Donovan McNabb

Managing the clock: staying calm along the chaos

Imagine driving down a highway with no signs. No speed limit indicators. No exit alerts.

That's akin to the final moments of an NFL game, and many times at the end of the first half, too. It can be chaos.

And the way some teams butcher time management makes you wonder how they get to the stadium on time. But the way some handle it spurs expansive — and well-deserved — praise.

Joe Montana used to wink at teammates or crack jokes in the huddle before and during two-minute drills. So did Brett Favre.

Tom Brady stares down opponents in such an intimidating manner, you expect defenders to skulk away rather than try to stop him.

Yet other star...