What We Acquired in N.F.L. Week 17


San Francisco, Green Bay and Kansas Metropolis all came through with huge wins, joining the Ravens as the 4 playoff groups with initial-spherical byes.

Here’s what we realized:

Marshawn Lynch, in his 1st week back again from retirement, ran on to the subject in the waning times of a essential recreation versus the 49ers hoping to punch the ball in for a activity-successful touchdown from the one-garden line. Some confusion on the subject, and Seattle obtaining applied its final timeout, mixed to run the play clock down to zero, resulting in a shocking hold off-of-video game penalty that backed the Seahawks up to San Francisco’s 6-property line.

Soon after a pair of incompletions — one particular of which appeared to be the consequence of a missed pass interference simply call — led to a 4th-and-intention, Russell Wilson linked with tight close Jacob Hollister, who was crushed to the turf by linebacker Dre Greenlaw at the goal line in a engage in that was eerily reminiscent of the Julio Jones catch that beat San Francisco in 7 days fifteen. The two sides immediately considered they experienced gained the sport, but replays showed Hollister was stopped just short of scoring, all but handing the get to the 49ers who just had to run seven seconds off the clock.

The hold off of video game penalty, and the subsequent defensive prevent, gave the 49ers a initially-round bye, house-subject advantage during the playoffs, and some redemption for their time beyond regulation decline to Seattle in 7 days 10.

Aaron Rodgers was intercepted, giving the Lions a respectable shot to acquire. Green Bay’s protection proceeded to keep for a 3-and-out, and Rodgers drove his crew down the industry to set up Mason Crosby for a recreation-successful 33-lawn area goal — just as the Packers, who arrived in as twelve.five-stage favorites, planned it.full of doubt and confusion, the Patriots had as effortless a path to a to start with-spherical bye as Eco-friendly Bay, and an even much more hapless opponent in the Dolphins. But Miami, finding some revenge for an unappealing 43- decline in 7 days 2, delivered an enormous upset when Ryan Fitzpatrick hit tight end Mike Gesicki for a go-forward five-yard landing go with 24 seconds remaining in the match. Quarterback Tom Brady, who contributed to his team’s failure with a decide-six in the 2nd quarter, will now participate in in the wild-card spherical for the initial time because 2009, though the Chiefs, who beat the Chargers, will be capable to rest right until the divisional round.

  • The Titans and the Eagles are playoff teams.It took till the regular season’s ultimate day, but Tennessee and Philadelphia done their amazing late-year surges by winning on Sunday and qualifying for the playoffs. The Titans, whose season turned all over when Ryan Tannehill was named starting quarterback in 7 days seven, did not really require the get to protected the A.F.C.’s 2nd wild card because Pittsburgh and Oakland misplaced their video games. But the Eagles, who trailed Dallas in the N.F.C. East until eventually a substantial get past 7 days, would have been removed by a reduction many thanks to the Cowboys’ blowout get in excess of Washington.

  • N.F.L.’s 1,000-one,000 club, ending the season with one,387 speeding yards and one,005 acquiring yards. Although Roger Craig was the centerpiece of a ten-six 49ers team when he launched the statistical club in 1985, and Marshall Faulk was shifting soccer for a thirteen-three Rams staff on its way to a Tremendous Bowl earn in the 1999 year, McCaffrey’s Panthers, who dealt with a year-ending injuries to quarterback Cam Newton and the firing of Coach Ron Rivera, concluded with an unsightly 5-eleven record. In the conclusion, McCaffrey’s two,392 yards from scrimmage gave him the 3rd most in an N.F.L. season, driving Faulk’s 2,429 and Chris Johnson’s two,509.in accordance to Pro Football Reference, that will make him the to start with player to have equally 30 passing touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the exact same 12 months. That the interception was returned for a touchdown gave Winston an N.F.L.-history 7 select-6s for the period, and offered him a perfect bookend for his expiring rookie agreement: Equally his initial and possibly his last passes for Tampa Bay were intercepted and returned for touchdowns.forty one-12 months-outdated N.F.L. document by working for 3,296 yards as a group this period.firing of Pat Shurmur of the Giants. Other coaches who could be on the way out on Monday, or quickly immediately after, consist of Jason Garrett of the Cowboys and Doug Marrone of the Jaguars. Neither the Redskins nor the Panthers are predicted to keep their interim head coaches.

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    aiding the workforce clinch a division title.caught a pass from Matt Ryan in stride, and outran Tampa Bay’s defense into the conclude zone to deliver the N.F.L.’s seventh receiving touchdown by a 300-pound player this year — a document. The engage in went for 35 yards, breaking the former file for reception duration by a three hundred-pound player (twenty five yards, by restricted conclusion Kevin Brock in 2013).

    Jaguars 38, Colts 20There is no telling what Jacksonville’s designs at quarterback will be future year, but Gardner Minshew closed this year on a superior take note, with 295 passing yards and touchdown passes to three various receivers.

    Bengals 33, Browns 23The pressure was off for Cincinnati, as final week’s loss clinched the No. 1 decide in the 2020 draft and the appropriate to find Louisiana State’s Joe Burrow. That freed Andy Dalton to go out and drive the ultimate nail into the coffin of Cleveland’s period even though earning his 70th, and probably previous, acquire for the Bengals.