The NFL took middle stage on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and several other groups have been in search of a vacation miracle with the playoffs on the horizon.
Week 16 helped decide the postseason subject. The Cincinnati Bengals clinched a playoff berth by advantage of the New York Jets shedding on Thursday evening. The Bengals joined the Buffalo Payments and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs as the primary AFC groups to succeed in the postseason.
The Baltimore Ravens clinched a spot with a win and the Los Angeles Chargers may do the identical this weekend with somewhat assist.
On Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings continued to wow audiences with a file day from each Justin Jefferson and Greg Joseph. The victory retains them aggressive with the Philadelphia Eagles for the highest seed within the NFC.
The NFC South remains to be a race between three groups after the New Orleans Saints obtained a win whereas the Atlanta Falcons have been eradicated with a loss. The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans continued their shedding streaks as their playoff hopes fade away.
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The Dallas Cowboys saved their hopes of the NFC East crown alive with a victory over the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
There have been three NFL video games on Christmas Day. The Inexperienced Bay Packers edged the Miami Dolphins within the afternoon slate, the Los Angeles Rams dominated the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers topped the Arizona Cardinals within the nightcap.
Week 16 concluded with the Los Angeles Chargers clinching a playoff spot with a win over the Indianapolis Colts Monday evening.
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This is a rundown of all of the Week 16 motion across the NFL.
Jacksonville Jaguars 19, New York Jets 3
Briefly: The Jaguars received their third consecutive recreation and sit firmly in playoff rivalry. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was environment friendly in opposition to a stingy Jets protection. He accomplished 20 of 31 passes for 229 yards whereas including 51 dashing yards and a landing. Jaguars tight finish Evan Engram led all receivers with 113 receiving yards. It was a troublesome evening for the Jets. The offense generated 227 complete yards and went 2-for-13 on third down. Followers booed Jets QB Zach Wilson as he was benched in favor of journeyman Chris Streveler. The Jets have misplaced 4 straight and are slipping exterior the playoff combine.
One spotlight to know: Engram returned to MetLife Stadium and turned in a standout efficiency. He hauled in a 36-yard reception that arrange a Jaguars subject purpose within the second quarter.
Subsequent up: The Jaguars play the Houston Texans in Week 17. The Jets have a street matchup in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks.
Baltimore Ravens 17, Atlanta Falcons 9
Briefly: The Baltimore Ravens relied on their run recreation as they punched their ticket to the playoffs, grabbing a victory over the Atlanta Falcons within the staff’s third recreation with out Lamar Jackson. Gus Edwards, J.Okay. Dobbins and quarterback Tyler Huntley mixed for 184 yards. Huntley added 115 yards passing and the lone landing of the day, a 6-yard rating to Demarcus Robinson within the second quarter. Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder went 22-for-33 for 218 yards, 96 of which went to rookie Drake London. The wideout was chargeable for the lone turnover of the day, a misplaced fumble within the second quarter. With the loss, the Falcons are eradicated from playoff rivalry.
One spotlight to know: Within the fourth quarter, the Baltimore protection stopped the Falcons on fourth-and-goal on the Ravens’ 1-yard line. Tyler Allgeier tried a run from shotgun and was stuffed by Isaiah Mack, who was signed off the observe squad only a day prior.
Subsequent up: The Ravens host the AFC North foe Pittsburgh Steelers whereas the Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals. Each video games will probably be on New 12 months’s Day.
Carolina Panthers 37, Detroit Lions 23
Briefly: The Carolina Panthers had probably the most first-half yards in franchise historical past as they cooled the red-hot Detroit Lions, snapping their three-game win streak. The Panthers, who’re nonetheless within the NFC South race, utilized 5 rushers to mix for 320 yards and three touchdowns on the bottom. D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard had 165 and 125 yards, respectively. The Lions’ run recreation was just about non-existent, working for less than 45 yards with quarterback Jared Goff main with 15 yards on three carries. He did his job by the air, going 25-of-42 for 355 yards and three scores, however the loss dims the Lions’ playoff hopes.
