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The NFL Weekly Recap: Week 17

We bring you all the recent updates and news from around the league in this week’s recap of the NFL. We have officially wrapped up the 2020 regular season in what was a crazy year all the way through. Now we look ahead towards Wild Card weekend at which teams were able to secure themselves a playoff spot and which teams dropped out of the race.

Buccaneers dominate the  Falcons

It was just another day at the office for Tom Brady as he put up huge numbers once again against the Buccaneers division rivals. Antonio Brown happened to be the star of the show with 11 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns on the day (earning him $250,000 with a total of 45 catches on the season) throughout their 44-27 victory over the now 4-12 Atlanta Falcons. Tampa now moved up to 11-5 on the season which marks the first time they hit 11 wins since 2005. Tampa Bay now moves onto face the Washington Football Team in the Wild Card round next week.

Giants fall just short of postseason despite win over Cowboys

Daniel Jones was able to will his team to a 23-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the hopes of saving the Giants season and making the postseason. Unfortunately, those hopes were crushed later that night as Washington had won their game and eliminated the Giants from playoff contention. The win moved the Giants up to 6-10 on the season while Dallas fell to 6-10 with not many positives to take away from this game.

Patriots take care of business against Jets

It seemed as if the Jets were starting to get themselves onto a bit of a roll to end the season but that, unfortunately, came to an end after their 28-14 loss to the New England Patriots. It was an interesting game throughout as Cam Newton was able to reel in a touchdown reception on a trick play that ended up completely confusing the Jets secondary. This game didn’t truly mean anything other than a draft position as the Jets secured the number two spot in the draft at 2-14 while New England moved up a spot at 7-9.

Justin Jefferson breaks record during the Vikings win over Lions

This was another game that didn’t have any playoff implications, but it ended up being one of the best games of the week. Minnesota was able to overcome a lot of Detroit scoring to pull away with a 37-35 victory over their division rivals. But the main storyline of this matchup was when Jefferson was able to break the record for most receiving yards by a rookie in the Super Bowl era, as he eclipsed 1,400 yards this weekend. Minnesota ended the year on a good note at 7-9 while Detroit has a lot of holes to fill in during the offseason at 5-11.

Cleveland secures themselves a playoff spot

The Cleveland Browns needed a victory this week in order to clinch a wild card spot in the AFC playoff picture and they did just that. They were able to overcome half of the Pittsburgh Steelers roster en route to their 24-22 victory that came down to the last possession. Pittsburgh rested a good amount of their starters in this matchup, so this game was ten times more important for the Browns as it was for the Steelers. However, the win clinches Cleveland a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, finishing with an 11-5 record. Pittsburgh remains as the number three seed for the AFC at 12-4.

Ravens blowout Bengals 

Baltimore was able to tally over 400 rushing yards in this uneven matchup against their division rivals. That stat alone should give you all the information you need on how this game went. The Ravens took a dominating 38-3 win over Cincinnati to clinch themselves a playoff spot in the AFC while simultaneously moving up to 11-5 on the year while the Bengals look towards next year at 4-11-1. 

Buffalo eliminates Miami from playoff contention

This game ended up being one of the best games of the week as the Bills were able to dominate Miami through four quarters to win this game 56-26. Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled, throwing three interceptions and only one touchdown. On the other hand, Josh Allen stuffed the stat sheet with 224 passing yards and three touchdowns to go along with an interception before being pulled in the second half. Buffalo locked up the number two seed in the AFC with their 13-3 record on the year while the Dolphins were sadly eliminated from contention despite their 10-6 record.

Seahawks defeat 49ers in grudge match

It was one of those games that looked a lot uglier than the score suggests. Seattle won the game 26-23 but the score was only 6-3 by the time halftime rolled around. Russell Wilson had a solid game with 181 yards and two touchdown and no interceptions while C.J. Beathard put up 273 yards and a touchdown himself. The win kept Seattle at the number three seed in the NFC with their 12-4 record while the 49ers were already eliminated from the postseason at 6-10.

