NFL 7 days 17 winners, losers: 49ers have playoff squad to fear, Patriots stumble in finale – United states Now


That is a wrap.

The 2019 NFL common period is over. The playoffs are set. And we now know which teams will be going through off in the wild-card spherical up coming weekend.  Only two playoff spots were open up headed into the ultimate standard-season Sunday. The Tennessee Titans took the No. 6 seed in the AFC, and the Philadelphia Eagles acquired the NFC East title and the conference’s No. four slot. And in the NFC West, the last video game of the season was a thriller and just one that saw the San Francisco 49ers lock up the division and the top seed in the NFC.

Below is the frequent-season finale edition of winners and losers.


Kyle Shanahan

In what was essentially an NFC West championship video game, the Niners prevailed 26-21 in Seattle. So now the highway to Tremendous Bowl LIV in the NFC will run through Santa Clara. After lacking the playoffs the former 5 seasons, San Francisco has all of the pieces that make it a group each individual other squad need to anxiety. It has a stingy protection led by a stout pass rush. It has as effective a hurrying recreation as there is in the NFL — apart from Baltimore’s. And quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is playing so completely successful and staying away from errors. By way of it all, the Niners’ Kyle Shanahan is a mentor of the yr prospect, has adapted his activity plans to aim on the opposition’s weaknesses and has developed a tradition of results. 

The 49ers typically depend on a 4-person pass rush to generate pressure but broke tendency tonight vs Russell Wilson (46% blitz charge). Wilson struggled from the blitz…

vs Blitz: nine/eighteen, 86 yards (sixty passer score)

vs No Blitz: 16/21, 147 yards, TD (126.5 passer rating)— Up coming Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 30, 2019

Carson Wentz

The Eagles are enjoying their most effective football of the period, have gained 4 in a row and clinched the NFC East title with a 34-17 victory against the Giants. Wentz’s enjoy is a significant reason why. During Philly’s 4-video game profitable streak, Wentz has completed sixty seven.6% of his passes for 1,199 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. That has arrive even in the facial area of injuries to his key targets: tight end Zach Ertz and receivers Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor and even DeSean Jackson, relationship to previously in the year. If there is one particular stat that exhibits how substantially Wentz has had to deal with, he turned the first participant in NFL historical past with 4,000 passing yards in a season while not having a wide receiver surpass the five hundred-yard threshold. And now he has the Eagles peaking.


At the start out of the working day, it appeared unbelievable that the Chiefs would be watching the initially round of the playoffs at property with a bye 7 days. But (many thanks to some help from the Dolphins) Kansas City will get the likelihood to rest just after having down the Chargers 31-21 in the finale. The Chiefs are red scorching, on a six-video game winning streak and seem like a person of individuals teams no a single needs to confront in January. Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and a slew of other offensive players are surely a headache to activity program from. But it’s Kansas City’s dashing video game and revamped protection, a device that has been sparked by the play of protection Tyrann Mathieu, that genuinely would make the Chiefs dangerous.

Titans’ backfield

Not only are the Titans headed to the playoffs, many thanks to their 35-14 victory in opposition to the Texans, but their backfield has reasons to rejoice. Running again Derrick Henry, following a 211-lawn, three-landing performance, received the NFL’s hurrying title this year with one,540 yards. He’s the coronary heart and soul of the team’s offense. But quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown he can be a trustworthy player at the situation. He set career highs in completion charge ( and passer score (116.5) and flashed an ability to guard the soccer. The offensive line warrants a ton of credit history, but Henry and Tannehill are reaping the rewards.

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If it appeared like the NFC West direct adjusted fingers many instances over the final thirty day period and a 50 percent of the year, it’s since it did. And the Seahawks, after their massive 7 days 10 victory at the 49ers, enable their grasp of the division slip away. Seattle lost 3 of its past four video games in the typical year. Ordinarily, the franchise had played extremely perfectly underneath coach Pete Carroll in the ultimate thirty day period of the season, but accidents and self-enforced problems tripped the group up. The Seahawks are incredibly talented but seem to be to make life tougher on by themselves. To have results in the playoffs, they simply cannot only count on Russell Wilson’s brilliance. They’ll vacation to Philadelphia to enjoy the Eagles and they require to engage in a comprehensive video game to shift on.

Jon Gruden

Going back to the last 7 days of November, the Raiders misplaced five of their last six games, including what was a ought to-acquire in the finale against the Broncos 16-fifteen. Oakland, prior to its dismal stretch to end the period, looked like it would potentially compete for a playoff location. Instead, Gruden, the male the franchise hired to bring winning back again to the Raiders just before their go to Las Vegas, has gone 11-21 in his two comeback seasons in Oakland and has skipped the postseason in the two. The Raiders absence star ability on defense, and that charge them down the stretch. It was only far too straightforward for groups to score on Oakland. Quarterback Derek Carr has been strong, if unspectacular, and now the staff wants to come to a decision what to do at the team’s most important situation.


This was pretty uncharacteristic of a Monthly bill Belichick-coached Patriots staff. All they required to do to seal a first-spherical bye and the No. 2 seed in the AFC was to defeat a Dolphins workforce that had received just 4 video games just before Sunday. As an alternative, Miami stunned New England 27-24, even however the Pats have been favored by seventeen factors. Most about was how Miami exploited New England’s defense, how receiver DeVante Parker wrecked Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, how Ryan Fitzpatrick persistently carved up the device. Now, the Patriots will host the Titans in the wild-card round, the 1st time New England has played in this round in the playoffs considering the fact that 2009. It has designed the playoffs, even though, eleven seasons in a row. The Patriots have hardly ever received the Tremendous Bowl when they had to play in the wild-card spherical.

John Dorsey

The common supervisor of the Browns had been generally peaceful, avoiding commenting publicly on Cleveland’s underwhelming 2019 period. But soon after the staff lost to a Bengals squad that entered Sunday with just just one victory, Dorsey warrants as a great deal criticism for the mess of a Browns season as does Freddie Kitchens, whom the group fired several hours after the finale. The Browns completed the period with a even worse history (six-ten) than very last time (7-8-one), despite additions like receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the expectation that youthful gamers like quarterback Baker Mayfield would development. Kitchens stubbornly held on to perform-contacting duties, mismanaged the personalities in the locker room and suffered recurring activity-administration blunders. Very last offseason, when the Cleveland emptiness was essentially 1 of the extra desirable types out there, Dorsey employed Kitchens. Now, with the workforce seemingly owning regressed and a different coaching search imminent, Dorsey, way too, ought to be held accountable. Mainly because if his upcoming seek the services of flops, his job could before long be in risk, as well.

Adhere to United states Today Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes on Twitter @LorenzoGReyes.


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