive in for the score and give the Rams an early 7-0 lead. Over the next 3 quarters, though, the game would slowly get away from the Rams, as they would trail by 3 TDs late in the 4th quarter. In the face of a top-flight defense, though, Clemens did a respectable job of game management, keeping the Rams within striking distance late in the game, only making one critical error--an interception thrown from inside his own end zone, leading to a 49ers' TD that would prove deadly to the Rams' upset hopes. However devastating that turnover and the resulting TD may have been, it did not deter the Rams and QB Clemens. In fact, it seemed to re-energize them. Trailing 34-13 with 6:30 to play in the game and the 14th Rams' loss seemingly a foregone conclusion, Clemens came alive and nearly brought the Rams all the way back; first throwing a long TD pass to WR Brandon Lloyd and then setting up a RB Cadillac Williams rushing TD with a pass interference penalty on another deep throw to the end zone to Lloyd. Facing 2nd and 10 from the 49er 33 yard line, though, Clemens would be sacked by LB NaVorro Bowman, injuring his right ankle and forcing him to watch the rest of the game from the sideline.
2010 Week 17 vs BUF (1 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 1 rush)
Clemens was once thought to be the next big QB in New York, but that was before the coming of the Mark Sanchize after Clemens had struggled off and on when he had an opportunity to play. Like Brunnell and Sanchez, Clemens mostly handed the ball off. He made a nice through on a short out to the left to Joe McKnight for a first where he put the ball perfectly in the rookie running back's hands. He also showed good patience and then some good wheels as he ran for a touchdown late in the game. Clemens stepped up into the pocket and, seeing nobody open in the end zone, elected to run through the giant hole the offensive line had opened up. Nobody was really close to him and he was able to dive in for the score.
2009 Week 13 vs BUF (1 / 2 / 14 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Clemens came into the game midway through the 3rd quarter after Sanchez injured his right knee and was sacked on his very first pass attempt. He did convert a 3rd and 12 with a 14 yard out pass to Jerricho Cotchery which led to a Jets FG, but looked fidgety and rushed, taking no chances at committing any errors, instead relying on the stellar play of the Jets defense to close out the game. Even with his concentrated effort to not try too much, he made things interesting fumbling on the Jets own 5 yard line in the 4th quarter, but the fumble was recovered by the Jets.
2009 Week 14 vs TB (12 / 23 / 111 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Jets didn't trust Clemens with much in this one, and you could see why. The defense and running game did all the heavy lifting, and Clemens did very little to bring home the win. His accuracy and athleticism looked below average, he had little composure under pressure, and he missed a wide open Jerricho Cotchery in the end zone. Clemens also threw to well-covered receivers, and missed an easy touch pass to Danny Woodhead. His best throw of the day was on the run to Cotchery, but a few of his deep balls were way off. Clemens looked like a caretaker QB with little upside.
2008 Week 10 vs STL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Clemens didn't have any game stats; however he did relieve Favre with about 11 minutes left to play. He simply handed the ball to the pair of Jones and Washington to kill the remaining few minutes.
2007 Week 1 vs NE (5 / 10 / 35 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Clemens saw his first action of the season late in the third quarter, in relief of Chad Pennington. He was five of ten for 35 yards.
2007 Week 2 vs BAL (19 / 37 / 260 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
Clemens' first NFL start was as shaky as expected but ultimately full of promise. He started with an apparent case of nerves, which was totally understandable given the situation and the caliber of the defense he was facing. After shaking off his nerves (and an early interception), Clemens slowly found his groove until he found himself leading his team on a potential game tying drive at the end of the fourth quarter. Had he not been twice failed by the hands of Justin McCareins, the Jets would have tied the game and had a great chance to win, considering momentum and the way each team was performing at the end of the game. Clemens did everything he could to will his team to victory, but it just wasn't quite enough. His favorite targets were his starting wide receivers, Coles and Cotchery. Clemens found Chris Baker for a four yard touchdown strike in the fourth quarter to bring the Jets within seven of Baltimore. He struggled with his accuracy, barely completely 50% of his passes while frequently putting his targets in positions where they had to stretch to make catches, placing them in danger of missing the ball and/or taking a big hit for even attempting to snag the ball. Clemens' second interception wasn't truly his fault, although the ball could've been placed lower where it would have been easier for McCareins to haul in. He averaged 7.0 yards per attempt.
2007 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 12 / 67 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Clemens came in late in the fourth quarter with the Jets trailing by ten points and ended his day and the game completing five of 12 passes for 67 yards and two interceptions. To be fair to Clemens, his second interception occurred as time expired, on a hail Mary pass from the 50 yard line.
2007 Week 9 vs WAS (23 / 42 / 226 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 48 / 0 rush)
Clemens had a good game as the Jets new starting quarterback. He was especially strong in the first half. Clemens made good decisions, showed good instincts and a solid grasp of the offense, and displayed better scrambling ability and arm strength than the man he replaced, Chad Pennington. His favorite targets were Jericho Cotchery and Brad Smith, who saw an increase in production with starter Laveranues Coles out. He led the Jets offense on a first half touchdown scoring drive that he capped with a one yard touchdown to Joe Kowalewski.
2007 Week 11 vs PIT (14 / 31 / 162 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Clemens was comfortable under center and certainly acted like the future of the New York Jets. While his numbers were not exactly eye popping, 14 of 31 for 162 yards and one TD, he showed plenty of leadership. When Clemens found a target he was not afraid to let loose with that big arm of his, and late in the fourth quarter he managed to engineer a 76 yard drive in two minutes to tie the game and send it into overtime. The key play was his 15 yard scramble. He eluded the blitz, picked up a key first down, and demonstrated a facet of quarterbacking which Pennington lacks.
2007 Week 12 vs DAL (12 / 27 / 142 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Clemens was unable to get into a rhythm in large part due to a fierce Dallas pass rush and an ineffective running game. He had to hurry a lot of his throws, and forced others, including one that was returned by a Cowboys defender for a touchdown. He missed open receivers at other times and could not make any plays to keep his offense on the field for extended periods. There were a few brief moments when he had time to throw and showcased good touch on passes, but those moments were very infrequent.
2007 Week 13 vs MIA (15 / 24 / 236 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Kellen Clemens started the day completing four of his first five attempts en route to seven points on the Jets opening drive of the ball game. After some first half struggles Clemens put together a 15 for 24 afternoon totaling 236 yards and a touchdown. His lone TD pass of the day came on a swing pass to Brad Smith, which allowed him to show his speed en route to a 19 yard touchdown catch and run.
2007 Week 14 vs CLE (24 / 41 / 286 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 8 / 1 rush)
Clemens completed 59% of his passes for an average gain of seven yards per attempt to finish with a passer rating of 59.6. His gritty performance, including a one yard touchdown run was not enough to bring the Jets back at home against the Browns.
2007 Week 15 vs NE (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kellen Clemens started the game and was injured on New York's second offensive play from scrimmage. A hit by Richard Seymour, which resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown, ended Clemens day and gave way to Chad Pennington.
2007 Week 17 vs KC (13 / 25 / 115 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 18 / 0 rush)
Clemens had a mediocre day in his return, completing 13 of 25 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. In the first half, Clemens found Thomas Jones on an inside screen, allowing him to do the rest, scampering 15 yards for the games first touchdown.
2006 Week 5 vs JAX (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Clemens saw the first action of his career in relief of Pennington late in the game. He twice tried to connect with Justin McCareins, but his passes were off the mark. (One of the plays was negated by a penalty.) Clemens had a two yard scramble. He lost a fumble when he was sacked on the penultimate play of the game.