Upon Further Review - Week 17 - Dec 31, 2018

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@Nabeeladamji

Monday, December 31, 2018


PANTHERS @ SAINTS

It was Teddy Bridgewater vs Kyle Allen in the last game of the season, and al

Allen threw for 228 yards and two TDs as the Panthers pounded the Saints 33-14 in New Orleans Sunday.

Allen also ran for a score in the win for Carolina, as they snapped a seven game losing streak to end off the year. But it wasn’t all sugar plum fairies (sorry I’m still not over Christmas) as Allen was injured in the fourth quarter, but not before he led the Panthers to three TDs and a field goal on their first four drives.  He was replaced by Garrett Gilbert who went 2 for 3 for 40 yards.  AH-MAZING.

Teddy Bridgewater started his first game since December 2015 and completed 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards a TD and an interception.  Michael Thomas

JETS @ PATRIOTS

Even when the Patriots suck, they don’t actually suck.

Tom Brady threw three first half TDs as the Pats clinched their ninth straight first round bye with a 33-8 win over the Jets. 

Jets rookie Sam Darnold completed 16 of 28 passes for 167 yards, but had a fumble that gave the Pats a TD. The Jets have lost the last nine of ten games. 

Brady, on the other hand, completed 24 of 33 passes for 250 yards and four TDs in the win.

LIONS @ PACKERS

The Packers season ended with a big ol’ dud as the Lions left them scoreless in a 33-0 win on Sunday in Green Bay.

The Packers were down 21-0 at the half and lost Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter to a concussion (it’s seriously the last game of the year, guys).

Matthew Stafford threw for 266 yards and two TDs, both to T.J Jones, while kicker Matt Prater’s 8-yard pass on a fake field-goal to Levin Toilolo was enough to seal the deal.

 

The Lions have won four straight against NFC North rivals for the first time since 1982-83.  With their season long over, I guess this was a nice touch to top off Matt Patricia’s first year as HC.

 

DOLPHINS @ BILLS

The Bills do know it’s too late to start winning now right?

Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams called it a career after 13 years, and Josh Allen and the Bills got the retirement party started with a 42-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.  They even let him catch a pass. Aww.

Allen had a career best three TD passes (LOL) and scored two more rushing. Tremaine Edmunds had a one handed interception and added a sack to complete a 6-10 season that saw the Bills win the last four of their final seven games.

Allen was part of the Bills defense that had four sacks and forced four turnovers in a win that saw them put up 42 points, the most since a 45-16 win over the 49ers in 2016. 

Ryan Tannehill went 18 of 31 for 147 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble for Maim. The Dolphins defense allowed 381 yards to finish the year with a franchise worst 6.257 yards allowed.

 

FALCONS @ BUCCANEERS

Matt Ryan threw for 373 yards and two TDs in the Falcons 34-32 win over the Bucs in Tamps on Sunday.

Dirk Koetter fell to 19-29 in three seasons as the Bucs coach. And then, just like that, he was gone.  Julio Jones had nine receptions for 138 yards while Mohamed Sanu had seven catches for 90 yards.

 

JAGUARS @ TEXANS

The Texans clinched the AFC South title with a 20-3 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Houston went 0-3 to start the season, and quickly picked themselves off the ground, winning their last 11 of 13 games to secure their playoff berth. 

Deshaun Watson threw for 234 yards and ran for a TD, while DeAndre Hopkins had 147 yards receiving in the win. Hopkins is the fourth player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in multiple seasons.

Blake Bortles went 15 of 28 for 107 yards in the loss, and was sacked by JJ Watt 1 ½ times in the loss.

The Texans will make their fifth playoff appearance after winning the division for the fifth time in franchise history.

COWBOYS @ GIANTS

Dak Prescott and Co are ready for the playoffs.

Prescott threw a 32 yard fourth down TD pass to Cole Beasley as the Cowboys squeezed by the Giants with a 36-35 win in New York Sunday.

This was the seventh win in eight games for the Cowboys, who earned an NFC Wild Card spot. 

This may or may not be Eli Manning’s last game as a Giant, but all eyes were on Saquon Barkley who finished the game with 109 yards rushing and 142 yards from scrimmage.

49ERS @ RAMS

Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds caught two TD passes each, as the Rams beat the 49ers 48-32 to clinch a first round playoff bye. 

Cory Littleton returned one of his two interceptions for a TD as the Rams attempt to win a playoff game for the first time since 2004.

