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Soon it will be time to go to camp.

There’s no eating s’mores. There’s some swimming, no one’s singing “Kumba Ya.”

It’s almost time for football.

Soon, all 32 NFL teams will be on a practice field somewhere in America. One will be looking to defend their title. The other 31 teams will be looking to knock them off the top of the mountain.

The hunter is NOW the hunted.

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbours to the north.

Fans will get to see their teams up close and personal and make their own evaluations of their team. Some see their teams getting better from their 2016 finish and make the postseason, while other want to see if last year was a fluke.

Heat. Humidity. Bugs, Sweat. Fights with teammates. Come the Thursday after Labor Day when it gets underway in Foxboro as New England and Kansas City meet, if they make the cut, it’s worth it.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

You know who your team was going to play.

You know where your team was going to play.

As far as the when, you had to be patient and wait.

Last Thursday night, your wait was over, thanks to the National Football League. The league announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2017, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 7 in New England and concludes on Sunday, December 31 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 7 on NBC at 8:30 p.m. in Foxboro will spotlight the defending champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 p.m. when salmon and Starbucks travels to the land of beer, cheese and bratwurst as Seattle takes on Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Packers at Lambeau Field.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 10 when NFC East foes Dallas and the New York Giants square off at 8:30 p.m. in the Lone Star State at AT&T Stadium.

For those of you wondering if there are going to be two games on the first Monday of the season, the answer is yes. Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 11 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. Minnesota hosts the New Orleans Saints at 7:10 p.m. in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Denver Broncos in the nightcap at 10:20 p.m.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

The league will have a select number of games that will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced as well, including the Seahawks at the Giants in the Meadowlands at 4:25 p.m. on CBS in Week 7 and the Vikings traveling to the Tar Heel State for a meeting with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. on CBS in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 31. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

Other contests include…

In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, September 17 in primetime  at 8:30 p.m. on NBC when they host the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

The Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7 on Sunday night, October 22 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.

Will there be football on Thanksgiving?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 23 and yes, the Lions and Cowboys are at home. The first game will be an NFC North contest in the Motor City as Detroit hosts the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field at 12:30 p.m. on FOX. As for Dallas, they are the late afternoon contest in the Lone Star State when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and the Turkey Day trifecta concludes in Landover with an NFC East contest as Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants make their way to Landover in prime time to face the Washington Redskins at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

In Week 16, NBC’s Sunday Night Football game as NFC North foe Minnesota and Green Bay meet at Lambeau as that contest will move to Saturday night, December 23 at 8:30 p.m., due to Christmas Eve and is not subject to flexible scheduling. Christmas Day will feature a doubleheader on Monday, December 25 with the Houston Texans hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime in the first game and Oakland traveling to the City of Brotherly Love, visiting the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN in primetime.

There are contests with an international flavor, so break out the fish and chips and tequila! The NFL’s international slate includes four games in London – the first time the league will play four games in the United Kingdom and one in Mexico City. On Sunday, September 24, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. with distribution to be announced at a later date(set those VCRs NOW!).

The next weekend, on Sunday, October 1, Jacksonville’s neighbor to the South, the Miami Dolphins, will host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley at 9:30 a.m. on FOX, In Week 7, it’s an NFC West matchup in Merry Ole England as the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. on FOX. The following week, the Cleveland Browns will host the Vikings at Twickenham on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFLN and the league heads back South of the Border as the Oakland Raiders take on Tom Brady and the Pats at 4:25 p.m. on CBS on Sunday, November 19 at Estadio Azteca.

The NFL has partnered with Amazon Prime this season and will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime Video) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 on Thursday, September 28 when the Packers host the Chicago Bears. NBC’s Tri-Cast package begins in Week 10 on Thursday, November 9 when the  Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals. Additionally, NFL Network will also  exclusively televise a seven-game schedule comprised of three Thursday Night Football games, three late-season Saturday contests and a Sunday morning London matchup.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 11.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 4 in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium  on NBC.

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally.

Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

For ticket information, fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/tickets.

2017 NFL SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern and subject to change)

WEEK 1 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 7
Kansas City at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, September 10
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 11
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. on ESPN
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 2 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Green Bay at ATLANTA, 8:30 p.m. on NBC
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, September 18, 2017
Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 3 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 21
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 24
ATLANTA at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London), TBD
Denver at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 25
Dallas at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 4 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 28
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 1
Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 p.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London) on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m on CBS
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 2
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 5 (Byes: ATLANTA, Denver, New Orleans and Washington)

Thursday, October 5
New England at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 8

Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 9
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 6 (Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle)

Thursday, October 12
Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 15
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England  at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 16
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 7 (Byes: Detroit and Houston)

Thursday, October 19
Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 22
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, October 23
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 8 (Byes: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Tennessee)

Thursday, October 26
Miami at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 29
ATLANTA at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on NFLN
Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 30
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 9 (Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh)

Thursday, November 2
Buffalo at New York Jets, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, November 5
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
rizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 6
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 10 (Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia)

Thursday, November 9
Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 12
Dallas at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on cBS
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 13
Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 11 (Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New York Jets, San Francisco and Tampa Bay)

Thursday, November 16
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 19
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Giants on CBS
Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Oakland in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 20, 2017
ATLANTA at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 12 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, November 23
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 26
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBs
Miami at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 27
Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 13 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, November 30
Washington at Dallas, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, December 3
Minnesota at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 4
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 14 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, December 7
New Orleans Saints at ATLANTA, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, December 10
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBs
Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at New York Giants, 4:@5 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 11
New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 15 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, December 14
Denver at Indianapolis, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Saturday, December 16
Chicago at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, December 17
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on cBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBs
Tennessee at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Oakland, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 18
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 16 (Byes: NONE)

Saturday, December 23
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, December 24
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOx
Miami at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, December 25
Pittsburgh at Houston, 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Oakland at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 17 (Byes: NONE)

Sunday, December 31
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
GAME TBD, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

 

 

A sampling of NFL records set and milestones reached in 2016 (courtesy the National Football League and NFL Communications):

THE TEAMS

ARIZONA CARDINALS: Led the NFC in total defense (305.2 yards per game) and sacks (48).

QB Carson Palmer passed for 4,233 yards, his franchise-best third season with 3,500+ pass yards.

RB David Johnson set single-season franchise records in scrimmage yards (2,118), rushing touchdowns (16) and total touchdowns (20).

ATLANTA FALCONS: Won the NFC South division title for the first time since 2012. Ranked first in the NFL in total points (540) and second in total offense (415.8 yards per game).

QB Matt Ryan set a franchise record and ranked second in the NFL with 4,944 passing yards. Ryan has six seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards, the most seasons in franchise history. He also owns the top six passing yardage seasons in team history.

WR Julio Jones ranked second in the NFL with 1,409 receiving yards, his fourth season with at least 1,000 receiving yards, tied for the second most in franchise history.

In Week 4, became the first team in NFL history to have a 500-yard passer (Ryan, 503) and a 300-yard receiver (Jones, 300) in the same game. Jones’ 300 receiving yards and Ryan’s 503 passing yards both set franchise single-game records.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: QB Joe Flacco passed for 4,317 yards, a career-high and single-season franchise record. Flacco recorded his seventh career season with 3,000+ passing yards, the most in franchise history.

TE Dennis Pitta had 86 receptions, the most by tight end in a single season in franchise history.

BUFFALO BILLS: Set a franchise record with 29 rushing touchdowns and led the NFL in rushing yards per game (164.4).

RB Le Sean McCoy had 13 rushing touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history. McCoy had four games with 100+ rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns this season, tied for the most in Bills history.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: Defeated Arizona 30-20 in Week 8 in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game and became the first team since Tampa Bay in 2002-03 to win both a Championship Game and the rematch the following season by 10+ points each.

QB Cam Newton set franchise records in passing touchdowns (136) and rushing touchdowns (48).

RB Jonathan Stewart has 51 career total touchdowns, third-most in franchise history.

CHICAGO BEARS: Rookie RB Jordan Howard ranked second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards and surpassed Matt Forte (1,238 in 2008) as the Bears’ all-time rookie rushing leader. Howard had seven 100-yard rushing games this season, the most games with 100+ rushing yards by a rookie in team history.

Howard gained 202 yards from scrimmage (153 rushing, 49 receiving), including a rushing touchdown, in Week 8 and became the youngest player (21 years, 363 days) in Bears history to record at least 200 scrimmage yards in a single game.

In Week 13, Howard became the fifth rookie in Bears history to rush for three touchdowns in a single game.

CINCINNATI BENGALS: QB Andy Dalton had 4,206 passing yards, his second career season with 4,000+ pass yards (4,293 in 2013) and joined Carson Palmer (two) as the only quarterbacks in team history with multiple 4,000-yard passing seasons.

RB Jeremy Hill had nine rushing touchdowns and has at least nine rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons, the second-longest streak in franchise history.

LB Vontaze Burfict has three seasons with 100+ tackles (101 in 2016), tied for the second-most in franchise history.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: WR Terrelle Pryor, Sr. had 1,007 receiving yards and became the seventh wide receiver in franchise history with a 1,000-yard receiving season.

LB Christian Kirksey had 143 tackles, the eighth-most in a season in team history.

DALLAS COWBOYS: Won the NFC East division title for the second time in the past three seasons and won 11 consecutive games from Weeks 2-13, tied for the longest winning streak in franchise history.

Ranked first in the NFL in rush defense, allowing 83.5 yards per game.

QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott became the first rookie quarterback and running back duo to start a season opener for the Cowboys since Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Roger Staubach and RB Calvin Hill in 1969.

Became the first team in NFL history to have a rookie pass for 20 touchdowns (Prescott, 23) and a rookie rush for 15 touchdowns (Elliott, 15) in the same season.

In Week 9, Prescott had three touchdown passes and Elliott rushed for two touchdowns, marking the second time in NFL history in which a rookie passed for three touchdowns and a rookie teammate rushed for two touchdowns in the same game.

WR Dez Bryant has 67 career touchdown catches and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in franchise history.

DENVER BRONCOS: Led the NFL in pass defense, allowing 185.8 yards per game.

In Week 10, rookie Justin Simmons blocked an extra-point attempt with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and rookie Will Parks returned it for the game-winning two-point conversion in Denver’s 25-23 win at New Orleans. It marked the first-ever game-winning defensive two-point conversion since the rule was adopted in 2015 and the first to give the scoring team the lead.

DETROIT LIONS: Earned a playoff berth for the second time in the past three seasons.

Had eight wins after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in a single season in NFL history.

JiM Caldwell became the third head coach in franchise history to lead the Lions to the playoffs twice in his first three seasons.

QB Matthew Stafford passed for 4,327 yards, fifth-most in a season in team history and had a 93.3 passer rating, third-highest in team history.

GREEN BAY PACKERS: Won the NFC North division title for the fifth time in the past six seasons and have 217 victories at Lambeau Field, surpassing Chicago (216 at Wrigley Field) for the most wins by any franchise at one stadium in NFL history.

QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 4,428 yards, his sixth career season with at least 4,000 passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett (five) for the most in franchise history.

Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson have connected on 59 touchdown passes, surpassing Favre and Antonio Freeman (57) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

WR Davante Adams had 25 total receptions in Weeks 7 and 8, the most in a two-game span in Packers history.

RB Ty Montgomery rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 at Chicago and became the second Packer to rush for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game against the Bears (Ahman Green, September 29, 2003).

HOUSTON TEXANS: Won the AFC South division title for the second consecutive season. It is the second time in franchise history the team has won back-to-back division titles (2011-12).

Led the NFL in total defense (301.3 yards per game).

WR De Andre Hopkins has 317 career receptions and surpassed Andre Johnson (312) for the most receptions in a player’s first four seasons in franchise history.

S Quinton Demps had six interceptions, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: WR T.Y. Hilton led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards and has four seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, the third-most in franchise history.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: In Week 16, QB Blake Brotles and WR Marqise Lee became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 20 yards to each other in the same game.

WR Allen Robinson joined Jimmy Smith as the only players in team history with at least 800 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in consecutive seasons.

LB Paul Posluszny had 132 tackles and has five seasons with 100+ tackles with the Jaguars, the most in franchise history.

DE Yannick Ngakoue had eight sacks, the most by a rookie in franchise history.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Won the AFC West division title for the first time since 2010.

Ranked first in the NFL with 33 takeaways and tied for the league lead with a +16 turnover differential.

QB Alex Smith has 1,317 rushing yards in four seasons with Kansas City and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson (1,253) for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback in franchise history.

Rookie WR-PR-KR Tyreek Hill had 12 touchdowns (6 receiving, 3 rushing, 2 punt return, 1 kick return), tied for the most by a rookie in franchise history.

Hill had a 95-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 17, the longest punt-return touchdown in team history.

Overcame a 21-point deficit in their 33-27 overtime victory against San Diego in Week 1 and became the first team in NFL history to extend a winning streak of at least 10 games with a 21+ point comeback victory.

LOS ANGELES RAMS: TE Lance Kendricks has 17 career touchdown catches and surpassed Billy Truax (16) for the second-most touchdowns by a tight end in franchise history.

WR-PR Tavon Austin has 146 career punt returns and tied Le Roy Irvin (146) for the most punt returns in team history.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: Earned a postseason berth for the first time since 2008.

RB Jay Ajayi had 1,272 rush yards, the third-highest single-season total in franchise history.

Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 30-15 win over Pittsburgh in Week 6 in Miami and joined Ricky Williams as the only players in franchise history to rush for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in a game. Ajayi is the first Dolphin to rush for at least 200 yards in three games in a season.

WR Jarvis Landry had 94 receptions, the second-most catches in a season in Dolphins history. Landry also owns the single-season team record with 110 catches in 2015.

Rookie RB-KR Kenyan Drake had a 96-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 9, the second-longest by a rookie in franchise history (Mercury Morris, 105 yards, Septermber, 14, 1969).

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Joined the 1969 Los Angeles Rams as the only teams since 1933 to start 5-0 without throwing an interception. Minnesota had eight sacks at Carolina in Week 3, tied for the third-most in a road game in team history.

