The "moral substitute" for the clichéd sports movie. It follows the life of down-and-out football coach Grant Taylor as he manages to coach his tiny, apathetic high school football team to an incredible season.
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!!This movie contains examples of:

* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when the MPAA assigned it a PG rating due to "football violence" and discussion of infertility. Curiously, it was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facing_the_Giants#Rating_controversy not appealed]]; with Focus on the Family reviewer Bob Waliszewski suggesting that this may have actually helped the film's success.
* AuthorTract: It's not just a Christian movie but produced and financed by a Baptist church, so this is pretty much inevitable.
* ChainOfCorrections: The Charles Schulz/Charles Lindbergh/Limburger cheese banter before the third-act turnaround.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The title says it all.
* DeusExMachina:
** The one match they lost after turning to the Lord and the winning team gets DQ'd due to having two 19-year-olds in the team.
** Another example is during the final game when David is about to kick a field goal that if he misses, will cost the team the game, he prays "Dear God…help me make this kick…" [[spoiler: And he does.]]
* DownToTheLastPlay
* GoshDangItToHeck: And how!
* HeelFaithTurn: A textbook literal example.
* HistoricalCharacterConfusion: A WhosOnFirst-esque conversation involves, among other things, the speaker confusing [[{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}} Charles Schultz]] with the pilot Charles Lindbergh (then him with the ''Hindenburg''). [[InvokedTrope He's clearly joking]], though, to mess with TheComicallySerious coach trying to correct him.
* LawOfInverseFertility: [[spoiler: [[HeelFaithTurn But once Grant]] [[SubvertedTrope turns to the lord...]]]]
* MeaningfulName: The kicker who makes the game-winning field-goal is named David Childers. His best friend (and holder) is named Jonathan Weston. Take a wild guess as to where [[Literature/TheBible the idea for the names came from]].
* {{Mondegreen}}: The DVD subtitles interpret "{{Kojak}}" as "Cool Jack".
* TheMoralSubstitute: Considering that this movie was made by a church, this should not be a surprise.
* ObviouslyEvil: The coach of the final team fought is an arrogant FatBastard who brags about their previous victories and compares the Eagles to dogs nipping at their heels. [[SarcasmMode What a sportsman]].
* PutMeInCoach
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Grant does this to the team when they screw up what should have been an easy win, screaming at them that the reason that they keep losing is because two of them got detention for playing a prank on another student, and the rest aren't being serious about practice.
* YouBetterSitDown: Coach Grant Taylor gets a call informing him that his team will be allowed into the playoffs after all because the team they lost to in the last game cheated. You only hear Grant's end of the conversation, but he repeats the callers question of "Am I sitting down?" with obvious confusion.
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