What We Realized From Week 16 of the N.F.L. Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame an enormous deficit to shock the Indianapolis Colts. The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs barely beat the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens continued their surge with a win over the Giants. The highest spot within the A.F.C. playoffs has been determined — as has the No. 1 choose in subsequent yr’s draft — however even a number of irrelevant groups confirmed some pluck Sunday. And the Inexperienced Bay Packers closed the night time in fashion with a blowout win over the Tennessee Titans.

Right here’s what we realized:

Dalton has taken his lumps this season, however he had his first 300-yard recreation in additional than a yr and stored Dallas alive within the race for the N.F.C. East. Dalton’s memorable efficiency in opposition to Philadelphia included completions of greater than 50 yards to a few totally different vast receivers (Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb).

It’s arduous for different runners to look notable after Alvin Kamara’s record-tying, six-touchdown efficiency for New Orleans on Friday, however Perine had a terrific day for Cincinnati within the Bengals’ 37-31 upset of the Houston Texans. Perine had a 46-yard run within the third quarter and put Cincinnati up to stick with a 3-yard rating within the recreation’s remaining two minutes.

Adams had one more dominant efficiency, together with his three touchdowns within the snow in opposition to the Tennessee Titans serving to Inexperienced Bay enhance to 12-3. Adams now has an N.F.L.-leading 17 receiving touchdowns this season — essentially the most by a participant since Rob Gronkowski in 2011. With 1,328 yards receiving, Adams is simply 58 in need of tying his profession excessive, which he set in 2018.

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Chiefs 17, Falcons 14 It was a quiet day by Kansas Metropolis’s lofty requirements, and the group’s working recreation seemed far much less efficient with out the injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire, however the Chiefs did have the silver lining of Travis Kelce reaching 1,416 yards receiving for the season, breaking the single-season report for a good finish set by George Kittle in 2018. Kelce has yet one more recreation so as to add to his whole, offered Kansas Metropolis doesn’t relaxation him in subsequent week’s irrelevant recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Packers 40, Titans 14 Inexperienced’s Bay’s consolation within the snow was evident because the Packers made fast work of Tennessee. Aaron Rodgers had the identical variety of touchdowns (4) as he had incompletions, A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones rushed for a mixed 218 yards and Davante Adams scored 3 times.

Steelers 28, Colts 24 At halftime, Indianapolis was romping to a simple win. The second half was one other story, because the Steelers stopped attempting to dink and dunk themselves to victory and had their aggressiveness repay in spades, with the group incomes its first A.F.C. North title in three seasons.

Seahawks 20, Rams 9 It was hardly an explosive effort, however Seattle clinched the N.F.C. West title, stored alive a small likelihood at a first-round bye, and continued to indicate dramatic enchancment on the defensive aspect of the ball. Regardless of its loss, Los Angeles controls its personal destiny subsequent week. A win would give the Rams a wild-card spot within the playoffs.

Ravens 27, Giants 13 The Giants’ third straight loss was largely a results of Baltimore’s offense overwhelming them, however the Ravens’ protection had a effective day as properly, making Daniel Jones’s life depressing with six sacks and 11 quarterback hits.

Jets 23, Browns 16 It took a complete group effort for Cleveland to lose, with Baker Mayfield finishing simply 28 of his 53 passes, the Browns’ celebrated working recreation averaging simply 2.5 yards a carry and the group’s protection making the Jets’ Sam Darnold look downright competent. A win would have clinched a playoff spot for Cleveland, however the Browns will now go into Week 17 combating with Miami, Baltimore and Indianapolis for the three wild-card spots within the A.F.C.

Panthers 20, Footballers 13 Curtis Samuel placed on a present for Carolina, piling up 158 yards from scrimmage, however the story of the day was quarterback Dwayne Haskins being benched for ineffective play on the heels of shedding his captaincy because of off-field conduct. You need to assume that Haskins’s days in Washington are numbered.

Cowboys 37, Eagles 17 The whole lot went proper for Dallas, with Andy Dalton throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns, Ezekiel Elliott dashing for 105 yards and Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb all placing on a present in opposition to Philadelphia’s overwhelmed secondary. Jalen Hurts topped 300 yards passing for a second consecutive week, however wasn’t capable of flip that yardage into sufficient factors.

Chargers 19, Broncos 16 Denver had the ball with an opportunity to win the sport within the remaining minute, however Drew Lock’s desperation heave was intercepted, handing Los Angeles its sixth win of the season.

Bears 41, Jaguars 17 It’s not like Jacksonville had any motivation to win — fairly the other — however watching Chicago put up 28 consecutive factors to begin the second half couldn’t have been very enjoyable. Chicago’s win, mixed with Arizona’s loss on Saturday, has the Bears in line for the N.F.C.’s remaining wild-card spot. That units up an entertaining Week 17 by which Chicago closes its season with a house recreation in opposition to the top-seeded Inexperienced Bay Packers, and the Cardinals have a troublesome matchup on the street in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams.

Bengals 37, Texans 31 Brandon Allen threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns and Samaje Perine ran for 95 yards and two scores, powering Cincinnati to its first street win since Sept. 30, 2018. Houston dropped to 4-11, having completely wasted a season of quarterback Deshaun Watson’s prime.

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