CB Xavier Rhodes had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown and KR Cordarrelle Patterson had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 11 and became the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game. Minnesota is the fourth team in NFL history with two scoring plays of at least 100 yards in the same game and Rhodes’ 100-yard interception-return touchdown was the longest in franchise history.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Won the AFC East division title for the eighth consecutive season, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are the only team in league history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.

New England ecorded their sixth season with at least 13 victories (14-2), tied with Denver for the second most 13-win seasons in NFL history.

The Pats became the fifth team in NFL history – and the first since the 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers – to have at least 16 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record.

Head coach Bill Belichick has 201 regular-season victories with New England and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay) as the only coaches to reach 200 career regular-season wins with one franchise.

Belichick has 260 career victories (including the postseason) and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Shula (347), George Halas (324) and Tom Landry (270) as the only head coaches in NFL history with at least 250 career wins.

RB Le Garrette Blount set a franchise record with 18 rushing touchdowns.

WR Julian Edleman ranks second in franchise history with three seasons of 90+ receptions (98 in 2016).

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Led the NFL in total offense (426.0 yards per game) and ranked first with 6,816 total net yards (5,074 passing, 1,742 rushing).

QB Drew Brees has 53,763 pass yards in 11 seasons with New Orleans and became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to pass for 50,000 yards with one team.

WR Michael Thomas set franchise rookie records and led all NFL rookies with 92 receptions, 1,137 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches.

NEW YORK GIANTS: Earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2011.

QB Eli Manning passed for 4,027 yards, his franchise-record sixth season with 4,000+ passing yards.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr. had a career-high 101 receptions and joined Steve Smith (107 in 2009) as the only players in franchise history with a 100-catch season. Beckham had 1,367 receiving yards, the third-most in a single season in team history.

S Landon Collins had 125 tackles, the most by a safety in a season in franchise history.

Collins and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each recorded two interceptions in Week 7, the first Giants duo to accomplish the feat since Kenny Hill and Terry Kinard on September 14, 1986 against San Diego.

NEW YORK JETS: RBs Matt Forte (1,110) and Bilal Powell (1,076) became the first running back duo in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards each.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: Earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. Oakland tied for the NFL lead with a +16 turnover differential.

In Week 1, the Sliver and Black became the fourth team in NFL history to score the game-winning points on a two-point conversion in the final minute of the fourth quarter when QB Derek Carr connected with WR Michael Crabtree on the game-winning two-point conversion with 47 seconds remaining. They are the first to do so in a season opener.

Carr passed for four touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 4 and became the first Raiders quarterback to have a four TD and zero interception performance in back-to-back seasons since Rich Gannon in 1999 and 2000. Carr also accomplished the feat on November 1, 2015.

Crabtree had three touchdown receptions in Week 4 and became the first Raider to have three touchdown catches in a game since Jerry Porter on December 19, 2004.

WR Amari Cooper (1,153) and Crabtree (1,003) became the first Oakland duo since 2001 (Jerry Rice and Tim Brown) and third in franchise history to each have at least 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

LB Bruce Irvin had six forced fumbles, tied for the most in a single season in team history.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Rookie QB Carson Wentz became the first Eagles rookie to start at quarterback in a season opener since Davey O’Brien in 1939.

Wentz had 379 completions, the most in a season in franchise history and the most by a rookie in NFL history.

K Caleb Sturgis made 35 field goals, the most in a season in franchise history.

Philadelphia had kickoff-return touchdowns in Week 6 (Wendell Smallwood, 86 yards) and Week 7 (Josh Huff, 98 yards) and became the fifth team since 1970 to have kickoff-return touchdowns by different players in consecutive weeks.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Won the AFC North division title, their seventh division title since 2002.

The Steelers have 601 regular-season victories, joining Chicago (744), Green Bay (730) and the New York Giants (684) as the only teams in NFL history to reach 600 regular-season wins.

QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown have combined for 50 touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann (49) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to receiver in team history.

Roethlisberger had 15 touchdown passes through Week 5, the most by a Steelers quarterback in the first five games of a season.

K Chris Boswell made six field goals in Week 15, tied with Gary Anderson (10/23/88) and Jeff Reed (12/1/02) for the most in a single game in franchise history.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: QB Philip Rivers passed for 4,386 yards, his team-record eighth season with at least 4,000 passing yards. Rivers had 33 touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history and has five 30-touchdown seasons, the most in Chargers history.

Rookie DE Joey Bosa (10.5) became the first Chargers rookie to record 10 or more sacks since 2005 (Shawn Merriman, 10.0).

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Rookie DL De Forest Buckner had 6 sacks, tied for the fifth-most by a rookie in franchise history.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Won the NFC West division title for the third time in the past four seasons and advanced to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

QB Russell wilson passed for 4,219 yards, the most in a season in franchise history.

TE Jimmy Graham had 65 receptions for 923 yards, the highest totals by a tight end in franchise history.

LB Bobby Wagner led the NFL and set a single-season franchise record with 167 tackles.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: QB Jameis Winston set franchise single-season records with 4,090 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes.

WR Mike Evans had 96 receptions, the second-most in franchise history.

Evans had 12 touchdown catches, tied for the most in a season in team history.

TE Cameron Brate had eight receiving touchdowns, tied for the most by a Buccaneers tight end in a season.

TENNESSEE TITANS: QB Marcus Mariota had 26 touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers George Blanda and Warren Moon as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to pass for at least 25 touchdowns in a season.

TE Delanie Walker had seven touchdown receptions, the third-most among tight ends in franchise history.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: QB Kirk Cousins set a franchise record and ranked third in the NFL with 4,917 passing yards.

Cousins has 18 career games with at least 300 passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen (15) for the most in franchise history.

WR De Sean Jackson had 1,005 receiving yards, his second 1,000-yard season with Washington, and is the eighth player in franchise history with multiple seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards.

TE Jordan Reed has 248 career receptions and surpassed Don Warren (244) for the third-most catches among tight ends in team history.

THE PLAYERS

ACCOMPLISHMENT(S)

JAY AJAYI – RB, Miami Dolphins: Rushed for 204 yards in Week 6 and 214 yards in Week 7 and became the fourth player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards in consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson (twice) and Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

Ajayi ecame the first player since 1970 to rush for 200 yards in two of his first three career starts, became the fourth player in NFL history to record three games with at least 200 rushing yards in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Earl Campbell (four in 1980) and O.J. Simpson (three in 1973) and Tiki Barber (three in 2005).

Ajayi had 420 rushing yards in two games against Buffalo in 2016, the fourth-highest rushing total against one team in a single season.

LORENZO ALEXANDER –  LB, Buffalo Bills: Entered the season with nine career sacks in nine seasons and became the first player to begin his career in 1982 or later with a career total of fewer than 10 sacks to record at least 10 sacks (12.5) in his 10th NFL season.

DWAYNE ALLEN – TE, Indianapolis Colts – Had three touchdown receptions in the first half of the Colts’ 41-10 win at the New York Jets in Week 13 on Monday Night Football and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (December 18, 1995) as the only players to have three touchdown catches in the first half of a Monday Night Football game.

VIC BEASLEY JR. – LB, Atlanta Falcons: Led the NFL with 15.5 sacks.

Beasley three sacks, one forced fumble and a 21-yard fumble-return touchdown in Week 14 and became the 10th NFL player – and first Falcon – to record three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown in a single game since 1982.

ODELL BECKHAM JR. – WR, New York Giants: Ranked third in the NFL with 101 receptions and 1,367 receiving yards.

Has 288 career receptions, tied with Jarvis Landry for the most receptions in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

Has 11 career games with at least 140 receiving yards, the most in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

Beckham beame the first player in NFL history to record at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and joined John Jefferson (1978-1980) and Randy Moss (1998-2000) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham reached 3,000 receiving yards in his 30th career game, the fastest in NFL history (Charley Hennigan, 31 games).

LE’VEON BELL – RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Led the AFC with 1,884 scrimmage yards (1,268 rush, 616 receiving).

Bell averaged 157.0 scrimmage yards per game in 2016, the third-highest single-season average in NFL history and had 236 rushing yards with three touchdowns and four catches for 62 yards in Week 14 and became the second player in NFL history with at least 225 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 50 receiving yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (November 19, 1961).

ERIC BERRY – S, Kansas City Chiefs: Intercepted a two-point conversion attempt and returned it for the go-ahead score with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ 29-28 victory at Atlanta in Week 13, marking the first game-winning defensive two-point conversion scored when his team was trailing since the rule was adopted in 2015. Berry, who also returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the contest, became the first player to return an interception for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the same game.

ANQUAN BOLDIN – WR, Detroit Lions: Had eight touchdown catches in 2016 and became the second player in NFL history (Terrell Owens) to have at least 1,000 career receptions (1,076) and record a touchdown catch with four different teams (Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco).

Is the fourth player in NFL history to have a season with at least five touchdown receptions with four different teams (Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco), joining Terrell Owens (five teams), Irving Fryar and Brandon Marshall as the only players in league annals to accomplish the feat.

Played in his 200th career game in Week 15 and his 1,067 career receptions are the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games.

JOEY BOSA – DE, San Diego Chargers: Led all rookies with 10.5 sacks, the highest total by a rookie since 2011 (Aldon Smith, 14.0).

SAM BRADFORD – QB, Minnesota Vikings: Completed 395 of 552 passes for a 71.6 completion percentage in 2016, the highest single-season completion percentage in NFL history, surpassing Drew Brees’ mark of 71.2 percent (468 of 657) in 2011.

TOM BRADY – QB, New England Patriots: Has 205 career victories including the postseason, the most by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

Brady became the fifth player in NFL history to reach 60,000 passing yards (61,582), joining Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Farve (71,838), Drew Brees (66,111) and Dan Marino (61,361).

Brady has 5,244 career completions and became the fourth player in NFL history to reach 5,000 completions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (6,300), Peyton Manning (6,125) and Drew Brees (5,836).

Brady threw 28 touchdown passes with two interceptions in 2016, recording the highest touchdown/interception ratio in NFL history, has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history and as passed for 28,678 yards at Gillette Stadium and surpassed Brett Farve (28,240 at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field) for the most passing yards by a quarterback at a single stadium in NFL history.

DREW BREES – QB, New Orleans Saints: Has 66,111 career pass yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) for the third-most all-time. Led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards, his NFL-record 5th season with 5,000+ passing yards.

Brees had 37 touchdown passes and extended his NFL-record streak to nine consecutive seasons with at least 30 TD passes, had nine career seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes, tied for the most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Peyton Manning.

Brees extended his NFL-record streak of seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards to 11, extended his NFL-record streak to 60 consecutive home games with a touchdown pass.

Brees has 58 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, the most in NFL history.

Brees passed for four touchdowns and had a rushing touchdown in Week 12, his third career game with at least four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown, the most in NFL history.

Brees passed for 465 yards in Week 6, his 15th career 400-yard game and surpassed Peyton Manning (14) for the most all-time.

ANTONIO BROWN – WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Ranked second in the NFL with 106 catches and has 481 receptions over the past four seasons, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (469 from 1999-2002) for the most catches in any four-year span in NFL history.

Brown has four consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions, tying Marvin Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history and reached 600 career receptions in Week 11 in his 96th career game, the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history.

DEZ BRYANT – WR, Dallas Cowboys: Had two touchdown catches and his first career touchdown pass in Week 16 and became the fifth player in NFL history with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game.

DEREK CARR –  QB, Oakland Raiders: Has 81 career touchdown passes and is the fifth player in NFL history with 80 touchdown passes in his first three seasons.

In Week 8, Carr passed for 513 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Raiders’ 30-24 overtime win at Tampa Bay and became the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a single game.

BRANDIN COOKS – WR, New Orleans Saints: Had a 98-yard touchdown reception on Kickoff Weekend and an 87-yard touchdown catch in Week 6 and became first player in NFL history with two touchdown catches of at least 85 yards in his team’s first five games of a season.

AMARI COOPER – WR, Oakland Raiders: Had 83 receptions, 1,153 receiving yards and five touchdown catches and became the third player in NFL history to have at least 70 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of his first two career seasons, joining Odell Beckham, Jr. (2014-2015) and Marques Colston (2006-2007).

KIRK COUSINS – QB, Washington Redskins: Ranked third in the NFL with 4,917 passing yards.

Cousins became the second player in NFL history (Aaron Rodgers, 2008-09) to have at least 4,000 passing yards and four or more rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

STEFON DIGGS – WR, Minnesota Vikings: Became the first player in NFL history to have at least 13 catches in consecutive games (Weeks 9-10).

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT – RB, Dallas Cowboys: Became the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the NFL in rushing yards (1,631) and the first since Edgerin James in 1999.

Elliott’s 1,631 rushing yards are the third-highest single-season total by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808 in 1983) and George Rogers (1,674 in 1981).

Elliott ad five games with at least 125 rushing yards, trailing only Eric Dickerson (seven in 1983) for the most by a rookie.

Elliott became the first rookie running back to have a 60+ yard touchdown run and an 80+ yard touchdown catch in a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965 and rushed for 130+ yards in four consecutive games (Weeks 3-6), the only rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

RHETT ELLISON – TE, Minnesota Vikings: Had a one-yard touchdown run to give the Vikings a 16-13 lead with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter in Week 9. Ellison, whose touchdown run was the first carry of his five-year career, became the first player in NFL history to score a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of regulation on the first carry of his career.

LARRY FITZGERALD – WR, Arizona Cardinals: Led the NFL with 107 receptions and at 33 years, 123 days old, became the oldest player to lead the league in receptions since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (34 years, 71 days) in 1996.

Fitzgerald has 1,125 career receptions and moved into third place on the all-time receptions list has 104 career touchdown receptions, the eighth-most all-time.

Fitzgerald had 1,116 career receptions through his 200th career game in Week 15 and surpassed Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

MATT FORTÉ – RB, New York Jets: Became one of only four players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns (52), 500 receptions (517) and 20 receiving touchdowns (20), joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk and Herschel Walker.

