This week’s NFL matchups had some profound playoff implications. Some teams had their hopes of competing in the postseason wiped away while others’ hope is still alive. Here’s a recap of Week 16 of the 2020 NFL Season.
Week 16 was kicked off on Christmas when the Saints hosted the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams have some history together, but the Saints were the better team. Alvin Kamara scored six touchdowns, which tied the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a game. Gale Sayers set that record 55 years ago. Kamara’s dominance led the Saints to a 52-33 win over the Vikings.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made light work of the Detroit Lions in week 16. Tom Brady threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bucs over Detroit 47-7. Mike Evans also had a big game for Tampa Bay, finishing with ten receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
The 49ers and Cardinals faced off in a late divisional game. San Fransico’s defense was able to hold Arizona’s offense to a minimum. San Fransico’s Jeff Wilson Jr. ran for 183 yards while C.J. Beathard threw for three touchdowns to help lead San Fransico to a 20-12 win.
Ryan Fitzpatrick gave the Miami Dolphins another magical performance vs. the Las Vegas Raiders. Fitzpatrick threw a pass down the sideline in the game’s final minute while a Raider’s defender grabbed his facemask. Mack Hollins caught the pass for 41 yards and put Miami in field goal position. Jason Sanders made the 44-yard field goal to win the game. The final score was 26-25.
The Chiefs win their 10th straight game over the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta made it difficult and had a chance to win the game but didn’t fully capitalize on the Kansas City mistakes. The final score was 17-14.
The Raven keeps their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Giants. Baltimore ran for 249 yards as a team. Lamar Jackson threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for another 80. The final score was 27-13. Baltimore improves to 10-5, and with a win over the Bengals in week 17, they can secure a spot into the postseason.
Speaking of the Bengals, they faced Deshaun Watson and the Texans. Brandon Allen threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns, while Samaje Perine ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Cincinnati edged out Houston to win, 37-31.
Baker Mayfield and the Browns struggled against the New York Jets. Yes, you read that right. After starting 0-13 and in the race for the #1 pick, the Jets beat the Rams last week and managed to beat the Browns this week. The final score was 23-16. With this win, the Jets have officially lost the #1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Dallas Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive vs. division rival Philadephia Eagles. Andy Dalton led the charge for Dallas, throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper both racked up 121 yards receiving, but Gallup scored twice, respectfully. The final score was 37-17. With a win next week, and another Washington loss, the Cowboys can find themselves as the NFC least, excuse me, I meant NFC East champions.
The Colts and Steelers faced off this week as these two teams have the potential to meet up again in the postseason. Big Ben carried the Steelers to a victory, as he threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns. With the win, the Steelers clinched the AFC North. The final score was 28-24.
Unlike the Jets, the Jaguars did a great job staying in and winning the #1 overall draft pick sweepstakes by losing to the Chicago Bears. Mitch Trubisky threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears. Chicago won by a score of 41-17, but the Jaguars may have won bigger. Jacksonville will likely draft #1 prospect QB, Trevor Lawrence, out of Clemson, who has touted to be one of the most NFL-ready prospects ever.
The Denver Broncos and LA Chargers faced off in week 16. Both teams aren’t playing for much, but it gives teams an extra chance to evaluate their future. For Denver, don’t be surprised if they move off of Drew Lock this offseason. For the Chargers, they may have found their franchise cornerstone. In the end, the Chargers won 19-16, and Justin Herbert also broke the rookie record for most passing touchdowns in a season.
The Titans traveled to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in a snowy game. The Packers’ offense was unstoppable, only punting one time. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns, three to Davante Adams. AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones combined for 218 yards rushing. Green Bay won by a final score of 40-14.
The Washington Football team took a tough loss to the Carolina Panthers, 20-13 in week 16. The Football Team go into week 17 in a win or go home situation for the playoffs. The Football Team also made a big move by cutting second-year QB Dwayne Haskins. Haskins has struggled mightily this season with on the field and off-field issues.
The Rams and Seahawks were matched up in a pivotal NFC West battle. Seatle’s defense played great, as they held the Rams without a touchdown. Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and a touchdown. The final score was 20-9.
In the week 16 finale, the Bill hosted division rival Patriots. The Bills defeated the Patriots 38-9 to clinch the AFC East for the first time since 1995. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs connection was dominant. They connected nine times for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
These teams are in a win or go home situation going into week 17:
Chicago Bears, Cardinals, Browns, Dolphins, Rams, Ravens, Titans, Washington, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Giants.