C.J Andersen rushed for 132 yards and a TD in his second 100-yard game in place of Todd Gurley, who sat out to rest his knees. 

George Kittle set the NFL’s single season record for yards receiving by a tight end with 1,377 after catching a 43-yard pass with 2:20 left. Nick Mullens passes for 282 yards with three TDs and three interceptions for the 49ers, who now have five consecutive non winning seasons under their belts.

CHARGERS @ BRONCOS

 The Chargers are 12-4.  The Chargers are on the road for a wild card game. This is life.

Philip Rivers was 14 of 24 for 176 yards and a TD, but threw three interceptions in their 23-9 win over the Broncos.  This was the third time in his career Philips was intercepted twice in the first half.

The Broncos offense accumulated a solid nine whole points with a TD from Andy Janovich and a field goal from Brandon McManus.

 

EAGLES @ REDSKINS

Well, they made it! 

Nick Foles in all his glory came back to lift the Eagles to the playoffs with a 24-0 win over the Redskins Sunday.   

Philadelphia controlled the ball for 43 minutes as the Eagles defense held Washington to 89 total yards in offense.

After leading the NFL Eat with a 6-3 record, the Skins lost their last six of seven. Josh Johnson was 12 of 17 for 91 yards and one pick in the loss.

Foles finished the game going 28 of 33 for 221 yards two TDs and an interception.

CARDINALS @ SEAHAWKS

Sebastian Janikowski’s 33-yard field goal on the final play of the game was enough to give the Seahawks their sixth season with 10 wins as the Hawks beat the Cardinals 27-24 on Sunday.

Chirs Carson rushed for a career high 122 yards and a TD, while Russell Wilson was sacked six times.  He went 12 of 21 for 152 yards a TD and an interception. 

Josh Rosen was 18 of 34 for 149 yards in the loss, and guaranteed the Cardinals would get the No 1 pick in the 201 draft.

BENGALS @ STEELERS

When the hopes and dreams of a playoff berth depend on the Cleveland Browns, you know you messed up.

And after the Browns loss to the Ravens (spoiler alert, see below), it was all over for the Steelers despite their 16-13 win over the Bengals. 

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 287 yards and a TD, while new kicker Matt McCrane kicked three field goals to secure the win. 

Joe Mixon Rushed for 105 yards for the Bengals, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

BEARS @ VIKINGS

The NFC North kings made sure to play their heart out, taking a 24-10 win over the Vikings and ending their playoff hopes at home on Sunday.

Jordan Howard rushed for 109 yards and had two scores in the win for Da Bears, who completed the sweep of the Viking for the first time since 2011.  

The Bears also posted their best regular season record since the 2006 team finished 13-3 and went to the Super Bowl. They’ve also won the last nine of 10 games.

RAIDERS @ CHIEFS

Patrick Mahomes is still good.

Mahomes threw his 50th TD of the year giving him more than 5,000 yards passing and the Chiefs clinched the No 1 Seed in the AFC with a 35-3 win over the Raiders.

Mahomes finished with 281 yards passing including a 67 yarder to Tyreek Hill, who finished with five catches for 101 yards and became the Chiefs single-season leader for yards receiving with 1,479. Damien Williams added 51 yards and a score for the Chiefs.  Travis Kelce had five catches for 62 yards giving him 1,336 total yards this season, and briefly broke the record for TE’s set by Gronk in 2011.  George Kittle broke that record minutes later.

Derek Carr finished 23 of 32 for 184 yards, while Doug Martin ran for 100 yards but lost a fumble.

BROWNS @ RAVENS

Lamar Jackson, everyone.

The Ravens pushed past the Browns with a 26-24 win to reach the playoff as the AFC North Champions.

Jackson had two rushing TDs, while Kenneth Dixon had 117 of the Ravens season high 296 yards on the ground. The Ravens, who were 5-4 under Joe Flacco turned this around with Jackson.

In all honestly, hats off to the Cleveland Browns for a great season.

Baker Mayfield threw three TD passes to finish with 27, an NFL record by a rookie.

COLTS @ TITANS

Marcus Mariota sat on the sideline and watched the Titans playoff hopes wither away as Andrew Luck and the Colts secured the final spot in the AFC with a 33-17 win on Sunday.

After a 1-5 start, the Colts notched their ninth win in 10 games, while Luck got his 11th straight victory for the most wins by a QB since 1970 to win his first 11 starts against a single franchise.  Marlon Mack ran for 119 yards and a TD, while Adam Vinatieri missed his final extra point.