WILL FULLER – WR, Houston Texans: Became the first rookie drafted in the first round to have at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first two games of a season.

Became the only rookie in NFL history to have 300 or more receiving yards (323) and a punt-return touchdown in his team’s first four games of a season.

ANTONIO GATES – TE, San Diego Chargers: Had seven touchdown receptions in 2016, bringing his career total to 111 and tying Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most touchdown catches by a tight end in NFL history.

TED GINN JR. – WR, Carolina Panthers: Had an 88-yard touchdown catch in Week 12 and became the fourth player in NFL history to have a receiving touchdown, punt-return touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown of at least 85 yards each in his career.

FRANK GORE – RB, Indianapolis Colts: Moved into eighth place on the all-time rushing list with 13,065 career yards.

Gore rushed for 1,025 yards in 2016, his ninth career season with at least 1,000 yards, the fifth-most all-time and is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 12,500 rushing yards (13,065) and 400 receptions (414).

Gore is the only player in NFL history with 11 consecutive seasons with 1,200+ scrimmage yards.

A.J. GREEN – WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Has nine career games with at least 150 receiving yards, the fourth-most by a player in his first six seasons.

ROB GRONKOWSKI – TE, New England Patriots: Has 23 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, the third-most by a tight end in NFL history.

CASEY HAYWARD – CB, San Diego Chargers: Led the NFL with a career-high seven interceptions.

JOHNNY HEKKER – P, Los Angeles Rams: Set the single-season NFL record with 51 punts inside the 20-yard line.

TYREEK HILL – WR-PR-KR, Kansas City Chiefs: Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only players with at least five receiving touchdowns (six), three rushing touchdowns (three), a punt-return touchdown (two) and a kick-return touchdown (one) in a single season.

Hill scored on a three-yard run, a three-yard reception and an 86-yard kickoff-return in Week 12 and became the first player since Sayers in 1965 to have a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown in the same game.

JORDAN HOWARD – RB, Chicago Bears: Ranked second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards, the third-highest total by a rookie not chosen in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. Alfred Morris (1,613 yards in 2012) and Mike Anderson (1,487 in 2000) are the only players drafted outside of the first four rounds with higher totals in their rookie season.

DE SEAN JACKSON – WR, Washington Redskins: Had an 80-yard touchdown catch in Week 14, his 22nd career touchdown of at least 60 yards, the second-most in NFL history.

SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI – K, Oakland Raiders: Has made 55 career 50+ yard field goals and surpassed Jason Hanson (52) for the most in NFL history.

DAVID JOHNSON – RB, Arizona Cardinals: Led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,118) and touchdowns (20). Set an NFL record with 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards to begin a season.

Johnson tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15) as the only players in NFL history to record 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in a single season.

Johnson has 24 rushing touchdowns, eight receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in his career and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only players in NFL history with at least 20 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player’s first two seasons.

Johnson has scored multiple touchdowns in 11 career games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James for the most such games in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

JULIO JONES – WR, Atlanta Falcons: Led the NFC with 1,409 receiving yards.

Jones had 475 catches through his 75th career game in Week 10, the most receptions in NFL history by a player in his first 75 games, had 7,306 career receiving yards through his 75th career game and became one of two players in league annals with at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first 75 games (Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth, 7,532).

TRAVIS KELCE – TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Led NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 85 receptions.

Had at least 100 receiving yards in four consecutive games from Weeks 11-14, tied for the longest such streak by a tight end in NFL history.

JARVIS LANDRY – WR, Miami Dolphins: Has 288 career receptions, tied with Odell Beckham, Jr. for the most receptions in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

ANDREW LUCK – QB, Indianapolis Colts: Reached 15,000 career passing yards in Week 1 in his 56th career game, tied for the second-fastest in NFL history.

Luck has seven career game-winning touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, the most in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history.

ELI MANNING – QB, New York Giants: Has 320 career touchdown passes, the seventh-most in NFL history.

Manning has 4,072 career completions and became the seventh player in NFL history to reach 4,000 completions and moved into eighth place on the all-time passing yards list with 48,214 career yards.

MARCUS MARIOTA – QB, Tennessee Titans: Threw multiple touchdown passes in eight consecutive games from Weeks 5-12, the second-longest single-season streak in NFL history by a quarterback in his first two seasons, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s streak of 10 games in 1984.

Mariota became the first quarterback in NFL history to have three games with a 70.0+ completion percentage, at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first two seasons.

VANCE MC DONALD – TE, San Francisco 49ers: Had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Week 2 and a 65-yarder in Week 9 and became the fourth tight end since 1970 and the first since 1997, with two touchdown catches of at least 65 yards in the same season.

DE MARCO MURRAY – RB, Tennessee Titans: Led the AFC with 1,287 rush yards.

In Week 10, Murray rushed for 123 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass and became the first non-quarterback since Pro Football Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson in 1960 (December 11, 1960) to have a 75+ yard touchdown run and a touchdown pass in the same game.

Murray also became the first player to record a touchdown run of at least 75 yards and a touchdown pass in the first quarter of the same game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe accomplished the feat for the Cleveland Indians in 1921 against the Columbus Panhandles.

Murray had 756 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns through Week 8, becoming the sixth player in NFL history with at least 750 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in his first eight games with a team.

LATAVIUS MURRAY –  RB, Oakland Raiders: Rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders’ 30-20 victory against Denver in Week 9, marking the third time a player has rushed for at least 100 yards and three touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champions.

JORDY NELSON – WR, Green Bay Packers: Led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions.

Has three seasons with at least 13 touchdown catches in his career, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison for the fourth-most in NFL history.

CAM NEWTON – QB, Carolina Panthers: Has 21,772 passing yards and 3,566 rushing yards in his career and is the only player in NFL history to have at least 20,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in his first six seasons.

YANNICK NGAKOUE – DE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Was the only rookie in the NFL with at least eight sacks (eight) and four forced fumbles (four).

GREG OLSEN – TE, Carolina Panthers: Had 1,073 receiving yards and became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON – WR-KR, Minnesota Vikings: Had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 11 and became the first player in league history with four career touchdowns of 100+ yards.

JULIUS PEPPERS – LB, Green Bay Packers: Has 143.5 career sacks and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan (141.5) for the fifth-most sacks since 1982, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL – DE, New York Giants: Had a career-high three sacks, a forced fumble and a 43-yard fumble-return touchdown in Week 12 and became the first player with at least three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown of at least 40 yards in the same game since 1982.

DONTARI POE – DT, Kansas City Chiefs: Had 1.5 sacks in 2016 and threw a two-yard touchdown pass in Week 16, becoming the first player with a touchdown pass and a sack in the same season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

MATT PRATER – K, Detroit Lions: Converted a 58-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to force overtime in the Lions’ 22-16 win at Minnesota in Week 9, marking the second-longest game-tying field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history.

DAK PRESCOTT – QB, Dallas Cowboys: Had 13 wins as a starter, tied with Ben Roethlisberger (2004) for the most wins by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott passed for 23 touchdowns with four interceptions and his 0.9 interception percentage is the lowest by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts), h ad 11 games with a 100+ passer rating, tied for the third-most in a single season in NFL history and finished the season with a 104.9 passer rating, the highest single-season passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott had multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games in Weeks 6-11, tied for the longest such streak by a rookie in NFL history, had 176 pass attempts without an interception to begin the season, surpassing Tom Brady (162) for the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career.

Prescott completed 32 of 36 passes (88.9 percent) for 279 yards in Week 15, the second-highest completion percentage in a single game in NFL history (with a minimum of 30 attempts).

TERRELLE PRYOR SR. – WR, Cleveland Browns: Joined Marlin Briscoe as the only players in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards (1,007 in 2016) in one season and 1,000 passing yards in another (1,798 in 2013).

Pryor had 144 receiving yards, 35 passing yards and 21 rushing yards (including a touchdown) in Week 3 and became the first player to have at least 120 receiving yards, 30 passing yards and 20 rushing yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford on December 6, 1959.

JORDAN REED – TE, Washington Redskins: In Week 4, reached 200 career receptions in his 38th game, the fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 200 career catches, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow (39 games).

JALEN RICHARD – RB, Oakland Raiders: In Week 1, had a 75-yard rushing touchdown on his first career carry and became only the fourth player in NFL history with a 75+ yard rushing touchdown in his NFL debut.

MATT RYAN – QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ranked second in the NFL with 4,944 passing yards, his sixth consecutive 4,000-yard season, tying Peyton Manning(1999-2004) and Matthew Stafford (2011-2016) for the second-longest streak in NFL history.

Ryan led the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating in 2016, the fifth-highest single-season rating in NFL history, has 3,288 career completions and surpassed Peyton Manning (3,131) for the most completions in a player’s first nine seasons in NFL history.

Ryan threw a touchdown pass to 13 different players in 2016, the most in a single season in NFL history and has passed for at least 200 yards in 55 consecutive games, the longest streak in NFL history.

PHILIP RIVERS – QB, San Diego Chargers: Recorded his 11th consecutive season with 3,000 passing yards (4,386), tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.

Has 314 career touchdown passes, the eighth-most in NFL history.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER – QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Has 301 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (300) for the ninth-most touchdown passes in NFL history and became the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 career touchdowns.

Roethlisberger reached 45,000 career passing yards in Week 10 in his 179th career game, the fifth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach the mark and is the eighth quarterback in NFL history to pass for 45,000 yards with one franchise.

AARON RODGERS – QB, Green Bay Packers: Led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons (45 in 2011), has 36,827 career passing yards and 2,544 rushing yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers John Elway (51,475 passing, 3,407 rushing) and Fran Tarkenton (47,003 passing, 3,674 rushing) and Donovan McNabb (37,276 passing, 3,462 rushing) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in a career.

Rodgers as won 16 consecutive starts at Lambeau Field in the month of December and is the second player in NFL history to win 15 consecutive home starts in the month of December, joining Tom Brady (19 games from 2002-2012).

TREVOR SIEMIAN – QB, Denver Broncos: In Week 3, passed for 312 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.1 passer rating at Cincinnati and became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in his first career road start.

STEVE SMITH SR. – WR, Baltimore Ravens: Moved into seventh place on the all-time receiving list with 14,731 career yards.

Smith ecame the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches (1,031) and is the only player in league history with at least 1,000 career catches (1,031), 1,000 punt-return yards (1,684) and 2,000 kickoff-return yards (2,371).

DARREN SPROLES – RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Is the first player in NFL history to have at least 30 career receiving touchdowns (30), 20 rushing touchdowns (22), a punt-return touchdown (seven) and a kick-return touchdown (two).

MATTHEW STAFFORD – QB, Detroit Lions: Led eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, the most such drives by a quarterback in a single season since 1970.

Stafford surpassed 30,000 career passing yards (30,303) in Week 17 in his 109th career game and became the fastest player to reach the mark in NFL history and passed for four touchdowns in Week 6 and at 28 years, 252 days old, became the fourth-youngest quarterback with 10 career four-touchdown passing games.

RYAN SUCCOP – K, Tennessee Titans: Converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in the Titans’ 19-17 victory at Kansas City in Week 15. Succop, who spent five seasons with the Chiefs from 2009-13, became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

AQIB TALIB – CB, Denver Broncos: Had a 46-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 2 and has nine career interception-return touchdowns, tied for the fourth-most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famers Ken Houston, Deion Sanders and Aeneas Williams.

DEMARYIUS THOMAS – WR, Denver Broncos: Had 90 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns and became the third player in NFL history with five consecutive seasons of 90+ receptions, 1,000+ recieving yards & 5+ TD catches.

JUSTIN TUCKER – K, Baltimore Ravens: Led the NFL with 38 made field goals and ranked second with 141 points.

Tucket cconverted all 10 of his field-goal attempts of at least 50 yards this season, tying Blair Walsh (Minnesota, 2012) for the most 50+ yard field goals made in a single season.

Tucker made all four of his field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-14 win over Cincinnati in Week 12. Tucker, who connected on field goals of 57, 54 and 52 yards in the first half, became the first player in NFL history with three field goals of at least 50 yards in the first half of a game. His three 50+ yard field goals are tied for the most ever in a game and he became the ninth player in league annals to accomplish the feat.

ADAM VINATIERI – K, Indianapolis Colts: Converted 43 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to 2015, surpassing Mike Vanderjagt (42) for the longest streak in NFL history.

Vinatieri became the only player in NFL history to score 100+ points (125 in 2016) in 19 different seasons.

MIKE WALLACE – WR, Baltimore Ravens: Had a 95-yard touchdown reception in Week 9 and became the third player in NFL history (John Taylor and Gus Tinsley) to have two career 95+ yard touchdown receptions. Wallace is the only player in league annals to have a 95+ yard touchdown catch with two different teams (Baltimore and Pittsburgh).

DE MARCUS WARE – LB, Denver Broncos: Has 138.5 career sacks and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers Richard Dent (137.5) and John Randle (137.5) and Jared Allen (136.0) for the eighth-most sacks since 1982.

CARSON WENTZ – QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Passed for 769 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions through Week 3 and became the only rookie in NFL history with a touchdown pass and no interceptions in each of his first three games to start a season.

Wentz guided the Eagles to a 3-0 start and became the first rookie since 1970 to start and win his team’s first three games to begin a season without throwing an interception.

RUSSELL WILSON – QB, Seattle Seahawks: Won his 50th career game as a starter in Week 6 in his 69th game, tied for the third-fastest starting quarterback to reach 50 career victories. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Stabler (62) and Tom Brady (65) reached the feat in fewer games.

Wilson has 34 career home wins as a starter, surpassing Joe Flacco and  Matt Ryan for the most home wins by a starting quarterback in his first five NFL seasons, has 31 career games with multiple touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most by a player in NFL history in his first five seasons to begin a career.

JAMEIS WINSTON – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Passed for 4,090 yards and became the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons (4,042 yards as a rookie in 2015).

Winston has 50 career touchdown passes and became the fifth player in league history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in his first two seasons.

