2018 NFL Week 17 Recap

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Colts 33
Titans 17 Don’t Indianapolis Lucky. The Colts are the third team in NFL history to rebound from a 1-5 start to make the playoffs, and Andrew Lucky is now 12-0 against the Titans in his career. This dude is pressing all the right buttons and should put a scare in the Texans next week. Tennessee has no reason to hang their heads, though. The Titans stayed in playoff contention with their starting QB and other key players sidelined with injuries. The AFC South should be a competitive division for years to come. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Andy Lyons)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Eagles 24
Redskins 0 This game was everything you’d expect from a Redskins season finale at FedEx Field: a sea of green Eagles jerseys. The burgundy jerseys showing up the same as the halftime showThe worst drive of the Snyder era. The ‘Skins don’t need a rebuild — they need to be blighted. Philadelphia, meanwhile, gets a shot at defending their championship, after all. Nick Foles set an NFL-record with 25 straight completions, and if healthy, might just work his magic in the Windy City against all odds — again. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to throw the ball in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Browns 24
Ravens 26 Lost in Baltimore’s first division title since 2012, was Terrell Suggs setting Ravens history in what could be his final regular season game in Charm City. Given the way his defense is earning its money and the rookie QB is playing, T-Sizzle’s career looks destined to continue playing beyond Sunday’s wild card contest. Here’s something we haven’t said in a longtime: Cleveland’s future looks bright. Baker Mayfield’s rookie-record 27 touchdown passes are even more impressive when you consider he didn’t even start the first two weeks of the season. Wouldn’t it be something if the Browns stole the coach from the city that stole their team nearly 20 years ago? (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass under pressure in the second half during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Bengals 13
Steelers 16 A year after playing spoiler in Baltimore, the Bengals nearly did it again in Pittsburgh in what could be the final chapter in the underwhelming Marvin Lewis era in Cincinnati (UPDATE: It is.). Given some of the rumored alternatives, that change may not necessarily be for the better. And change doesn’t come to Pittsburgh often, but after a week including a P.R. disaster and becoming the third team in NFL history to win at least seven of their first 10 games and miss the playoffs, it might be time for the Steelers to prepare for life after Mike Tomlin and Big Ben. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Bears 24
Vikings 10 Chicago is the NFL’s biggest overachiever — and now they’re the biggest threat to New Orleans in the NFC playoff bracket, while Minnesota’s promise morphed into an unexpectedly mediocre season. For the second time in three years, Kirk Cousins looked bad in a win-and-in Week 17 game, but this time had a bad look on the sideline too. Cousins has a lot to prove in 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) scrambles between Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (90) and defensive end Arden Key (99) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Raiders 3
Chiefs 35 In the week’s most predictable outcome, Patrick Mahomes became just the third QB in NFL history to throw 50 TDs in a season to lead Kansas City to a division title and the AFC’s top seed. The Raiders may be done with Oakland, but we’re nowhere close to done judging the start of Jon Gruden 2.0. He’d better hit on his three first-round picks in the upcoming draft, or else his team will have a hard time drawing interest in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) (AP/Ed Zurga)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, left, throws a pass under pressure from Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Chargers 23
Broncos 9 Los Angeles was again at a loss offensively, and considering what the Ravens did to the Chargers in their own building last week, I shudder to think what will happen Sunday in Baltimore. And if Denver fires Vance Joseph to go back to the future, the Broncos deserve everything that’s come to the Raiders this season. John Elway can’t afford to screw up another coach/QB decision. (UPDATE: Joseph is out.) (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, left, snags a one-handed touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Cardinals 24
Seahawks 27 Arizona is on the clock, and so is Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals legend needs to decide if 15 years in the desert is enough, and hopefully he gets to try and extend his streak of 227 straight games with a catch on a contender in 2019. Meanwhile, Seattle is on to Dallas in a matchup worthy of primetime. The Seahawks are the wild card of wild card weekend. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) (AP/John Froschauer)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle scores during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
49ers 32
Rams 48 As expected, Los Angeles gets a much-needed first-round bye and San Francisco finishes their fifth straight losing season and first winless road record since Bill Walsh’s rookie season in 1979. But even if Todd Gurley is healthy and ready to go in two weeks, a Rams defense lit up by Nick Mullens and Alfred Morris remains just cause to think they’ll be one-and-done. And George Kittle has to give the 49ers hope for the future, setting a single-season tight end record with 1,377 receiving yards, looking like the perfect security blanket for Jimmy Garoppolo when he returns. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 30:  Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants dives across the goal-line for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Cowboys 36
Giants 35 Give Dallas credit for winning a game that was as meaningless as it was thrilling … but Dak Prescott gashing a bad Giants defense isn’t the same as beating the surging Seahawks. The Giants suffered back-to-back 11-loss seasons for the first time since 1973-74, with Saquon Barkley’s record-setting rookie season the lone bright spot. If Big Blue wants to avoid a three-peat in the NFC East basement, they’d better find Eli Manning’s replacement fast. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) and defensive end Carlos Watkins (91) celebrate after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jaguars 3
