2016 NFL Week 17 Recap

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins is sacked by defensive back Leon Hall #25 and outside linebacker Devon Kennard #59 of the New York Giants in the third quarter at FedExField on January 1, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Giants 19
Redskins 10 Straight up — if the Redskins get outrushed 161-38, lose the turnover battle 3-0, and get Kirk Cousins sacked four times at home in a win-and-in playoff scenario — they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Giants enter the postseason having won nine of their last 11 games and sporting a 5-0 road playoff record since 2007. Forget the Patriots … nobody wants to see New York right now. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Rob Carr)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers raises his fist as he leaves the field after defeating the Detroit Lions 31-24 at Ford Field on January 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Packers 31
Lions 24 I’ll never doubt Aaron Rodgers again. He said Green Bay would run the table to win their fifth NFC North title in six years and they did. He’s the first Packer QB to lead the NFL in TD passes since Brett Favre in 2003. However, I have a hard time seeing his Packers — 5-5 in their last 10 home playoff games — surviving another visit from Big Blue. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Gregory Shamus)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)
Saints 32
Falcons 38 We’re in for a treat if we see this Atlanta offense against the Giants defense in the playoffs … Speaking of treats, Drew Brees has been an absolute joy to watch. There have been nine 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history … and Brees has five of them. It’s a shame New Orleans couldn’t put a better team around him. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Kevin C. Cox)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Seahawks 25
49ers 23 The only thing notable about San Francisco this season: Chip Kelly ends 2016 with as many wins as contract buyouts. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Thearon W. Henderson)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1:  Quarterback Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders with his arms outstretched in the first quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Raiders 6
Broncos 24 It looks like the end for Gary Kubiak, and he’s had a helluva run in Denver. Three rings as a coach and a 9-year career as John Elway’s backup make him a Bronco fan favorite. Oh, and remember what I said about Matt McGloin? Nevermind. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Dustin Bradford)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01:  Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs back a punt for 95 yards against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 1, 2017 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Chiefs 37
Chargers 27 Tyreek Hill joins former Chief Dante Hall as the only players since 1970 to score a 60 yard TD in four straight games. Can we start calling him the Human Joystick 2.0? There’s no joy in San Diego … Mike McCoy loses his job and the city might lose the team altogether. I’ll bet they miss Marty Schottenheimer now … (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 01:  Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams gets sacked by Rodney Gunter #95 of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of a 44-6 Rams loss at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Cardinals 44
Rams 6 How bad is the QB situation in Los Angeles? Their punter is their best passer. Perhaps Sean Payton can do something about that … (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Harry How)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns tries to avoid the oncoming rush of Dan McCullers-Sanders #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the overtime period during the game at Heinz Field on January 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Browns 24
Steelers 27 (OT) Cleveland is on the clock and RGIII is out of the record books. I can’t wait for his ESPN 30-for-30. And Terrelle Pryor should be an intriguing free agent; Sunday he became just the second player in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards in one season and 1,000 passing yards in another. Just don’t count on him staying in Cleveland. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Joe Sargent)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Cowboys 13
Eagles 27 Considering what Carson Wentz buys his blockers, what does he give Darren Sproles for a retirement gift? Speaking of retirement, Tony Romo’s has been postponed. His first TD pass since November 2015 ensured Dallas will have the phones ringing off the hook this offseason. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Rich Schultz)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 1:  Steve Smith Sr. #89 of the Baltimore Ravens waves to fans while walking off of the field after playing his final NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 27-10. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Ravens 10
Bengals 27 Baltimore surely won’t miss Cincinnati after a fifth straight loss there, but they’ll certainly miss Steve Smith. His goodbye was everything we’d expect from one of the best receivers — and best quotes — of all time. Canton won’t be complete without his Hall-of-Fame bust. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) (Getty Images/John Grieshop)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates wide receiver Michael Floyd (14) after Floyd scored a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game against Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Patriots 35
Dolphins 14 The last three times New England took their talents to South Beach, they lost. This time, they overcame hardship to clinch their sixth No. 1 seed. Considering, they’ve reached the Super Bowl on four of the last five such occasions, I like my chances to salvage my AFC Super Bowl pick. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (AP/Lynne Sladky)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  Jalin Marshall #89 of the New York Jets dives for a touchdown during the second half of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
Bills 10
Jets 30 If you think Rex Ryan had a bad year in Buffalo, just look what Reggie Bush did. And Mike Gillislee. Perhaps the Bills should take Marv Levy up on his offer … (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Ed Mulholland)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Sam Bradford #8 and Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the first half of the game against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Bears 10
Vikings 38 Well, Minnesota, at least you didn’t totally waste that first round pick on Sam Bradford. And I don’t know what John Fox is seeing but it certainly wasn’t progress. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Hannah Foslien)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 01:  Robert Mathis #98 of the Indianapolis Colts waves to the crowd after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jaguars 20
Colts 24 It was a celebration of old guys in Indianapolis: Robert Mathis registered a strip sack in his final game end his underrated career with 123 sacks in 14 seasons; and Frank Gore became the first Colt to rush for 1,000 yards in nearly a decade and the first player in 32 years to do so at age 33 or older. As amazing as that is, Indy really needs to get a lot younger in 2017. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Andy Lyons)
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) sits dejected in the end zone as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate after the Panthers failed on a 2-point conversion during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers won the game 17-16. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Panthers 16
Bucs 17 That weird noise in Tampa was the sound of all the things the Bucs needed to happen to make the playoffs not happening. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins is sacked by defensive back Leon Hall #25 and outside linebacker Devon Kennard #59 of the New York Giants in the third quarter at FedExField on January 1, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers raises his fist as he leaves the field after defeating the Detroit Lions 31-24 at Ford Field on January 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1:  Quarterback Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders with his arms outstretched in the first quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01:  Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs back a punt for 95 yards against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 1, 2017 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 01:  Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams gets sacked by Rodney Gunter #95 of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of a 44-6 Rams loss at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns tries to avoid the oncoming rush of Dan McCullers-Sanders #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the overtime period during the game at Heinz Field on January 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 1:  Steve Smith Sr. #89 of the Baltimore Ravens waves to fans while walking off of the field after playing his final NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 27-10. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates wide receiver Michael Floyd (14) after Floyd scored a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game against Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  Jalin Marshall #89 of the New York Jets dives for a touchdown during the second half of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Sam Bradford #8 and Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the first half of the game against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 01:  Robert Mathis #98 of the Indianapolis Colts waves to the crowd after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) sits dejected in the end zone as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate after the Panthers failed on a 2-point conversion during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers won the game 17-16. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

WASHINGTON — Coaches are fired, players retire, and RG3 finds a way to lose twice.

Here is WTOP’s Rob Woodfork’s NFL Week 17 Recap.


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