Winston threw his 40th career touchdown pass in Week 10 and at 22 years, 312 days old, became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 40 career touchdown passes.

For 20 NFL teams, their seasons came to an end Sunday afternoon. While those teams are preparing for the upcoming draft and hiring new coaches, 12 other teams have made it to their goal of getting to the playoffs. It’s this time of year that becomees a little different. In a 16-game schedule, you lose a game, your next game is next week. Here, you lose and your next game is next year. Win and advance. That’s the goal for the 12 that are left standing. Eight of those teams get underway this weekend, while the other four (Dallas, Atlanta, New England and Kansas City) get to prepare for the next round because they have byes and will host next Saturday and Sunday.

ICYMI: The road to the AFC Championship goes through Foxoboro! New England, with their 35-14 win at Miami, clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated San Diego 37-27, allowing them to win the AFC West and earned a first-round bye due to today’s victory combined with Oakland’s 24-6 loss at Denver.

Oakland enters the postseason as the number 5 seed and travels to Houston, who won the AFC South title.

Pittsburgh needed overtime to beat the Cleveland Browns and will host the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card round at Heinz Field on Sunday.

In the NFC, Dallas secured the top seed in the NFC and has home-field advantage throughout the the NFC playoffs.

Atlanta, already with the NFC South title in hand, secured the number two seed with their 38-32 win over their NFC South rivals from New Orleans. The contest was the 199th and final regualr-season contest for the Georgia Dome and the Falcons will be moving to the Mercedes-Benz Dome next door.

The NFC North champion was determined Sunday as Green Bay defeated Detoit 31-24 at Ford Field in the Motor City. Both teams clinched a playoff berth earlier in the day with the NEW YORK GIANTS’ 19-10 win at Washington. Green Bay secured the number 4 seed and host the Giants in the Wild Card round.

The Seattle Seahawks have clinched the NFC West, taking the 3rd seed and will host Detroit Saturday afternoon.

New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 percent) for 276 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 35-14 win at Miami. Brady finished the regular season with 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions, recording the highest touchdown/interception ratio in NFL history.

Brady has 51 career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tying Peyton Manning for the most such games in league history.

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott finished the regular season with a 104.9 passer rating and surpassed Robert Griffin III (102.4 in 2012) for the highest single-season passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott completed 311 of 459 passes (67.8 percent) for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. His 0.9 interception percentage is the lowest by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts).

Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the league with 1,631 rushing yards. Elliott, who has the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history, would be the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the league in rushing yards and the first since Edgerrin James (1,553 yards) in 1999.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes (75.0 percent) for 331 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.9 passer rating in the Falcons’ 38-32 win over New Orleans.

Ryan completed 373 of 534 passes (69.9 percent) for 4,944 yards with 38  touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history.

Ryan’s opponent, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 350 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta. Brees has 5,208 passing yards this season, the fourth-highest single-season passing total in NFL history.

Brees, who also recorded 5,000 passing yards in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, owns five of the NFL’s nine all-time 5,000-yard passing seasons and is the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons.

Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 percent) for 250 yards with three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 38-10 victory over NFC North rival Chicago. Bradford completed 395 of 552 passes for a 71.6 completion percentage this season, the highest single-season completion percentage in NFL history, surpassing Drew Brees’ mark of 71.2 percent (468 of 657) in 2011.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 202 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 17-16 win over Carolina. Winston, who passed for 4,042 yards as a rookie last year, finished this season with a career-high 4,090 passing yards. He is the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. Winston has 50 career touchdown passes and is the fifth player in league history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in his first two seasons.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had five receptions, including a touchdown, in the Cardinals’ 44-6 win at Los Angeles. Fitzgerald leads the NFL with 107 catches and at 33 years, 123 days old, would be the oldest player to lead the league in receptions since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (34 years, 71 days) in 1996.

After an exciting finish to the regular season, the NFL’s second season has arrived.

“The only thing that matters is what we do now,” says Dallas head coach Jason Garrett, who led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the number 1 seed in the NFC. “We’ve put ourselves in a great position. It’s time to get back to work.”

“We’ve got four games left to win it all,” Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell told KDKA-TV. “We’re on a nice winning streak now, so I know we can do it. We’ve got a lot of work to do but the road is getting very narrow. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to finish and execute. That’s what these games are about.”

Week 17 came right down to the wire. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010. Two divisions (AFC West and NFC North) wound up being “winner-take-all” situations and were decided on the last day of the regular season, including the NFC North in game No. 256 of 256 as Green Bay defeated Detroit to claim the division title.

“It’s a huge accomplishment to win the NFC North,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Now we get a home game and can keep this playoff atmosphere and vibe that we’ve had for the past six weeks going. We didn’t want to limp into the playoffs. We finished strong. Now that we’re in the playoffs, it’s all about taking it to the next level.”

The final 12 teams are now set. It doesn’t matter how you got here. All that matters is that you’re here.

“Playing in the postseason is a great tribute to the way we’ve played all season and found ways to win games,” says New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Manning told the New York Times, WCBS Sports and USA Today, “We’re excited about the opportunity to be in the playoffs and having a chance to win a championship.”

The Giants are one of six new teams in this year’s playoff field, joining Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Let’s not forget the regular season, kids…

Close games and great comeback victories… new teams making the playoffs and winning divisions… consistent teams excelling once again… records falling… young players making their mark… and so much more.

The 2016 season had it all, including a fantastic finish.

Week 17 came right down to the wire as two division titles – the AFC West and NFC North – were decided on the season’s final day. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010.

Six of the NFL’s eight divisions featured new champions in 2016, the most in a season since 2011.

The 2016 season featured many exciting games with close finishes, as 57 percent were decided by one score – 146 of 256 games were decided by eight or fewer points, the most of any season in NFL history.

Each of the 12 teams still in Super Bowl LI contention can look back at the wild ride that was the 2016 regular season and appreciate how challenging the road to the playoffs was.

Dallas (13-3), led by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookierunning back Ezekiel Elliott, wrapped up the Number 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2007.

“It is a whole new season now,” says Prescott of advancing to the postseason after finishing with the top record in the NFC. “Everything you do from this point on is really how you get looked at at the end of the year. So that is important to us, looking forward and playing a long time in this postseason,” he told the Dallas Morning News.

Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. Six teams that missed the postseason in 2015 – Atlanta (11-5), Dallas (13-3), Detroit (9-7), Miami (10-6), the New York Giants (11-5) and Oakland (12-4) – accomplished the feat this year.

“It’s so much fun when you get a playoff game at home in front of your own crowd and the energy that kind of comes along with that,” says Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn, who helped guide the Falcons to the NFC South title. Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, WXIA-TV and WAGA-TV, “It’s a byproduct of winning your division, where you’re guaranteed a home game. And then if you have a chance to go past that where better things can happen, then you go from there. It’s a significant thing and a really cool experience.”

The 2016 season also proved that consistency is difficult but not impossible, to maintain in the NFL. New England won their eighth consecutive AFC East division title (2009-present), surpassing the 1973-79 Rams for the most consecutive division championships in NFL history. The Patriots, who finished with a 14-2 record, tied the 2003-09 Colts as the only teams in NFL history with at least 12 wins in seven consecutive seasons.

Pittsburgh at 11-5 earned the 600th regular-season victory in franchise history this season, becoming the fourth franchise is NFL history to reach 600 wins. The Steelers (601) joined the Chicago Bears (744), Green Bay Packers (730) and New York Giants (684) as the only franchises with at least 600 regular-season victories.

The NFL is never short on surprises and that leads to the excitement we witnessed in 2016:

COMPELLING COMPETITION: Games continued to be close, as more than half of all games were decided by one score.

GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE

POINTS – GAMES (PCT.)
8 or Fewer – 146 of 256 (57)
7 or Fewer – 135 of 256 (52.7)

This season, 146 of 256 games (57.0 percent) were decided by eight or fewer points, the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT OR FEWER POINTS
2016 – 146
2015 – 140
2002 – 137
2011 – 132
2003 – 132

In 2016, 135 of 256 games (52.7 percent) were decided by seven or fewer points, also the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN OR FEWER POINTS
2016 – 135
2015 – 131
2002 – 126
2011 – 125
2003 – 124

Seventy-two percent of games (184 of 256) were within eight points in the fourth quarter, the highest percentage since the institution of the two-point conversion in 1994.

The 184 games are the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN FOURTH QUARTER
2016 – 184
2002 – 177
2004 – 175
2015 – 174
2013 – 174

170 of the season’s 256 games (66.4 percent) were within seven points in the fourth quarter, the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN FOURTH QUARTER
2016 -170
2013 – 168
2010 – 167
2004 – 167
2002 – 167

Games continued to have a flare for the dramatic, as tight contests frequentlycame down to the wire.

In 2016, the average margin of victory was 10.23 points per game, the third-smallest margin in NFL history and the lowest figure since 1935 (10.08 points per game).

The lowest single-season margins of victory in NFL history:

SEASON – MARGIN OF VICTORY

1932 – 9.13
1935 – 10.08
2016 – 10.23
1994 – 10.42
1938 – 10.58

There were 72 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter in 2016, the most such games in a season in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of 70 in 1989.

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER
2016 – 72
1989 – 70
2013 – 69
2015 – 67
2008 – 67
2001 – 67

THESE CATS HAVE MORE THAN NINE LIVES: The Detroit Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter in 2016, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The teams with the most wins after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON – TEAM (GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER)
2016 – Detroit (8)
2009 – Indianapolis (7)
Many Tied with 6

Dallas clinched the NFC East division title, which marked the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON – TEAM (RECORD / PRIOR SEASON RECORD)
2003 – Carolina (11-5 / 7-9)
2003 – Kansas City (13-3 / 8-8)*
2004 – Atlanta (11-5 / 5-11)
2004 – San Diego (12-4 / 4-12)*
2005 – Chicago (11-5 / 5-11)
2005 – New York Giants (11-5 / 6-10)*
2005 – Tampa Bay (11-5 / 5-11)
2006 – Baltimore (13-3 / 6-10)*
2006 – New Orleans (10-6 / 3-13)
2006 – Philadelphia (10-6 / 6-10)
2007 – Tampa Bay (9-7 / 4-12)
2008 – Miami (11-5 / 1-15)
2009 – New Orleans (13-3 / 8-8)**
2010 – Kansas City (10-6 / 4-12)
2011 – Denver (8-8 / 4-12)
2011 – Houston (10-6 / 6-10)*
2012 – Washington (10-6 / 5-11)
2013 – Carolina (12-4 / 7-9)*
2013 – Philadelphia (10-6 / 4-12)
2015 – Washington (9-7 / 4-12)
2016 – Dallas (13-3 / 4-12)

* Tied for last place
** Won Super Bowl

New England captured their eighth consecutive division title, the longest streak in NFL history, breaking a tie with the 1973-79 Los Angeles Rams (seven). The Patriots are the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.

SCORING: A total of 11,661 points were scored during the 2016 season, the third-highest total all-time (11,985 points in 2013 and 11,680 points in 2015). Games averaged 45.55 points per game, the third-highest average since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and trailing only the 46.82 points per game average in 2013 and the 45.63 average in 2015. In all, 1,306 total touchdowns were scored, also the third-most all-time.

Nine teams scored at least 400 points this season – Atlanta (540), New Orleans (469), New England (441), Green Bay (432), Dallas (421), Arizona (418), Oakland (416), Indianapolis (411) and San Diego (410) – tying the 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2015 seasons for the second-most all-time. Those nine teams combined for a .601 winning percentage and five qualified for the playoffs.

PASSING: NFL QBs put together a historically proficient and prolific year in 2016.

The league-wide completion percentage (63.0) tied the previous record set in 2015, while the league-wide passer rating (89.3) ranked second behind only the 2015 season (90.2). There were 786 touchdown passes thrown in 2016, the fourth-highest total in NFL history.

The league-wide interception percentage of 2.3 percent was the lowest of any season in NFL history, surpassing the previous mark of 2.4 in 2015.

Games averaged 700.8 total net yards per game, the second-best mark in NFL annals (705.3 in 2015). Explosive passing offenses fueled that trend, with an average of 483.0 net passing yards per game, the second-highest total all-time (487.6 in 2015).

There were 57 individual performances with three touchdown passes without an interception in 2016, the third-highest of any season in NFL history (59 in 2015, 58 in 2014).

New England quarterback Tom Brady (205) surpassed Peyton Manning (200) as the all-time wins leader (including playoffs) in NFL history.

Brady finished the regular season with 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions, recording the highest touchdown/interception ratio in NFL history.

Quarterbacks Drew Brees of New Orleans and Tom Brady of New England both climbed higher on the all-time list for career passing yards. Brees ranks third all-time in passing yards (66,111), while Brady ranks fourth (61,582), as both players surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) during the 2016 season. Only Peyton Manning (71,940) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (71,838) have more career passing yards.

The New York Giants’ Eli Manning (320), San Diego’s Philip Rivers (314) and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (301) each reached 300 career passing touchdowns during the season, becoming the eighth, ninth and tenth quarterbacks in NFL history, respectively, to reach the mark.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan recorded a 117.1 passer rating in 2016, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards in 2016, the fourth-highest passing yardage total in league history. Brees is the first player to lead the league in passing yards seven times, extending his NFL record.

Brees (2008, 2011-13, 2016) has five of the nine individual 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history and is the only quarterback in league history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons. Brees also has 53,763 passing yards in his 11 seasons with the Saints, is the sixth quarterback to pass for 50,000 yards with one team.

Brees had two 400-yard passing games in 2016. In 16 seasons, Brees has 15 career 400-yard passing games, surpassing Peyton Mannig (14) for the most such games in NFL history.

Brees had a league-leading 10 300-yard passing games in 2016 and his 106 career 300-yard passing games are the most in NFL history.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the NFL with 40 passing touchdowns in 2016. Rodgers, who passed for 45 touchdowns in 2011, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan MArino (two), Peyton Manning (two) and Drew Brees (two).

Brees ranked third in the NFL with 37 touchdown passes, joining Tom Brady (four), Manning (four) and Rodgers (four) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in four different seasons.

