Upon Further Review - Week 17

By: Jen Halvorson

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Packers @ Lions

An injury-filled season for the Green Bay Packers made the Detroit Lions win seem inevitable.The Lions dominated, capitalizing on Packers careless mistakes, ending their season with a 35-11 victory at home.

Detroit forced multiple turnovers, stifling Green Bay’s scoring efforts in the red zone a number of times. A Packers punt-gone-wrong lead to Matthew Stafford sailing an easy 3-yard pass to Marvin Jones Jr. in the endzone, putting the Lions up 17-3 in the second quarter.

Stafford finished the game with 20 for 29 completions and 323 yards. Not to mention, he had the second-highest passer rating of his career at 140.4.

Green Bay QB Brett Hundley finished with 14 for 24 completions for 172 yards. His passer rating this game was 59.7, less than half of Staffords.

Texans @ Colts

Both teams not making the postseason, this game only had one thing to fight for: NFL Draft pick order. The Indianapolis Colts 22-13 win over the Houston Texans solidified their No. 3 pick come draft time in 2018.

Colts’ QB Jacoby Brissett completed 15 of 25 for 114 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Chester Rodgers had 39-yards, followed closely by Jack Doyle for 38-yards.

Colts’ RB Frank Gore passed for 100 yards, he only need 39 more yards to reach 1,000-yards passing this season.

Texans’ QB T.J. Yates completed 14 of 24 passes for 137-yards. RB Alfred Blue rushed for 39-yards with 36-yards receiving. WR Chris Thompson had 3 receptions for 54-yards.

Jets @ Patriots

Anytime the word “Jets” appears next to “Patriots”, it’s safe to assume viewers are in for a hard-charging victory in favor of the Pats. This is exactly what happened when New England wrapped up their regular season with a 26-6 win over New York.

Pats’ RB Dion Lewis finished the game with a season-high 26 carries for 93-yards. WR Bradin Cooks had 11 catches for 79-yards and a touchdown. QB Tom Brady passed for 18 of 37 completions, with a 48.6 passing percentage, uncommonly low for Brady’s usual numbers.

Jets’ QB Bryce Petty completed 19 of 36 for 232-yards passing.

The win puts New England at the top of the AFC and a home field advantage moving into the playoffs.

Cowboys @ Eagles

Still noticeably without QB Carson Wentz and other key components, the Eagles were upset by the Cowboys in a very low-scoring game, 6-0 Dallas.

Frigid temperatures made the game quite offensive-less. Neither team was able to capitalize, until the fourth quarter when Dallas QB Dak Prescott connected to WR Brice Butler in the endzone, ending a 99-yard drive for the Cowboys.

Prescott passed for 179-yards against Philadelphia.

On the other end, Eagles’ QB Nick Foles had a disappointing performance. He only completed 4 of 11 passes for 39-yards, plus an interception.

Philly has a first-round bye in the playoff schedules, without Carson Wentz, the hope for the Eagles is that Foles can pull it together to lead his team as far as possible.

Bills @ Dolphins

Bills fans unite! A 22-16 win over the Dolphins granted Buffalo a Wild Card slot in the playoffs.

Did poor sportsmanship lose Miami the game? Dolphins’ WR Jarvis Landry and RB Kenyan Drake were ejected in the fourth quarter against Bills.

Bills’ QB Tyrod Taylor completed 19 of 27 passes for 204 yards, also rushing six times for 35-yards.

Dolphins’ QB David Fales completed 29 of 42 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown. Landry had 92-yards and a touchdown, Drake rushed 14 times for 75-yards before both players were ejected late in the game.

Raiders @ Chargers

Another matchup in the final week of NFL regular season play where neither team will be heading to the playoffs. Raiders continued on a four game losing streak, after adding, yet another, L to their record. The Chargers defeated Oakland 30-10 on Sunday.

The Chargers ran up the score early, making it 20-10 at the half. The Raiders were struggling on both fronts, unable to get a rhythm going throughout the game. On the flip-side, L.A. was making big plays all over the field. The two biggest being WR Tyrell Williams getting open and capturing the 56-yard touchdown for the Chargers. Later in the game, WR Travis Benjamin capitalized on a 62-yard touchdown.

L.A. QB Philip Rivers passed for 387 yards and finished the game with a 135.8 passer rating and three touchdowns.

49ers @ Rams

Jimmy Garoppolo continued to be the ammunition for the 49ers to hand, yet another, upset to a team, this week it was the Rams. Following their 5-0 winning streak to wrap up the season, San Francisco took down L.A. 34-13.

Garoppolo threw for 292-yards completing 20 of 33 passes with two touchdowns and a passer rating of 84.4.

In the Rams defense, they had already secured the NFC West title, and decided to rest some of their key players for this game in order to have them well-rested come playoffs.

Saturday the Rams will face the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Chiefs @ Broncos

In his first start in the NFL, Chiefs Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II, leads his team past the Broncos to round out their winning season. The victory was no easy feat, but the Chiefs came out on top 27-24.

