How may the ultimate three weeks of the NFL common season be any higher than what simply occurred?
Sunday marked simply the second day in NFL historical past that three video games ended on walk-off touchdowns — two of which, remarkably, had been scored by defenses. Saturday featured the largest comeback in NFL historical past. Mix the 2 days, and it was the primary time in NFL historical past that three groups rallied from deficits of at the very least 17 factors to win in the identical week.
Keep tuned for what craziness occurs subsequent.
Listed here are The Publish’s NFL energy rankings for Week 16:
1. Philadelphia Eagles 13-1 (1)
None of Jalen Hurts’ runs had been as dazzling as Justin Fields’ 39-yarder, however Hurts ran for 3 touchdowns in a battle of dual-threat quarterbacks because the Eagles held off the Bears, 25-20. Hurts is one shy of Cam Newton’s single-season document of 14 speeding quarterbacks by a quarterback. DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown mixed for 307 receiving yards.
2. Buffalo Payments 11-3 (2)
With snow coming down, the Payments scored the ultimate 11 factors of a 32-29 victory in opposition to the Dolphins. Tyler Bass’ walk-off 25-yard discipline aim clinched the Payments’ fourth straight playoff berth and avenged an earlier loss. Josh Allen threw 4 landing passes and dove right into a mid-air collision for a tying two-point conversion within the fourth quarter.
3. Cincinnati Bengals 10-4 (4)
Not solely did the Bengals erase a 17-point deficit, they turned it right into a 17-point lead by reeling off 34 straight factors in an eventual 34-23 win in opposition to the Buccaneers to maneuver into the AFC North lead. Joe Burrow threw 4 landing passes to 4 totally different receivers at hand Tom Brady his largest blown lead ever in a house recreation.
4. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 11-3 (5)
The sleepwalking Chiefs averted coughing up the AFC’s No. 1 seed and what would have been an inexplicable loss to the Texans. After lacking a discipline aim on the finish of regulation and punting on their first time beyond regulation possession, the Chiefs compelled a turnover and Jerick McKinnon rushed for a 26-yard landing in a 30-24 victory that clinched the AFC West.
5. San Francisco 49ers 10-4 (6)
It appeared just like the 49ers might need to show to their fourth-string quarterback, however injured third-stringer-turned-starter Brock Purdy (indirect) performed. He delivered 11 straight completions to open the sport and two whole landing passes in a 21-13 win in opposition to the Seahawks to clinch the NFC West. Christian McCaffrey ran for 108 yards, and George Kittle added 93 via the air.
6. Dallas Cowboys (3) 10-4
One snap after analytics mentioned that they had a 60 % likelihood to prime the Jaguars, the Cowboys had been losers, 40-34, in time beyond regulation. Rayshawn Jenkins returned an interception for a landing for a surprising end. Noah Brown caught two landing passes and was the meant goal on the fateful turnover. A playoff spot was nonetheless clinched regardless of blowing a 17-point second-half lead.
7. Minnesota Vikings 11-3 (8)
Frauds? Nope. The Vikings rallied for the largest comeback in NFL historical past to beat the Colts, 39-36, in time beyond regulation after trailing 33-0 at halftime. Kirk Cousins threw for 460 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Vikings are the third workforce ever with 10 wins by eight factors or fewer in a season. Greg Joseph’s 40-yard discipline aim as time expired clinched the NFC North.
8. Los Angeles Chargers 8-6 (11)
Justin Herbert led a six-play, 52-yard drive within the closing minute to arrange Cameron Dicker’s game-winning 43-yard discipline aim in a 17-14 win in opposition to the Titans. His 35-yard completion between two defenders made up for simply the third recreation of his profession with out throwing a landing go. Austin Ekeler scored his AFC-leading 14th landing.
9. Miami Dolphins 8-6 (9)
Pace nonetheless kills within the snow — signal for highway playoff video games — as each Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill scored touchdowns in opposition to the Payments. However the protection allowed a landing on the ultimate play of the primary half and two scores on the ultimate drives of the sport, sending the Dolphins to a 3rd straight loss.
10. Baltimore Ravens 9-5 (7)
Hurry again, Lamar Jackson. One 12 months after an harm to Jackson brought on the Ravens to break down in December, Jackson missed his second straight begin as a consequence of a unique harm, and so the Tyler Huntley-led sputtering offense didn’t rating a landing in a 13-3 loss to the Browns. Close to-automatic kicker Justin Tucker missed twice.
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11. Detroit Lions 7-7 (15)
12. New York Giants 8-5-1 (16)
In throwback Giants-Washington trend, protection set the tone. Kayvon Thibodeaux’s sack-fumble-touchdown trifecta modified the lead, and three fourth-quarter red-zone stands (three whole factors allowed) completed off a 20-12 victory. A resurgent Saquon Barkley totaled 120 yards from scrimmage and a landing to place the Giants on the cusp of their first playoff berth since 2016.
13. Tennessee Titans 7-7 (12)
14. Washington Commanders 7-6-1 (10)
15. Seattle Seahawks 7-7 (13)
16. New England Patriots 7-7 (14)
17. New York Jets 7-7 (17)
What a intestine punch. After taking part in practically flawless all recreation, the protection allowed a 51-yard landing on a fourth-and-1 with lower than two minutes remaining in a 20-17 loss to the Lions. Greg Zuerlein missed a 58-yard discipline aim as time expired. Zach Wilson threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns however had a pricey interception in his return.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars 6-8 (20)
19. Pittsburgh Steelers 6-8 (19)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-8 (18)
21. Cleveland Browns 6-8 (24)
22. Las Vegas Raiders 6-8 (27)
23. Inexperienced Bay Packers 6-8 (23)
24. Carolina Panthers 5-9 (21)
25. New Orleans Saints 5-9 (29)
26. Los Angeles Rams 4-10 (26)
27. Atlanta Falcons 5-9 (22)
28. Indianapolis Colts 4-9-1 (28)
29. Denver Broncos 4-10 (31)
30. Arizona Cardinals 4-10 (25)
31. Chicago Bears 3-11 (30)
32. Houston Texans 1-12-1 (32)