Brees has passed for at least 30 touchdowns in nine consecutive seasons, extending his NFL-record streak.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions on eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2016, the most such drives by a quarterback in a single season since 1970.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston had 4,090 passing yards and became the irst player in NFL history with at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons.

Winston (50) is one of only five quarterbacks to pass for at least 50 touchdowns over his first two seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (68), Derek Carr (53), Peyton Mannign (52) and Russell Wilson (52).

Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford completed 395 of 552 attempts for an NFL-record 71.6 completion percentage, surpassing Drew Brees’ record of 71.2 percent in 2011.

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 3,667 yards with 23  touchdowns and four interceptions for a 104.9 rating in 2016. Prescott joined Tom Brady (2010, 2016) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 3,500 passing yards and fewer than five interceptions in a season and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

RUSHING & RECEIVING: Several running backs enjoyed historic seasons in 2016:

Seven players registered at least 10 rushing touchdowns in 2016 – New England’s Le Garrette Blount (18), Arizona’s David Johnson (16), Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (15), Buffalo’s Le Sean McCoy (13), Oakland’s Latavius Murray (12), Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman (11) and San Diego’s Melvin Gordon (10).

Twelve players registered at least 1,000 rushing yards this season – Elliott (1,631), Chicago’s Jordan Howard (1,313), Tennessee’s De Marco Murray (1,287), Miami’s Jay Ajayi (1,272), Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell (1,268), McCoy (1,267), Johnson (1,239), Blount (1,161), Freeman (1,079), Houston’s Lamar Miller (1,073), New Orleans’ Mark Ingram (1,043) and Indianapolis’ Frank Gore (1,025).

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards this season, becoming the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the league in rushing yards and the first since Edgerrin James (1,553 yards) in 1999.

Elliott had 1,994 scrimmage yards (1,631 rushing, 363 receiving) this season, the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and James (2,139 in 1999). Indianapolis running back Frank Gore (13,065) became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 13,000 career rushing yards.

Gore, who had 1,025 rushing yards this season, became the fifth player in NFL history with at least nine seasons of 1,000 rushing yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith (11), Curtis Martin (10), Walter Payton (10) and Barry Sanders (10).

Three players registered at least 100 receptions in 2016 – Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (107), Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (106) and the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham, Jr. (101).

Six players recorded at least 1,200 receiving yards in 2016 – Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton (1,448), Atlanta’ Julio Jones (1,409), Beckham (1,367), Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans (1,321), Brown (1,284) and Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson (1,257).

Five players had at least 10 touchdown catches in 2016 – Nelson (14), GreenBay’s Davante Adams (12), Brown (12), Evans (12) and Beckham (10).

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 catches and at 33 years, 123 days old, became the oldest player to lead the league in receptions since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (34 years, 71 days) in 1996.

Fitzgerald has four career seasons with at least 100 catches, trailing only Brandon Marshall (six), Andre Johnson (five) and Wes Welker (five) all-time.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio BrownN ranked second in the NFL with 106 catches this season and has 481 receptions over the past four seasons, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (469 from 1999-2002) for the most catches in any four-year span in NFL history.

Brown has four consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches, tying Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona and ANQUAN BOLDIN of Detroit each played in their 200th career games in Week 16. Fitzgerald (1,116) has the most career receptions in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115).

Boldin had 1,067 career receptions through 200 career games, the fourth-highest total in NFL history. The only players with more are Fitzgerald (1,116), Rice (1,115) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1,102).

Boldin had 67 catches this season, the 14th consecutive season he has caught 50+ passes since entering the league in 2003. That is the longest streak to begin a career in NFL history.

Fitzgerald, who recorded his 13th consecutive season with 50+ catches, has the second-longest such streak to begin a career.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. finished third in the NFL with a career-high 101 catches. Beckham has 288 receptions through his first three seasons, tied with Miami’s JARVIS LANDRY for the most through a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

Beckham has 4,122 receiving yards through his first three seasons and is one of only two players in NFL history to record at least 4,000 receiving yards in his first three seasons (Randy Moss, 4,163 from 1998-2000).

Beckham and Landry are the only two players in NFL history with at least 80 catches in each of their first three seasons in the NFL.

Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr., who has 1,031 career catches, became the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.

Smith (14,731) climbed to seventh place in NFL history in receiving yards, while Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (14,389) moved into ninth place all-time.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates had seven receiving touchdowns in 2016 and has 111 career touchdown catches, tying Tony Gonzalez for the most by a tight end in NFL history.

Gates brought his career receiving yards total to 11,192, becoming the third tight end in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards, joining Gonzalez (15,127) and Jason Witten (11,888).

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen, who had 1,073 receiving yards this season, became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

VERSATILE PERFORMANCES: Arizona running back DAVID JOHNSON led the league with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and became the fourth different player with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall (1998-2000), Steven Jackson (2006) and Le’Veon Bell (2014).

Johnson recorded at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first 15 games this season, becoming the first player in NFL history to start a season with 15 consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards.

Johnson tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15) as the only players in NFL history to record 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in a single season.

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore, who has 13,065 rushing yards and 414 receptions in his career, became the fifth player in NFL history with at least 13,000 rushing yards and 400 receptions. Gore joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Curtis Martin, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith and La Dainian Tomlinson as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Gore had 1,302 scrimmage yards (1,025 rushing, 277 receiving) this season, becoming the first player in NFL history to record at least 1,200 scrimmage yards in 11 consecutive seasons.

Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles had two receiving touchdowns in 2016, bringing his career total to 30 touchdown catches. Sproles is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 receiving touchdowns (30), 20 rushing touchdowns (22) and five punt-return touchdowns (seven).

Kansas City rookie wide receiver-return specialist Tyreek Hill became the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965 to have a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown in the same game in the Chiefs’ Week 12 overtime victory at Denver.

Hill is the only player in NFL history to record at least three receiving touchdowns (six), three rushing touchdowns (three) and three total kick-return touchdowns (three) in a single season.

GETTING THEIR KICKS: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted 43 consecutive field-goal attempts dating back to 2015, the longest streak in NFL history, surpassing Mike Vanderjagt’s previous record of 42.

With 125 points this season, Vinatieri became the only player in NFL history to score 100+ points in 19 different seasons.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has converted 55 career 50+ yard field goals, surpassed Jason Hanson (52) for the most 50-yard field goals in NFL history.

Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker converted 10 50+ yard field goals in 2016, tying Blair Walsh (10) for the most 50-yard field goals in a single season in NFL history.

Tucker converted 38 of 39 field goal attempts (97.4 percent) in 2016, the third-highest single-season field-goal percentage in NFL history (minimum 20 attempts). Only Gary Anderson (35 of 35 in 1998) and Mike Vanderjagt (37 of 37 in 2003) have higher single-season field-goal percentages.

DEFENSE: With all that offense, defenses were heard from as well. Four of the top fiveNFL teams in scoring defense qualified for the playoffs – New England (15.6), the New York Giants (17.8), Seattle (18.3) and Dallas (19.1). Those four clubs had a combined winning percentage of .758.

Four of the top five teams in turnover margin advanced to the postseason and won at least 10 games each – Kansas City (+16), Oakland (+16), New England (+12) and Atlanta (+11). Those four clubs had a combined .766 winning percentage.

Green Bay linebacker Julius Peppers had 7.5 sacks and climbed to fifth place on the NFL’s all-time sack leaderboard with 143.5 career sacks. Denver linebacker De Marcus Ware had four sacks and has 138.5 sacks in his career, the eighth-most in the NFL since the statistic became official in 1982.

Kansas City safety Eric Berry became the first player to return an interception for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the same game in the Chiefs’ Week 13 win at Atlanta.

Berry intercepted a two-point conversion attempt and returned it for the go-ahead score with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ 29-28 victory over the Falcons, marking the first game-winning defensive two-point conversion scored when his team was trailing since the rule was adopted in 2015. He also added a 37-yard interception-return touchdown in the contest.

The Arizona Cardinals (Markus Golden, 12.5; Chandler Jones, 11) and Seattle Seahawks (Cliff Avril, 11.5; Frank Clark, 10) were the only teams with two players who each had double-digit sacks.

New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (six) and safety Landon Collins (five) were the only pair of NFL teammates with at least five interceptions in 2016.

Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley, Jr. led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and tied for the league lead with six forced fumbles in 2016, becoming the first player in franchise history to record at least 15 sacks and five forced fumbles in a single season.

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul became the first player with at least three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown of at least 40 yards in the same game since 1982, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic, when he registered a career-high three sacks and a 43-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Giants’ Week 12 victory at Cleveland.

Oakland defensive end Khalil Mack recorded at least one sack in eight consecutive games in 2016, tying for the sixth-longest streak in the NFL since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Mack was the only player in the NFL this season with at least 10 sacks (11) and an interception-return touchdown.

REMARKABLE ROOKIES: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott completed 311 of 459 passes (67.8 percent) for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions for a 104.9 passer rating, the highest single-season passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott’s 0.9 interception percentage is the lowest by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts). The rookie began his career with 176 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, surpassing Tom Brady (162) for the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career.

Prescott helped guide the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, tying Ben Roethlisberger (13 in 2004) for the most wins by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards this season, the third-highest single-season total by a rookie running in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808 in 1983) and George Rogers (1,674 in 1981).

Elliott had five games with at least 125 rushing yards, trailing only Dickerson (seven in 1983) for the most ever by a rookie. Dallas became the only team in NFL history to have a rookie pass for 20 touchdowns (Prescott, 23) and a rookie rush for 15 touchdowns (Elliott, 15) in the same season.

Chicago rookie running back Jordan Howard finished second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards in 2016. Elliott and Howard became the first pair of rookies to finish first and second in the league in rushing yards since Paul Robinson (1,023) and Robert Holmes (866) of the AFL in 1968. Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz became the first rookie since 1970 to start and win his team’s first three games to begin a season without throwing an interception.

Wentz, who had 379 completions this season, set the NFL record for the most completions by a rookie, surpassing SAM BRADFORD (354 in 2010).

Kansas City rookie wide receiver-return specialist Tyreek Hill had six receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, two punt-return touchdowns and one kick-return touchdown in 2016, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (1965) as the only players in NFL history to have at least five receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, a kick-return touchdown and a punt-return touchdown in the same season.

Houston wide receiver Will Fuller had a five-yard touchdown catch and a 67-yard punt-return touchdown in the Texans’ Week 4 win over Tennessee, becoming the fourth rookie in the past 15 years to record both a touchdown catch and a punt-return touchdown in the same game.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WILD CARD WEEKEND

FROM WILD CARD ROUND TO SUPER BOWL: Winners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl nine times. At least one Super Bowl participant in six of the past 11 years played a Wild Card Game.

The Wild Card round participants to win the Super Bowl:

SEASON – TEAM (SUPER BOWL RESULT)
1980 – Oakland (Defeated Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV, 27-10)
1997 – Denver (Defeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24)
2000 – Baltimore (Defeated New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7)
2005 – Pittsburgh (Defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL, 21-10)
2006 – Indianapolis (Defeated Chicago in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17)
2007 – New York Giants (Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14)
2010 – Green Bay (Defeated Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25)
2011 – New York Giants (Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17)
2012 – Baltimore (Defeated San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31)

WINNING PARTICIPANTS: Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Oakland will each be playing on Wild Card Weekend. Oakland travels to Houston
at 4:35 p.m. on ESPN/ABC on Saturday in the opening game of Wild Card Weekend. On Sunday, Pittsburgh will host Miami at 1:05 p.m. on CBS, while Green Bay will face the New York Giants at Lambeau Field at 4:40 p.m. on FOX.

The Steelers (34) are tied with Dallas (34) for the most postseason wins in NFL history, while the Packers (32) and Raiders (25) rank third and sixth, respectively, in all-time playoff victories. New England, who is the Number 1 overall seed in the AFC, have 29 postseason victories, the fifth-most all-time.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM (WINS-LOSSES, WIN PCT.; SUPER BOWL WINS)
Pittsburgh (34-23, .596; 6)*
Dallas (34-26, .567; 5)**
Green Bay (32-21, .604; 4)*
San Francisco (30-20, .600; 5)
New England (29-19, .604; 4)**
Oakland (25-18, .581; 3)*
*Play this weekend
**First-round bye

Green Bay (.604) owns the third-best winning percentage in postseason history, while Pittsburgh (.596) and Oakland (.581) rank fifth and sixth, respectively.

The teams with the highest postseason winning percentage in NFL history:

TEAM (WIN PCT. WINS-LOSSES; SUPER BOWL WINS)
Baltimore Ravens (.652, 15-8; 2)
New England (.604, 29-19; 4)**
Green Bay (.604, 32-21; 4)*
San Francisco (.600, 30-20; 5)
Pittsburgh (.596, 34-23; 6)*
Oakland (.581, 25-18; 3)*
*Play this weekend
**First-round bye

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for at least 300 yards in four postseason games in his career.

With 300 passing yards against the Giants on Sunday, Rodgers would put himself in some pretty good company and would join Tom
Brady (10), Peyton Manning (nine), Drew Brees (six), Kurt Warner (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Montana (six) and Dan Fouts (five) as the only quarterbacks to have at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

The quarterbacks with the most 300-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

PLAYER – MOST 300-YARD PASSING GAMES IN POSTSEASON
Tom Brady – 10*
Peyton Manning – 9
Drew Brees – 6
Joe Montana – 6 ^
Kurt Warner – 6
Dan Fouts – 5^
Aaron Rodgers – 4*
*Active in 2016 playoffs
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two career postseason starts.

With 300 passing yards on Saturday night at Seattle, Stafford will join Fouts as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in each of his first three postseason games. Fouts recorded four consecutive games with 300 passing yards to begin his postseason career.

The most consecutive 300-yard passing contests to start a career in postseason history:

PLAYER – TEAM (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS)
Dan Fouts – San Diego (4)
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (2)*
Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle (2)
Marc Bulger – St. Louis Rams (2)
*Active streak

WINNING WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to five consecutive postseason appearances in his first five seasons in the NFL.