With QB Alex Smith returning for the Chiefs come playoffs, the backup in Mahomes and the league’s leading rusher in Rookie RB Kareem Hunt, not to mention a line of key component players on top of them. Kansas City is shaping up to have a solid postseason.

Mahomes completed 24 of 35 passes for 284-yards.

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch threw for 254-yards, completing 21 of 31 passes. He also had two touchdowns, two interceptions and was sacked five times.

The Chiefs will face the Tennessee Titans next, as the other Saturday Wild Card Game.

Bears @ Vikings

The Vikings maintained their reputation this season as one of the teams to beat, while handing another L to Chicago, 23-10.

Penalties, poor defense, and unable to capitalize on offense, all things that won’t win you a football game, and everything that the Bears seemed to do.

It was all Vikings on Sunday, and it all started from them scoring on their first possession.

Minnesota QB Case Keenum threw for 187-yards with one touchdown and a passer rating of 101.1.

Bears QB completed 20 of 36 passes for 178-yards. Jordan Howard had 12 carries and rushed for 22-yards, while Dontrelle Inman caught five passes for 94-yards.

The NFC North Champions have a first round bye in the playoffs. Minnesota’s first postseason game will be on Sunday, January 14th, 2018.

Browns @ Steelers

The Browns joined the ‘08 Detroit Lions on Sunday, as the only other team in NFL history to go an entire season without winning a game. The Steelers solidified that fact in their 28-24 win on Sunday.

Steelers Backup QB Landry Jones completed 23 of 27 passes for 239-yards and one touchdown. RB Stevan Ridley had 17 carries for 80-yards and WR Juju Smith-Schuster caught nine passes for 143 yards plus a touchdown.

Pittsburgh secured a first-round bye in the playoffs and will play their first postseason game on Sunday, January 14th, 2018.

Redskins @ Giants

When neither team is playing in the postseason, which one will end the regular season sweeter? This time around, the Giants took the cake, defeating the Redskins 18-10.

New York QB Eli Manning completed 10 of 28 passes for 132-yards and one touchdown plus one interception.

Washington QB Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 37 for 158-yards and three interceptions.

The Giants will also secure the 2nd overall draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft. They also will be in the hands of a new head coach and general manager.

Jaguars @ Titans

Jaguars already had their spot set in the playoffs, but it was a certain matter for Tennessee. The Titans 15-10 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday, granted them just what they needed for the coveted postseason slot.

Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles completed 15 of 34 passes for 158-yards with two interceptions.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 12 of 21 for 134-yards and one touchdown.

The Titans will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round of playoffs this Saturday, while the Jaguars will take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Bengals @ Ravens

A very disappointing loss for the Ravens, when all they needed was a win to secure their playoff spot. Instead, the Bengals came out and disrupted Baltimore’s plans, handing them a 31-27 loss at home.

Cincinnati worked up a 17-3 lead over the Ravens before Chris Moore ran back a Bengals kick for 87-yards. The very next play, Moore again with a catch in the endzone to put Baltimore back in the game.

A trend of the Bengals pulling a head and the Ravens unexpectedly sneaking back in, continued throughout the game. Cincinnati was just able to capitalize more on every mistake Baltimore made, and their offense didn’t fall short either.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 25 of 47 for 203-yards passing with two touchdowns and one interceptions.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 23 of 44 for 222-yards passing and three touchdowns.

Neither team will be playing in postseason.

Cardinals @ Seahawks

Arizona ended their season on a high note, defeating the Seahawks 26-24 on Seattle’s home field.

Cardinals QB Drew Stanton started the game off early, pulling his team to a quick lead with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown. Stanton continued to lead his team, completing 15 of 34 passes for 145-yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 18 of 29 passes for 221-yards and two touchdowns. Statistically a better game than Stanton, but it didn’t matter this time around.

The game ended close, but it was the Cardinals that went home happy.

Panthers @ Falcons

Atlanta takes the Panthers down, 22-10 to wrap up their regular season and clinch a playoff spot.

The game was tied at 7 in the first half, but the Falcons Kicker Matt Bryant made five field-goals in the second half that put Atlanta above the Panthers and onto a victory.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 28 of 45 passes for 317-yards with one touchdown.

Carolina QB Cam Newton completed 14 of 34 passes for 180-yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Atlanta will take on the L.A. Rams on Saturday in the Wild Card Round, while Carolina will face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the playoffs.

Saints @ Buccaneers

In another close game to end the regular season, the Buccaneers came out to play and energize their fans at home. They sealed their season-wrap victory over the Saints by a late 39-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Chris Godwin to put Tampa Bay up 31-24.

Winston completed 28 of 51 passes for 363-yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Saints QB Drew Brees completed 22 of 30 passes for 245-yards with one touchdown.

New Orleans will plays the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs on Sunday.