Raheem Mostert rushed for two touchdowns in the second half and San Francisco took a late defensive stance to claim the NFC West crown and seed no. 1 in the NFC playoffs with a 26-21 win over host Seattle on Sunday night, the last game of the NFL’s regular season.
December 29, 2019; Seattle, Washington, USA; The San Francisco 49ers returning Raheem Mostert (31) scores a touchdown as he is defended by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
The Seahawks had a first down within the San Francisco 1-yard line with 23 seconds remaining, but after quarterback Russell Wilson added the ball, Seattle took a game lag to make it second and goal from 5. After a couple of incomplete passes, short-range Jacob Hollister was stopped a few inches from the goal line in a fourth reception with nine seconds remaining.
Officials reviewed the game for several minutes before announcing that Hollister had been shot down just before the ball crossed the goal line. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw made the game to save the division. The 49ers (13-3) will receive a farewell in the wildcard round of the next weekend while the Seahawks (11-5) will get the seed n. 5 and will play at seed no. Philadelphian 4 (9-7) Sunday afternoon at the final game of the wildcard weekend.
Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement and scored a touchdown for the Seahawks troubled by the injury, which would have won the NFC West title with a win and sent the 49ers to the wildcard round.
Eagles 34, Giants 17
Boston Scott rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Carson Wentz launched another and Philadelphia made its third consecutive anchor in the playoffs by beating New York in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Eagles won fourth in a row, finished 9-7 and won the NFC East, fishing for the Seahawk in next week’s wild card round.
Scott became the first Eagles to run three touchdowns in a game since 2011. Wentz has completed 23 out of 40 passes for 289 yards. Saquon Barkley rushed for a touchdown, and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones shot for one, but the giants were swept by eagles and dropped to 4-12.
Packers 23, Lions 20
Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal when time ran out to give Green Bay a crucial victory in Detroit on Sunday.
The winning boot allowed the Packers (13-3) to conclude a goodbye to the first round for the NFC playoffs, finishing as seed n. 2. The Lions (3-12-1) lost the ninth consecutive game despite a 17-3 lead in the interval. Green Bay never drove in the game until the end.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers overcame a miserable first half finishing 27 out of 55 through 323 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Aaron Jones rushed for 100 yards and In Front Adams took seven passes for 93 yards.
Saints 42, Panthers 10
Drew Brees launched three touchdown passes as New Orleans prepared for the postseason by hitting host Carolina in the regular season finale at the Bank of America Stadium.
New Orleans is one of three NFC teams to finish the regular 13-3 season, but due to tiebreakers the Saints will play in the wild card round next weekend while San Francisco (# 1) and Green Bay (# 2) have earned the first two seeds of the conference and with them the first round greetings. New Orleans will host Minnesota’s number 6 seeds next Sunday.
Brees ended game 19 of 30 for 253 yards and didn’t intercept, while the Panthers (5-11) lost their eighth consecutive game when they finished last in NFC South. They were 0-4 under provisional leadership Perry Fewell after Ron Rivera’s dismissal.
Dolphins 27, Patriots 24
Ryan Fitzpatrick launched a 5-yard touchdown pass to the end Mike Gesicki with 24 seconds remaining while Miami shocked the New England host in Foxborough, Mass.
The Patriots (12-4), who started the 8-0 season, could have scored a farewell to the playoffs of the first round with the win. Their loss, combined with the Kansas City victory over Los Angeles battery chargers, dropped the Pats to seed no. 3 and means that New England must host the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round while the Chiefs get the salute.
Miami (5-11), who started this season 0-7, has won for the first time in New England since 2008. Fitzpatrick has completed 28 passes out of 41 for 320 yards and a touchdown, without interceptions. The large DeVante Parker receiver had eight catches per 137 yards.
Chiefs 31, Chargers 21
Going back Damien Williams rushed for 124 yards and two landings out of just 12 while the Chiefs won their sixth ladder, knocking down Los Angeles in Kansas City, Mo.
The Chiefs (12-4), who also relied on 174 yards passing by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, head to the AFC playoffs with a goodbye in the first round as seed no. 2 thanks to the disturbance of the Patriots of the Dolphins. The Chiefs are 1-5 in the wildcard round since 1994.
Out of three of the Chiefs’ only five touches in the third quarter, Mahomes launched an interception that the Chargers (5-11) turned into a touchdown, Mecole Hardman returned a 104 yard kick-off for a touchdown, and Williams he scored on 84 yard run.
Crows 28, Steelers 10
Justin Tucker scored four goals on the pitch and Baltimore set an NFL record for most yards in one season by defeating visiting Pittsburgh, helping to eliminate the Steelers in the process.
The Steelers (8-8) may have entered the playoffs with a Tennessee win and loss in Houston, but none of these occurred as they managed to do only 168 yards of total offense on a rainy day.
Gus Edwards gained 130 yards out of 21 carry for the Ravens (14-2), who won their twelfth consecutive game and set a franchise record for most regular season wins despite sitting seven first, including the quarterback and MVP favorite Lamar Jackson. They also ran 223 yards to give them 3,296 for the season, breaking the 3,165 record set by the 1978 New England Patriots.
Titans 35, Texans 14
Derrick Henry rushed for 211 yards and clinched the NFL title in the regular season while Tennessee secured a playoff spot with a win over host Houston.
Henry’s last carry, a 53-yard touchdown with 2:54 left in the game, allowed him to pass Cleveland’s Nick Chubb for first place among the NFL runners with 1,540 yards. He also scored 3 and 1 yards in the second half, while Tennessee’s sixth suit (9-7) earned a trip to AFC East champion New England next weekend for their wild card game.