With a start against the Lions on Saturday night at Century Link Field, Wilson would join Joe Flacco (2008-12) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to start a playoff game in each of his first five seasons beginning with his rookie year.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15)*
*Entering fifth postseason

With a win over Detroit on Saturday, Wilson, who has seven career playoff wins through his first four seasons, will tie Ben Roethlisberger (eight) for the third-most postseason victories by a starting quarterback in his first five seasons.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason victories in their first five seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, POSTSEASON WINS)
Tom Brady, New England (2000-04, 9)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12, 9)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004-08, 8)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15, 7)*
*Entering fifth postseason

BIG-PLAY BOLDIN: Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career.

With two touchdown catches at Seattle on Saturday, Boldin would move into a tie for third place in touchdown receptions in NFL postseason history.

The players with the most touchdown catches in postseason history:
PLAYER – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
Jerry Rice – 22^
John Stallworth – 12^
Fred Biletnikoff – 10^
Antonio Freeman – 10
Randy Moss – 10
Hines Ward – 10
Rob Gronkowski – 9
Andre Reed – 9^
Steve Smith Sr. – 9
Lynn Swann – 9^
Reggie Wayne – 9
Anquan Boldin – 8*
*Active in 2016 postseason
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

NEW FACES: Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie DAK PRESCOTT, Houston’s Brock Osweiler, Miami’s Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill and Oakland rookie Connor Cook.

With a start against Houston on Saturday, Oakland’s Cook would become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in the postseason.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, ROUND – PASSING YARDS)
Kelly Holcomb, Cleveland (2002, AFC Wild Card – 429)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2009, NFC Wlid Card – 423)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (1988, NFC Divisonal – 407)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (1999, NFC Divisonal – 391)
Neil Lomax, St. Louis Cardinals (1982, NFC Wild Card – 385)

BOUNCING BACK: Miami overcame a 1-4 start to the 2016 season to make the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The Dolphins are the ninth team since 1990 to qualify for the postseason after starting a season with a 1-4 record.

With a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Dolphins would become the sixth team since 1990 to win a postseason game after beginning a season with a 1-4 record. The Kansas City Chiefs accomplished the feat last season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-0 in the Wild Card round.

The teams to qualify for the postseason after beginning the season with a 1-4 record since 1990:

TEAM – SEASON (POSTSEASON WINS, ADVANCED TO)
Kansas City – 2015 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Denver – 2011 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
New York Jets – 2002 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Tennessee – 2002 (1, AFC Championship)
San Diego – 1982 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Houston Texans – 2015 (0, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
Green Bay – 2004 (0, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
Houston Oilers – 1993 (0, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Miami – 2016 (???, ???)*
*Play in Wild Card round on Sunday

FRESH FACES & CONSISTENT WINNERS HIGHLIGHT PLAYOFF FIELD: There are six new playoff teams in 2016: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, the New York Giants and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:

SEASON – PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS
1990 – 7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)
1991 – 5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)
1992 – 6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)
1993 – 5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)
1994 – 5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)
1995 – 4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)
1996 – 5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)
1997 – 5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)
1998 – 5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)
1999 – 7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2000 – 6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)
2001 – 6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)
2002 – 5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)
2003 – 8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)
2004 – 5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)
2005 – 7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)
2006 – 7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2007 – 6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2008 – 7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)
2009 – 6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)
2010 – 5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)
2011 – 6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)
2012 – 4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)
2013 – 5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2014 – 5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)
2015 – 4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)
2016 – 6 (Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York Giants, Oakland)
Six of the NFL’s eight divisions featured new division champions from last season, the most in a season since 2011 (seven). Only New England (AFC East) and Houston (AFC South) were repeat division champions.

Division – 2016 winner (2015 winner)
AFC NORTH – Pittsburgh (Cincinnati)
AFC WEST – Kansas City (Denver
NFC EAST – Dallas (Washington)
NFC NORTH – Green Bay (Minnesota)
NFC SOUTH – Atlanta (Carolina)
NFC WEST – Seattle (Arizona)
In the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 of the 32 NFL teams have won a division title at least once.

How the 2016 playoff teams have fared in the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002 (2016 division winners in bold/italics):

TEAM (DIVISION TITLES, PLAYOFF BERTHS)
New England (13, 13)
Green Bay (9, 12)
Seattle (8, 11)
Pittsburgh (7, 10)
Atlanta (4, 7)
Dallas (4, 6)
Houston (4, 4)
New York Giants (3, 7)
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami (1, 2)
Oakland (1, 2)
Detroit (0, 3)

The Dallas Cowboys rebounded to win the NFC East after finishing in last place in 2015. This marked the 13th time in the past 14 seasons in which at least one team went from “worst-to-first” in its division.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions since 2003:

SEASON – TEAM (RECORD, PRIOR SEASON RECORD, ADVANCED TO)
2003 – Carolina (11-5, 7-9, Super Bowl XXXVIII)
2003 – Kansas City (13-3, 8-8, AFC Divisional Playoffs)*
2004 – Atlanta (11-5, 5-11, NFC Championship)
2004 – San Diego (12-4, 4-12, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2005 – Chicago (11-5, 5-11, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2005 – Tampa Bay (11-5, 5-11, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2006 – Baltimore (13-3, 6-10, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
2006 – New Orleans (10-6, 3-13, NFC Championship)
2006 – Philadelphia (10-6, 6-10, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2007 – Tampa Bay (9-7, 4-12, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2008 – Miami (11-5, 1-15, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2009 – New Orleans (13-3, 8-8, Won Super Bowl XLIV)
2010 – Kansas City (10-6, 4-12, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2011 – Denver (8-8, 4-12, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
2011 – Houston (10-6, 6-10, AFC Divisional Playoffs)*
2012 – Washington (10-6, 5-11, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2013 – Carolina (12-4, 7-9, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2013 – Philadelphia (10-6, 4-12, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2015 – Washington (9-7, 4-12, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2016 – Dallas (13-3, 4-12, ???)
* Tied for last place

The 2016 field also showcases teams that have enjoyed recent postseason success. Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have been to the playoffs 13 times, which is the most in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers are tied for second with 12 postseason berths and the Seattle Seahawks rank third with 11 playoff appearances.

The teams with the most playoff appearances since 2002 (includes 2016):

TEAM – POSTSEASON APPEARANCES
New England – 13 *
Green Bay – 12*
Indianapolis – 12
Seattle – 11*
Pittsburgh – 10*
Baltimore – 8
Denver – 8
Philadelphia – 8
*In 2016 postseason

Five of this season’s 12 playoff teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 2001, capturing eight of the past 15 Vince Lombardi Trophies. Those teams are Green Bay (XLV), New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX), the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), Pittsburgh (XL, XLIII) and Seattle (XLVIII).

SUPER BOWL – SEASON (WINNER)
XXXVI – 2001 (New England)*
XXXVII – 2002 (Tampa Bay)
XXXVIII – 2003 (New England)*
XXXIX – 2004 (New England)*
XL – 2005 (Pittsburgh)*
XLI – 2006 (Indianapolis)
XLII – 2007 (New York Giants)*
XLIII – 2008 (Pittsburgh)*
XLIV – 2009 (New Orleans)
XLV – 2010 (Green Bay)*
XLVI – 2011 (New York Giants)*
XLVII – 2012 (Baltimore)
XLVIII – 2013 (Seattle)*
XLIX – 2014 (New England)*
50 (L) – 2015 (Denver)
*In 2016 postseason

ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS

The four franchises with the most postseason berths in NFL history – the Dallas Cowboys (32), Green Bay Packers (32), New York Giants (32) and Pittsburgh Steelers (30) – are all participants in the 2016 NFL playoffs.

The teams with the most seasons participating in the playoffs (includes 2016):

TEAM (PLAYOFF BERTHS)
Dallas (32)*
Green Bay (32)*
New York Giants (32)*
Pittsburgh (30)*
*In 2016 playoffs

The 12 playoff teams and their postseason records:

TEAM, W-L (PCT)
New England 29-19 (.604)
Green Bay 32-21 (604)
Pittsburgh 34-23 (.596)
Oakland 25-18 (.581)
Dallas, 34-26 (.567)
Seattle 15-14 (.517)
New York Giants 24-24 (.500)
Miami 20-20 (.500)
Houston Texans 2-3 (.400)
Atlanta 7-12 (.368)
Detroit 7-12 (.368)
Kansas City 9-16 (.360)

WILD CARD RECORDS

TEAM W-L (PCT)
Oakland 4-2 (.667)
Houston Texans 2-1 (.667)
Green Bay 9-5 (.643)
Seattle 7-4 (.636)
New York Giants 6-4 (.600)
Miami 6-5 (.545)
Pittsburgh 5-5 (.500)
Detroit 0-8 (.000)

DIVISIONAL RECORDS

TEAM W-L (PCT)
New England 13-6 (.684)
Dallas 15-10 (.600)
Atlanta 3-5 (.375)
Kansas City 2-7 (.222)

THE TEAMS

WINNING FEELING: The Green Bay Packers have won 13 NFL championships, the most in league history. Of the 12 playoff teams this season, 10 have won at least one championship.

NFL championships won by the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM – NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (SEASONS)
Green Bay – 13 (1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996, 2010)
New York Giants – 8 (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007, 2011)
Pittsburgh – 6 (1974-75, 1978-79, 2005, 2008)
Dallas – 5 (1971, 1977, 1992-93, 1995)
Detroit – 4 (1935, 1952-53, 1957)
New England – 4 (2001, 2003-04, 2014)
Oakland – 3 (1976, 1980, 1983)
Miami – 2 (1972-73)
Kansas City – 1 (1969)
Seattle – 1 (2013)
Atlanta – 0
Houston Texans – 0

PLAYOFF SUCCESS: The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers each have 34 postseason victories, tied for the most in NFL history. The Green Bay Packers (32) and New England Patriots (29) rank third and fifth, respectively, on the all-time postseason wins list.

The teams with the most playoff victories in NFL history:

TEAM – PLAYOFF WINS
Dallas – 34*
Pittsburgh – 34*
Green Bay – 32*
San Francisco – 30
New England – 29*
*In 2016 playoffs

Postseason victories for the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM – PLAYOFF WINS
Dallas – 34
Pittsburgh – 34
Green Bay – 32
New England – 29
Oakland – 25
New York Giants – 24
Miami – 20
Seattle – 15
Kansas City – 9
Atlanta – 7
Detroit – 7
Houston Texans – 2

HOME SWEET HOME…MAYBE: For the first time since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, the Number 1 seed from both the AFC and NFC have advanced to the Super Bowl in three consecutive seasons. However, only 27 of the 52 (52 percent) Number 1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl, with 12 Number 1 seeds being crowned champions (23 percent).

Dallas is the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the fourth time since 1990 and the first since 2007, while the Patriots are the top seed in the AFC for the fourth time since 2010.

How the No. 1 seeds have fared since 1990:

SEASON

AFC NO. 1 SEED (SEASON RESULT)
1990 – Buffalo (Lost Super Bowl XXV)
1991 – Buffalo (Lost Super Bowl XXVI)
1992 – Pittsburgh (Lost Divisional)
1993 – Buffalo (Lost Super Bowl XXVIII)
1994 – Pittsburgh (Lost AFC Championship)
1995 – Kansas City (Lost Divisional)
1996 – Denver (Lost Divisional)
1997 – Kansas City (Lost Divisional)
1998 – Denver (Won Super Bowl XXXIII)
1999 – Jacksonville (Lost AFC Championship)
2000 – Tennessee (Lost Divisional)
2001 – Pittsburgh (Lost AFC Championship)
2002 – Oakland (Lost Super Bowl XXXVII)
2003 – New England (Won Super Bowl XXXVIII)
2004 – Pittsburgh (Lost AFC Championship)
2005 – Indianapolis (Lost Divisional)
2006 – San Diego (Lost Divisional)
2007 – New England (Lost Super Bowl XLII)
2007 – New England (Lost Super Bowl XLII)
2008 – Tennessee (Lost Divisional)
2009 – Indianapolis (Lost Super Bowl XLIV)
2010 – New England (Lost Divisional)
2011 – New England (Lost Super Bowl XLVI)
2012 – Denver (Lost Divisional)
2013 – Denver (Lost Super Bowl XLVIII)
2014 – New England (Won Super Bowl XLIX)
2015 – Denver (Won Super Bowl 50)
2016 – New England (???)

NFC NO. 1 SEED (SEASON RESULT)
1990 – San Francisco (Lost NFC Championship)
1991 – Washington (Won Super Bowl XXVI)
1992 – San Francisco (Lost NFC Championship)
1993 – Dallas (Won Super Bowl XXVIII)
1994 – San Francisco (Won Super Bowl XXIX)
1995 – Dallas (Won Super Bowl XXX)
1996 – Green Bay (Won Super Bowl XXXI)
1997 – San Francisco (Lost NFC Championship)
1998 – Minnesota (Lost NFC Championship)
1999 – St. Louis (Won Super Bowl XXXIV)
2000 – New York Giants (Lost Super Bowl XXXV)
2001 – St. Louis (Lost Super Bowl XXXVI)
2002 – Philadelphia (Lost NFC Championship)
2003 – Philadelphia (Lost NFC Championship)
2004 – Philadelphia (Lost Super Bowl XXXIX)
2005 – Seattle (Lost Super Bowl XL)
2006 – Chicago (Lost Super Bowl XLI)
2007 – Dallas (Lost Divisional)
2008 – New York Giants (Lost Divisional)
2009 – New Orleans (Won Super Bowl XLIV)
2010 – Atlanta (Lost Divisional)
2011 – Green Bay (Lost Divisional)
2012 – Atlanta (Lost NFC Championship)
2013 – Seattle (Won Super Bowl XLVIII)
2014 – Seattle (Lost Super Bowl XLIX)
2015 – Carolina (Lost Super Bowl 50)
2016 – Dallas (???)

DIVISION DOMINANCE: Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have won 13 division titles, the most in the NFL during that span. The Green Bay Packers lead the NFC with nine division titles since 2002.