One spotlight to know: With the sport tied 7-7 within the second quarter, Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold faked a handoff and rushed to his left for a 3-yard landing. Carolina took the lead and by no means seemed again.
Subsequent up: The Panthers journey to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the NFC South on the road. The Lions host the Chicago Bears.
Buffalo Payments 35, Chicago Bears 13
Briefly: The Buffalo Payments overcame a gradual begin to clinch the AFC East with a win over the Chicago Bears. Bears’ rookie Kyler Gordon had his second interception in as many video games as he picked off Josh Allen within the second quarter and the Payments went into the half down 10-6. Buffalo had 254 yards on the bottom and three dashing touchdowns within the recreation, led by Devin Singletary.
One spotlight to know: The Payments got here storming out of the break with a rating on their first drive of the second half. Devin Singletary powered ahead for a 33-yard landing that gave Buffalo all of the momentum for the remainder of the sport.
Subsequent up: The Payments journey to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Evening Soccer. The Bears have a street matchup in opposition to the Detroit Lions.
New Orleans Saints 17, Cleveland Browns 10
Briefly: The Cleveland Browns went scoreless within the second half and dropped a 10-0 lead as they misplaced to the New Orleans Saints, who’re nonetheless within the NFC South race. Each Deshaun Watson and Andy Dalton went scoreless by the air and every threw an interception. Watson scored on a 12-yard run within the second quarter. In any other case, the Saints’ 152 yards on the bottom and touchdowns from Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill have been sufficient for the win.
One spotlight to know: With the sport tied at 10-10 after a Taysom Hill landing within the third quarter, Deshaun Watson tried to get his staff again forward, however was intercepted by Daniel Sorensen on the New Orleans 49-yard line. Sorensen rumbled for 36 yards to set his staff up for an additional rating.
Subsequent up: The Saints journey to face the Philadelphia Eagles, who might or might not have Jalen Hurts again at quarterback. The Browns are on the street in opposition to the Washington Commanders.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 24, Seattle Seahawks 10
Briefly: D.Okay. Metcalf warmed up for the 14-degree day with out a shirt on, however his confidence wasn’t sufficient to overpower the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, who’re nonetheless vying for the highest playoff seed within the AFC. Patrick Mahomes was 16-of-28 for 224 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Travis Kelce for 113 of these yards. For the Seahawks, Kenneth Walker III had 107 yards dashing, however quarterback Geno Smith struggled, going 25-of-40 for 215 yards, a landing and an interception as they watch their playoff hopes slip away.
One spotlight to know: Kadarius Toney scored his second landing of the season after getting back from a hamstring harm. The rating was the primary of the day as Patrick Mahomes tossed the ball to the huge receiver from shotgun. Toney faked a go earlier than dashing ahead for the 8-yard rating.
Subsequent up: The Chiefs host the AFC West rival Denver Broncos. The Seahawks host the New York Jets. Each video games are on New 12 months’s Day.
Minnesota Vikings 27, New York Giants 24
Briefly: The Minnesota Vikings received one other thriller as kicker Greg Joseph nailed a 61-yard subject purpose as time expired in opposition to the New York Giants. Large receiver Justin Jefferson had a historic day with 12 receptions for 133 yards and a landing, which handed Randy Moss for the Vikings’ single-season reception yards file and Cris Carter for the franchise-best single-season catches mark. Saquon Barkley had 14 carries for 84 yards and a landing, however with the Winter Whiteout, the Vikings go 8-1 at residence.
One spotlight to know: Justin Jefferson had a record-breaking day, however kicker Greg Joseph made historical past of his personal. He received the sport on a 61-yard subject purpose, the longest in Vikings’ historical past.
Subsequent up: The Vikings journey to face the Inexperienced Bay Packers. The Giants host the Indianapolis Colts. Each video games are on New 12 months’s Day.