Wolford and Rams eliminate Cardinals from postseason

Unfortunately, this game was not what it was hyped up to be entering the week. The winner of this game was going to lock themselves into the postseason but neither of these teams were able to play at full strength, with Arizona missing Kyler Murray for the majority of the game while the Rams didn’t have Jared Goff available. However, it was a tough and gritty game for each side with the Rams coming out on top 18-7. Arizona fell to 8-8 with the loss while the Rams moved up to 10-6 and face off against their division rivals the Seahawks in the Wild Card round.

Saints intercept Panthers five times in dominating win

The Saints were battling it out for the number one seed in the NFC but were unable to obtain that despite their 33-7 win over their division rivals. New Orleans was able to run all over this young Panthers defence without their entire running back room due to being in close contact with Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19. Carolina was already eliminated from the playoffs, so this was a meaningless game for them, a game which saw both Teddy Bridgewater and PJ Walker throw a combined five interceptions. The Saints went up to 12-4 on the year while the Panthers dropped to 5-11.

Colts defeat Jaguars to clinch playoff spot

Indianapolis was on the verge of missing the postseason despite their 11-5 record on the year but had clinched their position with their 28-14 win over their division rivals. Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor stole the show this week as he took 30 carries for 253 yards and two touchdowns. However, Jacksonville doesn’t have anything to be upset about as they clinched the number one pick in the upcoming NFL draft finishing as the worst team in the NFL with a record of 1-15

Titans outlast Texans in a thrilling shootout

Derrick Henry is just phenomenal. He was able to take 34 carries for 250 yards and two touchdowns, a stat line that saw him eclipse the 2,000-yard mark on the season. The Titans needed every single yard out of him today during their 41-38 victory over the Texans that saw Deshaun Watson throw for 365 yards and three touchdowns, but lose to a walk-off field goal in a thrilling end to the game. Tennessee moved up to 11-5 and clinched a postseason spot while the Texans don’t have much to build on at 4-12 and without their first-round draft pick.

Raiders pick up motivating win over Broncos

This matchup had no playoff implications whatsoever, but the Las Vegas Raiders were able to outlast their struggling division rivals in a 32-31 affair. Both Derek Carr and Drew Lock were able to pass for over 300 yards in this game that featured mostly offence and very little defence. The win brought the Raiders to 8-8 on the season while the Broncos fall to 5-11.

Chargers roll over the Chiefs without Mahomes

Each of these teams didn’t have anything to play for as the Chargers had already been eliminated from the playoffs while the Chiefs had secured the number one seed in the AFC heading into this matchup. Rookie phenom Justin Herbert had thrown for 302 yards and three touchdowns during Los Angeles’ 38-21 victory over their division rivals the Chiefs who didn’t play superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chargers move up to 7-9 on the season while the Chiefs drop to 14-2.

Packers walk past the Bears to clinch number one seed in the NFC

Many fans were hoping to see the Packers lose this game and fall out of the number one seed in the NFC, but they did just the opposite this week. Green Bay won this game 35-16 despite starting the game off very slowly. It was just another day at the office for Aaron Rodgers as he threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns, making it look easy out there and seemingly locking in his case for the MVP trophy. Chicago was able to squeak into the playoffs regardless of the loss at 8-8 while the Packers get a bye week to start the playoffs.

Eagles intentionally lose game against Washington

Philadelphia had nothing to play for this matchup except the lives of the Giants and their playoff hopes. The Eagles were able to pick up a 14-10 lead over their division rivals and looked to be on track to win the game until head coach Doug Pederson chose to bench rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts in favour of third-string quarterback Nate Sudfield in the fourth quarter. The next two possessions of the game for Philadelphia were turnovers with Sudfield at quarterback. The Eagles moved up in the draft and eliminated the Giants from playoff contention while the Football Team is now locked in to face off against the Buccaneers.

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