The teams with the most division titles since 2002:
TEAM – DIVISION TITLES
New England – 13*
Indianapolis – 9
Green Bay – 9*
Seattle – 8*
Pittsburgh – 7*
Denver – 6
Philadelphia – 6
*2016 division champion

PATRIOT PLACE: The New England Patriots won the AFC East for the eighth consecutive season in 2016, passing the Los Angeles Rams (1973-79) for the most consecutive division titles in NFL history.

The teams to finish first in their division in the most consecutive seasons:

TEAM, YEARS (CONSECUTIVE FIRST-PLACE FINISHES)
New England, 2009-16 (8)*
Los Angeles Rams, 1973-79 (7)
Cleveland, 1950-55 (6)
Dallas, 1966-71 (6)
Minnesota, 1973-78 (6)
Pittsburgh, 1974-79 (6)
Seven teams tied with 5
*Active streak

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The New England Patriots finished the 2016 regular season undefeated on the road.

The Patriots are only the seventh team since 1978 – when the 16-game schedule was instituted – to post an 8-0 record on the road. Of the previous six teams to accomplish the feat, four have gone to the Super Bowl (66.7 percent).

The teams (since 1978) to post an 8-0 road record and their final season result:

SEASON – TEAM (OVERALL, RESULT)
1984 – San Francisco (15-1, Won Super Bowl XIX)
1989 – San Francisco (14-2, Won Super Bowl XXIV)
1990 – San Francisco (14-2, Advanced to NFC Championship)
2001 – St. Louis Rams (14-2, Advanced to Super Bowl XXXVI)
2007 – New England (16-0, Advanced to Super Bowl XLII)
2014 – Dallas (12-4, Advanced to NFC Divisional)
2016 – New England (14-2, ???)

EXTRA TIME IN THE POSTSEASON: The playoffs have featured at least one overtime game in 13 of the past 16 postseasons.

In 2010, the NFL adopted a modified sudden-death system for the playoffs, which was expanded to cover all NFL games in 2012. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined and the game automatically ends upon any score.

A look at NFL overtime playoff games since 2000:

SEASON – ROUND (TEAMS; GAME-WINNING SCORE)
2000 – AFC Wild Card (Miami 23, Indianapolis 17; RB Lamar Smith scores on 17-yard TD run.)
2001 – AFC Divisional (New England 16, Oakland 13; K Adam Vinatieri connects on 23-yard FG.)
2002 – AFC Divisional (Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31; K Joe Nedney wins it with 26-yard FG.)
2003 – NFC Wild Card (Green Bay 33, Seattle 27; CB Al Harris returns INT 52 yards for TD.)
2003 – NFC Divisional (Carolina 29, St. Louis 23 in 2 overtimes; QB Jake Delhomme connects with WR Steve Smith on 69-yard TD.)
2003 – NFC Divisional (Philadelphia 20, Green Bay 17; K David Akers wins game with 31-yard FG.)
2004 – AFC Wild Card (New York Jets 20, San Diego 17; K Doug Brien converts 28-yard FG.)
2004 – AFC Divisional (Pittsburgh 20, New York Jets 17; K Jeff Reed connects on 33-yard game-winner.)
2006 – NFC Divisional (Chicago 27, Seattle 24; K Robbie Gould converts game-winning 49-yard FG.)
2007 – NFC Championship (New York Giants 23, Green Bay 20; K Lawrence Tynes wins it with 47-yard FG.)
2008 – AFC Wild Card (San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17; RB Darren Sproles scores on 22-yard TD run.)
2009 – NFC Wild Card (Arizona 51, Green Bay 45; LB Karlos Dansby scores on 17-yard FR-TD.)
2009 – NFC Championship (New Orleans 31, Minnesota 28; K Garrett Hartley converts 40-yard game-winning FG.)
2011 – AFC Wild Card (Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23; WR Demaryius Thomas catches 80-yard TD from QB Tim Tebow.)
2011 – NFC Championship (New York Giants 20, San Francisco 17; K Lawrence Tynes connects on 31-yard FG.)
2012 – AFC Divisional (Baltimore 38, Denver 35 in 2 overtimes; K Justin Tucker converts 47-yard game-winning FG.)
2014 – NFC Championship (Seattle 28, Green Bay 22; QB Russell Wilson throws 35-yard TD to WR Jermaine Kearse.)
2015 – NFC Divisional (Arizona 26, Green Bay 20; QB Carson Palmer connects with WR Larry Fitzgerald on 5-yard TD.)

PASSING BY: Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback in the 2016 playoffs with a 400-yard passing game in the postseason.

The 19 400-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (OPPONENT, DATE; PASSING YARDS)
Bernie Kosar, Cleveland (New York Jets, 1/3/87; 489)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (Detroit, Detroit, 1/7/12; 466)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (San Francisco, 1/14/12; 462)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (Denver, 1/9/05; 458)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (Kansas City, 1/4/14; 443)
Dan Fouts, San Diego (Miami, 1/2/82; 433)
Kelly Holcomb, Cleveland (Pittsburgh, 1/5/03; 429)
Jeff George, Minnesota (St. Louis, 1/16/00, 423)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (Arizona, 1/10/10; 423)*
Dan Marino, Miami (Buffalo, 12/30/95; 422)
Dan Marino, Miami (Pittsburgh, 1/6/85; 421)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (Tennessee, 1/30/00; 414)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (Chicago, 12/31/88; 407)
Jim Kelly, Buffalo (Cleveland, 1/6/90; 405)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (Seattle, 1/8/11; 404)
Don Strock, Miami (San Diego, 1/2/82; 403)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (San Diego, 1/13/08, 402;)
Daryle Lamonica, Oakland (New York Jets, 12/29/68; 401)
Peyton Manning, Denver (New England, 1/19/14; 400)
*Active in 2016 postseason

SUPER BOWL MVPs: There are four players in the 2016 postseason who have been named Super Bowl MVP: Quarterback Tom Brady of New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX), quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), quarterback Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay (XLV) and linebacker Malcom Smith of Oakland (XLVIII with Seattle).

PLAYER, CURRENT TEAM (SUPER BOWL MVPs)
Tom Brady, New England (3; XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2; XLII, XLVI)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (1; XLV)
Malcolm Smith, Oakland (1; XLVIII*)
*With Seattle

Five players in NFL history have been named Super Bowl MVP multiple times, including Brady (three) and Manning (two). Brady and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana are the only players to win the award three times.

The five players in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP multiple times:

PLAYER, TEAM (SUPER BOWL MVPs)
Tom Brady, New England (3; XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)*
Joe Montana, San Francisco (3; XVI, XIX, XXIV)
Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh (2; XIII, XIV)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2; XLII, XLVI)*
Bart Starr, Green Bay (2; I, II)
*Active in 2016 playoffs

WHEN IT COUNTS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has a 22-9 (.710) career postseason record, the most playoff wins all-time by a starting quarterback.

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK, TEAMS (PLAYOFF WINS)
Tom Brady, New England (22)*
Joe Montana, San Francisco and Kansas City (16)
Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh (14)
John Elway, Denver (14)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis and Denver (14)
Brett Favre, Green Bay and Minnesota (13)
*Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady’s 22-9 (.710) postseason record trails only Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshawk and Troy Aikman for the best winning percentage as a starting quarterback in NFL playoff history (minimum 15 starts).

Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (11-6, .647) is tied for seventh all-time.

The quarterbacks with the best winning percentage in postseason starts (minimum
15 starts):

QUARTERBACK (WIN PCT., RECORD)
Terry Bradshaw (.737, 14-5)
Troy Aikman (.733, 11-4)
Tom Brady (.710, 22-9)*
Joe Montana (.696, 16-7)
John Elway (.667, 14-7)
Joe Flacco (.667, 10-5)
Ben Roethlisberger (.647, 11-6)*
Roger Staubach (.647, 11-6)
*Active in 2016 playoffs

A PROVEN WINNER: New England’s Tom Brady is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to win four Super Bowls.

Only 12 QBs in NFL history have won multiple Super Bowls. Of the 12, three are active, including Brady, the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING (two) and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (two), and seven have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The starting quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls:

QUARTERBACK (SUPER BOWL WINS)
Tom Brady (4)**
Terry Bradshaw (4)*
Joe Montana (4) *
Troy Aikman (3)*
John Elway (2)*
Bob Griese (2)*
Eli Manning (2)**
Peyton Manning (2)
Jim Plunkett (2)
Ben Roethlisberger (2)**
Bart Starr (2)*
Roger Staubach (2)*
*Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
**Active in 2016 playoffs

PLAYOFF STARTERS: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson helped lead the Seahawks to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and can join Joe Flacco as the only Super Bowl-era quarterbacks to start a playoff game in each of their first five seasons beginning with their rookie year.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15)*

Wilson has seven playoff wins in his first four seasons and trails only Tom Brady (nine), Joe Flacco (nine) and Ben Roethlisberger (eight) in postseason victories among quarterbacks in their first five seasons in the league.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason victories in their first five seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, POSTSEASON WINS
Tom Brady, New England (2000-04, 9)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12, 9)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004-08, 8)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15, 7)*
*Through four seasons

SMITH KEEPS IT SAFE: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith has made five career postseason starts, completing 112 of 186 passes (60.2 percent) for 1,309 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception for a 99.1 passer rating.

Smith’s 0.5 interception percentage is the lowest by a quarterback in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts). Dallas’ Tony Romo and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers rank second and fifth, respectively, in career interception percentage in NFL postseason history.

The lowest interception percentages in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts):

PLAYER, TEAMS (INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE)
Alex Smith, San Francisco and Kansas City (0.5)*
Tony Romo, Dallas (1.1)*
Drew Brees, San Diego and New Orleans (1.3)
Bart Starr, Green Bay (1.4)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (1.7)*
*Active in 2016 postseason

FIRST-TIMERS: Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie Dak Prescott, Houston’s Brock Osweiler, Miami’s MATT MOORE and Oakland rookie Connor Cook.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS)
Kelly Holcomb, Cleveland (429)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (423)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (407)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (391)
Neil Lomax, St. Louis Cardinals (385)

TAKING A PASS: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryanled the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in league history. New England’s Tom Brady (112.2), Dallas’ Dak Prescott (104.9) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (104.2) each recorded a passer rating of at least 100 and led their respective teams into the playoffs.

The quarterbacks with the highest passer rating in a single postseason (minimum of 50 attempts):

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (SEASON; ATTEMPTS/COMPLETIONS, YARDS; TD/INTERCEPTIONS, RATING)
Joe Montana, San Francisco (1989; 83/65, 800; 11/0, 146.4)
Bart Starr, Green Bay (1966; 51/35, 554; 6/1, 135.6)
Phil Simmsm New York Giants (1986; 58/38, 494; 8/0, 131.8)
Kurt Warner, Arizona (2009; 59/46, 584; 5/1, 129.1)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (1982; 89/61, 795; 8/0, 126.4)

THREE FOR 300: Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 4,327 yards, including four games with at least 300 passing yards, this season. Stafford has at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two postseason starts and is one of only four quarterbacks in postseason history with at least two consecutive games with 300+ passing yards.

The most consecutive postseason games with at least 300 passing yards to begin a career:

PLAYER, TEAM (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS)
Dan Fouts, San Diego (4)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (2)*
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle (2)
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (2)
*Active streak

RUSHING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RUSH YARDS-RUSH TDS)
John Riggins, Washington (1982; 610-4)
Terrell Davis Denver (1997; 581-8)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1998; 468-3)
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (1983; 466-4)
Eddie George, Tennessee (1999; 449-3)

The rookies with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RUSH YARDS)
Timmy Smith, Washington (1987; 34)
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore (2000; 338)
James Starks, Green Bay (2010; 315)
Duane Thomas, Dallas (1970; 313)
Ickey Woods, Cincinnati (1988; 307)

The rookies with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RUSH TDs)
Norm Standlee, Chicago Bears (1941; 4)
Tony Dorsett, Dallas (1977; 4)
William Floyd, San Francisco (1994; 4)
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (2000; 4)

FINDING PAYDIRT: New England running back Le Garrette Blount led the NFL with a franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016.

The players with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; TOTAL TDs)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1997; 8)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995; 6)
Ricky Watters, San Francisco (1993; 6)
Gerald Riggs, Washington (1991; 6)
John Riggins, Washington (1983; 6)
Franco Harris, Pittsburgh (1974; 6)
Larry Csonka, Miami (1973; 6)

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN ranked second in the NFL with 106 receptions. Brown, who has at least 100 catches in four consecutive seasons, is tied with Pro Football MARVIN HARRISON for the most consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; CATCHES)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008; 30)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011; 28)
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2013; 28)
Steve Smith Sr., Carolina (2005; 27)
Wes Welker, New England (2007; 27)

CATCHING ON: Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career. With two touchdown catches, Boldin will become the eighth player in NFL history with at least 10 postseason touchdown receptions and move into a tie for the third-most all-time.

The players with the most touchdown catches in postseason history:

PLAYER – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
Jerry Rice – 22
John Stallworth – 12
Fred Biletnikoff – 10
Antonio Freeman – 10
Larry Fitzgerald – 10
Randy Moss – 10
Hines Ward – 10
Rob Gronkowski – 9
Andre Reed – 9
Steve Smith Sr. – 9
Lynn Swann – 9
Reggie Wayne – 9
Anquan Boldin – 8*
*Active in 2016 postseason

WELCOME RECEPTION: There are 11 players in the 2016 playoff field who recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in the regular season: Atlanta’s Julio Jones (1,409), the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham, Jr. (1,367), Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (1,284), Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson (1,257), Oakland’s Amari Cooper (1,153), Miami’s Jarvis Landry (1,136), Seattle’s Doug Baldwin (1,128), Kansas City’s Travis Kelce (1,125), New England’s Julian Edleman (1,106), Detroit’s Golden Tate (1,077) and Oakland’s Michael Crabtree (1,003).