Cincinnati Bengals 22, New England Patriots 18
Briefly: The Cincinnati Bengals lengthen their win streak to seven video games with a win over the New England Patriots. Joe Burrow went 40-of-52 for 375 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Tee Higgins snagged eight of these receptions for 128 yards and one of many scores. Patriots working again Rhamondre Stevenson was held to 30 yards on 13 carries and misplaced a fumble within the fourth quarter. Nick Folks missed each of his further factors.
One spotlight to know: With the Patriots threatening to attain on the Bengals’ 5-yard line late within the fourth quarter, Stevenson powered right into a pile of gamers. He dropped the ball as he was tackled and BJ Hill landed on it to provide Cincinnati possession.
Subsequent up: The Bengals host the Buffalo Payments on Monday evening. The Patriots host the Miami Dolphins.
Houston Texans 19, Tennessee Titans 14
Briefly: The Houston Texans upset the Tennessee Titans on the street to push Derrick Henry and firm right into a five-game shedding streak. Beginning quarterback Ryan Tannehill was out with an ankle harm, leaving rookie Malik Willis on the helm in a recreation that began an hour late attributable to a climate delay. Henry was held to 23 carries for 126 yards and a landing, capping his streak of video games with 200 yards in opposition to the Texans at 4. Davis Mills was 17-of-28 for 178 yards, a landing and an interception as he led his staff to their second victory of the season.
One spotlight to observe: Each of Willis’ interceptions got here inside the ultimate two minutes of the sport as he tried to take the lead with a rating. The final one was on a Hail Mary try with 5 seconds left on the clock. From the Houston 43-yard line, Willis launched the ball into the tip zone the place it fell into Jalen Pitre’s arms. The Texans’ defender sauntered out of the tip zone and fell to his knees to clinch the win.
Subsequent up: The Texans host the Jacksonville Jaguars whereas the Titans kick off Week 17 by internet hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday evening.
San Francisco 49ers 37, Washington Commanders 20
Briefly: Brock Purdy led the San Francisco 49ers to their eighth straight win with a victory over the Washington Commanders. Ron Rivera benched Taylor Heinicke within the fourth quarter after he went 13-of-18 for 166 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a misplaced fumble. Carson Wentz stepped in and had practically the very same stats: 12-of-16 for 123 yards and a rating in two drives. Purdy went 15-of-22 for 234 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Each of his scores went to George Kittle. Nick Bosa had two sacks as he furthered his place because the NFL’s sack chief.
One spotlight to know: The 49ers have been up 27-14 with 11:25 left within the recreation and Heinicke was dealing with second-and-7 on the Washington 22-yard line. He took the snap from shotgun and tossed the ball within the path of working again Brian Robinson, however Jimmie Ward snagged the interception. Heinicke’s day was over after that.
Subsequent up: The 49ers journey to face the Las Vegas Raiders whereas the Commanders host the Cleveland Browns.
Dallas Cowboys 40, Philadelphia Eagles 34
Briefly: The Dallas Cowboys scored revenge in opposition to the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles with a Week 16 win. The Eagles have been up by 10 factors twice within the recreation, even with out beginning quarterback Jalen Hurts. In his stead, Gardner Minshew went 24-of-40 for 355 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. For the Cowboys, Dak Prescott, who missed the primary matchup of the season with an harm, went 27-of-35 for 347 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked six instances, however the Eagles’ 4 turnovers saved Dallas alive within the recreation and within the NFC East title race.
One spotlight to know: With 2:19 left within the recreation and down a subject purpose, Minshew handed the ball off to Miles Sanders. The working again pinballed between a number of Cowboys defenders earlier than hitting Carlos Watkins and the ball popped out. Gamers from each groups piled onto it, however Anthony Barr got here up with it, taking away any of the Eagles’ steam that they’d left.
Subsequent up: The Eagles host the New Orleans Saints and will or might not have Jalen Hurts again from harm. The Cowboys journey to face the Tennessee Titans on Thursday evening.
