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10 Things We Learned From NFL Week 16

 

1. Patriots Overtime Loss

The Patriots fought their way back to force the game into overtime. After winning the coin toss, due to a miss communication, they actually chose to kick-off instead of receive the ball. The Jets took this gift the distance of the field ending the game with an Eric Decker touchdown.

 

2. Panthers Unbeaten No More

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There wasn’t much “dabbing” by Cam Newton and the Panthers in this game. Julio Jones and the Falcons were out for blood and ended the Panthers’ hopes at a perfect season.

 

3. Gore Returns Home

Frank Gore returned to Miami where he was born and played his college ball and helped lead the Colts to victory over the Dolphins. He had one of his best games of the season with 85 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

 

4. Marshall’s Record Season

Brandon Marshall is breaking records left and right this season. He and Decker have both scored a touchdown in eight games this season—the most by a pair of teammates in NFL history. Marshall passed 100 receptions this Sunday making this his sixth 100-catch season. As you can imagine, this is the most in NFL history. Now with 101 receptions heading into week 17, Marshall passed Al Toon’s 93 catches for the most in a single season in the Jets’ franchise history. Marshall is also very close to having the franchise’s most receiving yards in season with only 58 yards behind Don Maynard’s record.

 

5. Texans’ Big Win

Brandon Weeden led the Texans to a 34-6 win over the Titans which basically clinches a playoff spot of them. After seeing Arian Foster go down, nobody expected the Texans to make the playoffs and really nobody thought Brandon Weeden would be helping them do it.

 

6. Redskins From Worst To First

After finishing last in the NFC East last season with a 4-12 record, the Redskins clinched the division last week with an 8-7 record heading into week 17. It seems like coach Gruden made the correct choice with trusting Cousins to lead his team instead of RGIII.

 

7. Chiefs Win Nine Straight

After winning nine straight games, the Chiefs sit at 10-5 and are the second team in NFL history to make the playoffs after starting the season 1-5. They are undoubtedly one of the hottest teams in football right now. The Chiefs are extremely dangerous, and they will look to make a lot of noise this postseason.

 

8. Cardinals On A Mission

The Cardinals lose Tyrann Mathieu last week, but the defense didn’t look hindered at all. In fact, they completely embarrassed the Packers. The defense finished with two touchdowns, nine sacks (three coming from Dwight Freeney), 12 QB hits, three fumble recoveries, and an interception while holding the Packers to just eight points. The offense had their own success racking up 381 yards (6.8 yards per play) and three touchdowns. Arizona looks like the most balanced team heading into the playoffs, and they definitely are one of the most dangerous teams.

 

9. Packers vs Vikings Moved To Prime-Time

After the Packers’ big loss and the Vikings’ big win, this NFC North matchup will be moved to Sunday Night Football. This game will be more than just a division rivalry. The winner of this game will be the NFC North champion while the loser will be a wild card.

 

10. Playoff Picture

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We now know the six teams that will be in the playoffs for the NFC, but the seeds can still change. The Panthers will keep the one-seed with a win, but if they lose, a Cardinals win would reward them the top position. The Packers sit at number three, but that position will belong to the winner of the Vikings vs Packers game. The Redskins are firmly in the fourth seed, and the Seahawks are the other wild card.

The AFC is a little bit more complicated. If the Patriots win, they will have home-field advantage. If they lose, a Broncos win would give them the home-field advantage. If both lose, that opens the door for the Bengals. The Texans have basically clinched the four-seed, but the Colts are still technically alive. The Chiefs have clinched the playoffs, but have a chance to win the division if they win and the Broncos lose. The Jets will get the other wild card spot if they win this week against the Bills. If the Jets lose, the Steelers will get that spot if they are able to defeat the Browns.

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