Texans 20 Houston scored 27 percent of their points off turnovers this season, which they’ve forced in 13 straight games — both of which lead the league. They’ll need that to continue Saturday against the red-hot Colts. Speaking of turnovers, Jacksonville is the only NFL team to commit one in every game, and between that and the team’s lousy attitude, it might lead to some turnover in the organization. If not, expect more underachieving in 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) and defensive back Andrew Adams (26) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Falcons 34
Bucs 32 Good luck keeping up with the comings and goings in Tampa: Dirk Koetter is outDeSean Jackson wants out, and Jameis Winston is somehow coming back. The Bucs need a total rebuild and I’m not sure they’re wise enough to make it happen. Atlanta will be one of the teams to watch this offseason. They’re way too talented to be 7-9, and assuming good health and some key upgrades, the Falcons could be back in the playoffs in 2019. (UPDATE: They’re reshuffling their coaching staff.) (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio) (AP/Mark LoMoglio)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 30: Sam Darnold #14 of of the New York Jets reacts after a fumble caused by Deatrich Wise Jr. #91 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Jets 3
Patriots 38 New England set a ton of records in this, their 500th regular season win all-time, but none are more crucial or impressive than this: The Patriots have enjoyed a first-round by in nine straight seasons. That’s nearly a decade of being one of the two best teams in their conference. New England’s title hopes are faint, but still alive. Meanwhile, the Jets are … the Jets. They lost a tight end for ridiculous reasons and then their coach after three straight losing seasons. GM Mike Maccagnan better hit this next coaching hire out of the park, or else the Jets risk making Sam Darnold the next Matthew Stafford. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Jim Rogash)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) goes to slide on a carry between Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) and defensive end Bryan Cox (91) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Panthers 33
Saints 14 I know he struggled in his first start since 2015, but it was good to see Teddy Bridgewater back on the field after his career-threatening knee injury. However, we expected the New Orleans offense to struggle without key starters, not the defense, which got gashed by an undrafted rookie. Here’s hoping it’s just a wake-up call for the best team in the league. Meanwhile, Carolina is out of the playoff picture for the second time in three years, and despite his expectations, Ron Rivera’s seat should feel mighty warm after blowing a 6-2 start. If only there was a free agent QB on the market with a skill set similar to Cam Newton’s … (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (AP/Butch Dill)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers lays on the ground after being sacked by Romeo Okwara #95 of the Detroit Lions during the first half of a game at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Lions 31
Packers 0 Better late than never, Detroit! The Lions have back-to-back wins in Green Bay for the first time since 1990-91, which should be just enough to get Motown to forget their 6-10 season comes after they didn’t like going 9-7 under Jim Caldwell. So ends the miserable 100th season in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers gets concussed in his worst season as a starter, the Packers get shutout by the Lions at Lambeau Field for the first time since 1970, and the Pack find rock bottom for the first time since the 1980s. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Dylan Buell)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30:  Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball as he tries to avoid Jerome Baker #55 of the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at New Era Field on December 30, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Miami 42-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Dolphins 17
Bills 42 Buffalo wasn’t good this year, but if Josh Allen can have more passing performances like this 5-TD gem, their future is bright. What a helluva send off for longtime Bills DT Kyle Williams. Speaking of the end of an era, this should be it for Ryan Tannehill and/or Adam Gase in Miami. The latter may not think he’s got anything to prove, but getting blown out in three straight games since the Miami Miracle is so bad that Rex Ryan is licking his chops at a chance for an AFC East trifecta. (UPDATE: Gase is, in fact, out.) (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Brett Carlsen)
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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to throw the ball in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass under pressure in the second half during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) scrambles between Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (90) and defensive end Arden Key (99) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, left, throws a pass under pressure from Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, left, snags a one-handed touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle scores during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 30:  Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants dives across the goal-line for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) and defensive end Carlos Watkins (91) celebrate after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) and defensive back Andrew Adams (26) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 30: Sam Darnold #14 of of the New York Jets reacts after a fumble caused by Deatrich Wise Jr. #91 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) goes to slide on a carry between Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) and defensive end Bryan Cox (91) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers lays on the ground after being sacked by Romeo Okwara #95 of the Detroit Lions during the first half of a game at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30:  Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball as he tries to avoid Jerome Baker #55 of the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at New Era Field on December 30, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Miami 42-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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