The Texans (10-6), stuck in the seed n. 4 in the playoffs, they left out several key players, but were in the game for three quarters thanks to a good performance by the backup quarterback A.J. McCarron. He hit 21 of 36 passes for 225 yards and rushed for a 1 yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Houston will host Buffalo number 5 next Saturday in the first game of the wildcard round.
Bears 21, Vikings 19
Eddy Pineiro punched a 22-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift Chicago past Minnesota to Minneapolis, while the Vikings rested many beginners after blocking seed no. 6 in Week 16.
Pineiro, who in the first half made field goal attempts of 26, 33 and 34 yards, had his fourth chance after Mitchell Trubisky connected to Riley Ridley in a 32-yard out of a quarter and 9 previously on the bear drive (8-8).
Among the players the Vikings (10-6) sat were quarterback Kirk Cousins, who ran dalvin Cook and novice Alexander Mattison, large receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. Chicago took a two-game skid and swept the Vikings for the second consecutive season.
Jets 13, bills 6
Sam Darnold launched for 199 yards and the game’s only touchdown, driving New York on the playoff-bound Buffalo Bills in a rainy Orchard Park, New York.
The Jets end their season 7-9. The Bills (10-6), which blocked the seed no. 5 in play, will play next week’s AFC wildcard round against suit # 1. 4 Houston Texans.
Buffalo backup quarterback Matt Barkley closed 18 by 35 for 232 yards and two interceptions in place of Josh Allen, who started the game but only played two possessions. The Bills rested a lot of appetizers.
Cowboys 47, Redskins 16
Dak Prescott completed 23 of 33 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns, three of which went to Michael Gallup, and Dallas got a win by visiting Washington.
However, Dallas (8-8) has lost the season after the seventh time in the past 10 years. The Cowboys had to win, and to make the Philadelphia Eagles lose, to win the NFC East, but the Eagles beat the New York Giants to take the division title.
Ezekiel Elliott scored two touchdowns, one precipitous and one receiving, while the Cowboys recorded the highest score of the season. Elliott finished with 122 yards of running, while Gallup had five holds for 98 yards.
Falcons 28, Buccaneers 22 (OT)
Deion Jones returned Jameis Winston’s 27-yard interception for the winning touchdown in the first overtime game to give Atlanta Falcons the win in Tampa, Florida.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finished 30 of 51 with 301 yards and a touchdown, while footballer Younghoe Koo made all five of the field goal attempts for the Falcons (7-9). Matt Gay scored 0 out of 3 in Tampa Bay field goals, missing 49, 44 and 34 yards.
Atlanta opened the scoring with a joke. Offensive linesman Ty Sambrailo registered as a suitable recipient and the Buccaneers (7-9) did not adapt properly, as Ryan found Sambrailo for a 35 yard touchdown in the seam. It was the longest touchdown reception from an offensive linesman since at least 1950.
Bengals 33, Browns 23
Joe Mixon rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns and Andy Dalton went for 190 yards and a score to lift the host Cincinnati beyond Cleveland, while the Browns finished yet another season with double-digit losses.
Cincinnati (2-14), who had secured the best choice in the 2020 NFL Draft a week earlier, had finished fourth in the AFC Nord for the second consecutive season, but avoided the first season by a win in the history of the franchise. The Bengalis also finished 2-14 in 2002.
Cleveland (6-10) finished third in the division for the second consecutive season, while he closed with double-digit losses for the tenth time in 12 seasons. Baker Mayfield became the first Cleveland call sign to start all 16 games behind the center in 18 years.
Ram 31, cardinals 24
Jared Goff went through 319 yards and three touchdowns while Los Angeles saluted the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the second time in its history with a visiting victory in Arizona.
In a battle of teams already eliminated from the playoff exam, Tyler Higbee and Robert Woods got fourth quarter touchdown passes for the Rams (9-7), while Cooper Kupp also had a TD reception. Malcolm Brown had a quick touchdown for Los Angeles.
Kyler Murray went through 325 yards and two touchdowns while Arizona (5-10-1) saw his streak in two games end. Murray attended the final game of his season as a beginner despite a right knee injury that limited his mobility.
Jaguars 38, Colts 20
Gardner Minshew launched three touchdown passes, two in the second half, while Jacksonville ended a disappointing season with a strong final game, defeating visiting Indianapolis.
Jacksonville (6-10) has only won for the second time in his last eight games, avenging a previous loss of 20 points in Indianapolis, rival of AFC South, scoring the last 25 points of the game.
The Colts (7-9), who didn’t score in the second half, have lost five of their last six games. They fell to 2-6 in street games.
Broncos 16, Raiders 15
Rookie Drew Lock launched a touchdown pass and host Denver denied an attempt to convert to two points with seven seconds remaining to defeat Oakland in the season finale for both teams.
The loss led to the official end of the Raiders’ term in Oakland as they prepared to move to Las Vegas for next season. Although they finished with a 7-9 record, the Raiders started the day with a long-term chance of getting the latest AFC wildcard.
Lock completed 17 of 28 by 177 yards and improved to 4-1 as an appetizer. Oakland’s Derek Carr completed 29 of 46 by 391 yards and a 3 yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with seven seconds remaining. The Raiders took the lead two points, but Carr’s move to Renfrow was incomplete and the Broncos (7-9) made up for the resulting free kick.
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