Pittsburgh Steelers 13, Las Vegas Raiders 10
Briefly: The Steelers celebrated the life and legacy of the late Franco Harris, who died earlier this week at age 72, retiring his No. 32 jersey at halftime. On the sphere, the Steelers (7-8) rallied late, scoring a landing within the ultimate minute to safe a 13-10 victory in opposition to the Raiders, who at 6-9 are actually on the verge of playoff elimination. The sport was performed precisely 50 years and 1 day since Harris hauled in “The Immaculate Reception” vs. the Silver and Black, thought-about by many probably the most iconic play in NFL historical past – a play that gave the Steelers their first playoff victory.
One spotlight to know: Kenny Pickett’s 14-yard TD go to George Pickens with 46 seconds to go put the Steelers in entrance for the primary time Saturday and held up because the successful rating.
Subsequent up: The Raiders return residence to face the red-hot 49ers. The Steelers head to Baltimore to tackle the rival Ravens.
Inexperienced Bay Packers 26, Miami Dolphins 20
Briefly: The Dolphins turned the ball over thrice and third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa tossed three interceptions in a disappointing loss for Miami at residence. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers accomplished 24 of 38 passes for 238 yards and a landing. Operating again A.J. Dillon additionally had a dashing landing for Inexperienced Bay. The loss put Miami into a dangerous playoff scenario; if the New England Patriots defeat the Dolphins subsequent week and knock off the Payments in Week 18, the Dolphins will probably be out and the Patriots will probably be in.
One spotlight to know: The Dolphins registered the primary landing of the sport with an 84-yard connection between Tagovailoa and huge receiver Jaylen Waddle with 9:08 left within the frst quarter.
Subsequent up: The Packers will host the Minnesota Vikings on New 12 months’s Day. The Dolphins go to the Patriots.
Los Angeles Rams 51, Denver Broncos 14
Briefly: The Rams have been firing on all cylinders Sunday, blitzing the Broncos en path to a blowout Christmas Day victory. Rams QB Baker Mayfield accomplished 24 of 28 passes and two touchdowns whereas working again Cam Akers discovered the tip zone thrice. Denver quarterback Russell Wilson had one other tough outing, throwing a pair of interceptions in one other poor offensive exhibiting for the Broncos, whose usually stout protection allow them to down in a lopsided Week 16 defeat.
One spotlight to know: Rams defender Cobie Durant returned an interception 84 yards for a landing with 4:08 left within the recreation.
Subsequent up: The Rams meet the Los Angeles Chargers at their mutual residence New 12 months’s Day. The Broncos go to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, Arizona Cardinals 16 (OT)
Briefly: Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense navigated some struggles however managed to flee Arizona with an extra time victory because of a game-winning subject purpose by Ryan Succop. Brady was 32 of 48 passing with two interceptions however accomplished all six of his passes on Tampa Bay’s ultimate drive within the further interval. In the meantime, Cardinals QB Hint McSorley made his first profession begin and was simply 24 of 45 passing.
One spotlight to know: Cardinals defender Marco Wilson transformed the second of his two interceptions of Brady with an athletic play on the ball with 3:14 left within the third quarter and the rating tied 6-6.
Subsequent up: The Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. The Cardinals go to the Atlanta Falcons.
Los Angeles Chargers 20, Indianapolis Colts 3
Briefly: Chargers QB Justin Herbert did not register a landing, however Los Angeles nonetheless clinched a playoff berth in slog of a victory over the lowly Colts. Herbert was 24 of 31 for 235 yards passing and a first-quarter interception. Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had two dashing touchdowns. In the meantime, Colts QB Nick Foles threw three interceptions in a dismal efficiency by the Indianapolis offense.
One spotlight to know: In a recreation stuffed with turnovers, Chargers security Derwin James had maybe probably the most spectacular earlier than he was later ejected for a success to the top and neck space of a Colts receiver. James made a pleasant play on the ball with 4:48 left within the first.
Subsequent up: The Chargers play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17. The Colts go to the New York Giants.