The players with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RECEPTIONS/RECEIVING YARDS/TD)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008; 3/546/7)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011; 28/444/4)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988; 21/409/6)
Steve Smith Sr., Carolina (2003; 18/404/3)
Charlie Brown, Washington (1983; 14/401/1)

200 CLUB: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones (300 yards, Week 4), New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (222 yards, Week 6) and Detroit wide receiver Marvin Jones, Jr. (205 yards, Week 3) each had at least 200 receiving yards in a single game in 2016. There have been eight 200-yard receiving games in NFL postseason history.

The players with at least 200 receiving yards in a postseason game:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; DATE-OPPONENT; RECEPTIONS/RECEIVING YARDS/TD)
Eric Moulds, Buffalo (1998; 1/2/99-Miami; 9/240/1)
Anthony Carter, Minnesota (1987; 1/9/88-San Francisco; 10/227/0)
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (2013; 1/4/14-Kansas City; 13/224/2)
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (2004; 1/9/05-Denver; 10/221/2)
Steve Smith Sr., Carolina (2005; 1/15/06-Chicago; 12/218/2)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988; 1/22/89-Cincinnati; 11/215/1)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2011; 1/7/12-New Orleans; 12/211/2)
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2011; 1/8/12-Pittsburgh;4/204/1)

TD PARTY: Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN led the AFC with 12 touchdown catches this season.

The players with the most receiving touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TD CATCHES)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 7)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988 – 6)
Dave Casper, Oakland (1977 – 5)
Alvin Garrett, Washington (1982 – 5)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1989 – 5)

ROOKIE RECEIVERS: New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard ranked second among rookies with 65 catches and 683 receiving yards and tied for second with eight touchdown catches in 2016.

The rookies with the most receiving yards in a playoff game:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, DATE – OPPONENT, RECEIVING YARDS)
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia (2009, 1/9/10 – Dallas, 146)
Keith Jackson, Philadelphia (1988, 12/31/88 – Chicago, 142)
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (2013, 1/12/14 – Denver, 142)
Reggie Bush, New Orleans (2006, 1/21/07 – Chicago, 132)
Billy Cannon, Houston Oilers (1960, 1/1/61 – Los Angeles Chargers, 128)

The rookies with the most receptions and receiving yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS)
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis (2006 – 22)
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (1999 – 20)
Austin Collie, Indianapolis (2009 – 17)
Chad Morton, New Orleans (2000-15)
David Johnson, Arizona (2015 – 15)

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, RECEIVING YARDS)
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (1999 – 242)
Austin Collie, Indianapolis (2009 – 241)
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia (2008 – 207)
Steve Junker, Detroit (1957 – 201)
Ricky Nattiel, Denver (1987 – 171)

TIGHT ENDS MAKING MARK: Kansas City’s Travis Kelce led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 86 receptions in 2016. New England’s Martellus Bennett tied for third among tight ends with seven  touchdowns catches.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

TIGHT END, TEAM (SEASON, RECEIVING YARDS)
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis (2006 – 317)
Vernon Davis, San Francisco (2011 – 292)
Rob Gronkowski, New England (2011 – 258)
Vernon Davis, San Francisco (2012 – 254)
Dan Ross, Cincinnati (1981 – 244)

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in a single postseason:

TIGHT END, TEAM (SEASON – RECEIVING TDs)
Dave Casper, Oakland (1977 – 5)
Vernon Davis, San Francisco (2011 – 4)
Many Tied with 3

SPECIAL DELIVERY: There have been 26 kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL postseason history. The last postseason kickoff-return touchdown was scored by Kansas City’s Knile Davis, who returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ Wild Card win at Houston last season.

Ten kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns in Super Bowl history, with the last coming on Percy Harvin’s 87-yard kickoff-return touchdown to open the second half of Super Bowl XLVIII. Ron Dixon of the New York Giants (2000-02) is
the only player with two career kickoff-return touchdowns in the playoffs.

Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill and Miami rookie Kenyan Drake are the only players in the 2016 postseason who returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season.

There have been only 21 punt-return touchdowns in playoff history. The last player with a punt-return touchdown in the postseason was Denver’s Trindon Holliday in the 2012 Divisional round (90 yards, the longest in NFL playoff
history). No player has ever recorded more than one in a career.

Among the players in the 2016 postseason who returned a punt for a touchdown this season are Hill (two), Detroit’s Andre Roberts (two), Houston’s Will Fuller (one) and Miami’s Jakeem Grant (one).

Hill, who was selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, is the only player in the NFL this season to return both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown.

SACK ATTACK I: Atlanta defensive end Dwight Freeney and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews tie for the lead among players in the 2016 playoff field with 10 career postseason sacks. Both players are on the verge of entering the top five in the category.

The top five players with the most postseason sacks (since 1982):

PLAYER – SACKS
Willie McGinest – 16.0
Bruce Smith – 14.5
Terrell Suggs – 12.5
Reggie White – 12.0
Charles Haley – 11.0
LaMarr Woodley – 11.0

SACK ATTACK II: Seven players in the 2016 playoff field recorded at least 10 sacks this season: Atlanta’s Vic Beasley, Jr. (15.5), Seattle’s Cliff Avril 11.5), Miami’s Cameron Wake (11.5), Oakland’s Khalil Mack (11), Green Bay’s Nick Perry (11), Seattle’s Frank Clark (10) and Kansas City’s Dee Ford (10).

The players with the most sacks in a postseason game:

PLAYER, TEAM (SACKS – OPPONENT; DATE)
Willie McGinest, New England (4.5 – Jacksonville, January 7, 2006)
Richard Dent, Chicago (3.5 – New York Giants, January 5, 1986)
Rich Milot, Washington (3.5 – Chicago, December 30, 1984)

The players with the most sacks in a single postseason:

MOST SACKS IN A POSTSEASON

PLAYER, TEAM (SACKS, SEASON)
LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh (6, 2008)
Michael McCrary, Baltimore (6, 2000)
Richard Dent, Chicago (6, 1985)
Von Miller, Denver (5, 2015)
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore (5, 2010)
Willie McGinest, New England (5, 2003)
Tony Tolbert, Dallas (5, 1995)

BALL HAWKS: Houston’s QUINTIN DEMPS, Kansas City’s Marcus Peters and the New York Giants’ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions each this season. The Giants’ duo of Rodgers-Cromartie (six) and Landon Collins (five) were the only pair of teammates in the league with at least five interceptions apiece.

The players with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire
postseason:

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN PLAYOFF GAME

SEASON – PLAYER, TEAM (INTERCEPTIONS, OPPONENT-DATE)
1979 – Vernon Perry, Houston Oilers (4, San Diego – December 29, 1979)
Many tied with 3

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON

SEASON – PLAYER, TEAM (INTERCEPTIONS)
1980 – Lester Hayes, Oakland (5)
1979 – Vernon Perry, Houston Oilers (5)
Many tied with 4

ROOKIE DEFENDER: Pittsburgh cornerback Artie Burns and Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones tied for the NFL rookie lead with three interceptions each this season.

The rookies with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire
postseason:

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A PLAYOFF GAME, ROOKIE

PLAYER, TEAM (INTERCEPTIONS, OPPONENT-DATE)
Vernon Perry, Houston Oilers (4, San Diego – December 29, 1979)
Ricky Manning, Jr., Carolina (3, Philadelphia – January 18, 2004)
Many tied with 2

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON, ROOKIE

SEASON – PLAYER (TEAM – INTERCEPTIONS)
1979 – Vernon Perry (Houston Oilers – 5)
2003 – Ricky Manning Jr. (Carolina – 4)
1980 – Roynell Young (Philadelphia – 3)
1969 – Jim Marsalis (Kansas City Chiefs – 3)
Many tied with 2

MR. RELIABLE: New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski has made 15 consecutive field goals in the postseason dating back to the 2011 season. Gostkowski ties for fourth all-time in career postseason points, trailing only Adam Vinatieri (234), David Akers (175) and Gary Anderson (153).

The players with the most career points scored in the postseason:

PLAYER, TEAMS (POINTS)
Adam Vinatieri, New England and Indianapolis (234)
David Akers, Philadelphia and San Francisco (175)
Gary Anderson, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota and Tennessee (153)
Stephen Gostkowski, New England (132)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco and Oakland (132)

The kickers with the most points scored in a single postseason:

SEASON – PLAYER, TEAM (POINTS)
2006 – Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis (49)
1992 – Steve Christie, Buffalo (39)
1987 – Chuck Nelson, Minnesota (36)
2003 – John Kasay, Carolina (35)
2011 – Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants (34)
1985 – Tony Franklin, New England (34)

BEST NFL PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES

(Single postseason)

PASSING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – COMPLETIONS/ATTEMPTS; TD/INTERCEPTIONS)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2011 – 106/163 for 1,219; 9/1)
Kurt Warner, Arizona (2008 – 92/135 for 1,147; 11/3)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2012 – 73/126 for 1,140; 11/0)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2010 – 90/132 for 1,094; 9/2)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1999 – 77/121 for 1,063; 8/4)

RUSHING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – ATTEMPTS/YARDS, TD)
John Riggins, Washington (1982 – 136/610, 4)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1997 – 112/581, 8)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1998 – 78/468, 3)
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (1983 – 58/466, 4)
Eddie George, Tennessee (1999 – 108/449, 3)

RECEIVING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS/YARDS, TD)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 30/546, 7)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011 – 28/444, 4)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988 – 21/409, 6)
Steve Smith, Carolina (2003 – 18/404, 3)
Charlie Brown, Washington (1983 – 14/401, 1)

RECEPTIONS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS/YARDS, TD)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 30/546, 7)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011 – 28/444, 4)
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2013 – 28/306, 3)
Steve Smith, Carolina (2005 – 27/335, 3)
Wes Welker, New England (2007 – 27/213, 2)

SCRIMMAGE TOUCHDOWNS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TOTAL TDs/RUSH TD/REC. TD)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1997 – 8/8/0)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 7/0/7)
Larry Csonka, Miami (1973 – 6/6/0)
Franco Harris, Pittsburgh (1974 – 6/6/0)
John Riggins, Washington (1983 – 6/6/0)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988 – 6/0/6)
Gerald Riggs, Washington (1991 – 6/6/0)
Ricky Watters, San Francisco (1993 – 6/6/0)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995 – 6/6/0)

THE COACHES

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has 23 career postseason victories, the most all-time.

The head coaches with the most playoff wins:

HEAD COACH, TEAMS (PLAYOFF WINS)
Bill Belichick, Cleveland and New England (23)*
Tom Landry, Dallas (20)
Don Shula, Baltimore Colts and Miami (19)
Joe Gibbs, Washington (17)
Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh (16)
*Active in 2016 postseason

Since joining New England in 2000, Belichick has led the Patriots to four Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), which is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Noll (IX, X, XIII, XIV) of Pittsburgh for the most in history.

— NFL —

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Four head coaches in the 2016 postseason field have won at least one Super Bowl title – New England’s Bill Belichick (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), Seattle’s Pete Carroll (XLVIII), Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (XLIII) and Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy (XLV). Additionally, Kansas City’s Andy Reid (XXXIX with Philadelphia) and Detroit’s Jim Caldwell (XLIV with Indianapolis) have each led a team that advanced to the Super Bowl.

The head coaches in the 2016 playoff field with Super Bowl experience:

HEAD COACH, CURRENT TEAM (SUPER BOWL TEAM SUPER BOWL WINS-LOSSES)
Bill Belichick, New England (New England XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX-XLII, XLVI)
Pete Carroll, Seattle (Seattle XLVIII-XLIX)
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh XLIII-XLV)
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay (Green Bay XLV)
Andy Reid, Kansas City (Philadelphia XXXIX)
Jim Caldwell, Detroit (Indianapolis XLIV)

POSTSEASON RECORDS OF 2016 PLAYOFF HEAD COACHES

COACH, TEAM (W-L, PCT.)
Bill Belichick, New England (23-10 .697)
Pete Carroll, Seattle (9-6 .600)
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh (6-5 .545)
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay (8-7 .533)
Andy Reid, Kansas City (11-11 .500)
Jason Garrett, Dallas (1-1 .500)
Jim Caldwell, Detroit (2-3 .400)
Jack Del Rio, Oakland (1-2 .333)
Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans 0-1 (.000)
Adam Gase, Miami 0-0 (.000)
Ben McAdoo, New York Giants 0-0 (.000)
Dan Quinn, Atlanta 0-0 (.000)

Regular season? Done.

This is the playoffs and there are four really good games. Three of the four contests (Oakland-Houston, Miami-Pittsburgh, New York Giants-Green Bay) are rematches from the 2016 campaign, while the fourth match (Detroit-Seattle) is a first time meeting in the post season. This means that the game plans will be tweakted. It also means that all four games this weekend are “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

The mission’s easy.

Win. Advance.

Lose. Kickoff is next year.

The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8, with Wild Card Weekend. On Saturday, the Oakland Raiders play at the Houston Texans (ESPN/ABC, 4:35 PM ET) and the Detroit Lions visit the Seattle Seahawks on NBC at 8:15 p.m. Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday with the Miami Dolphins at the Pittsburgh Steelers on CBS at 1:05 p.m. and the New York Giants traveling to face the Green Bay Packers on FOX at 4:40 p.m..

The following week (January 14-15), the New England Patriots (Saturday on CBS at 8:15 p.m.) and Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday on NBC at 1:05 p.m.) in the AFC and the Dallas Cowboys (Sunday on FOX at 4:40 p.m.) and Atlanta Falcons (Saturday on FOX, 4:35 p.m.) in the NFC host the Divisional Playoffs. The Patriots and Cowboys own home-field advantage for the Conference Championship Games (January 22) if they win their Divisional contests.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on ESPN at 8 p.m. and Super Bowl LI will take place on Sunday, February 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on FOX at 6:30 p.m.

New England, Kansas City, Dallas and Atlanta have byes in the first round and will play at home next weekend. They’ll know who they’re playing when the dust settles Sunday evening. As for last week’s picks, it wasn’t a bad week when you go 11-5. For the season, that’s 174-80. A pretty good week indeed.

Having said that, here are Saturday and Sunday’s playoff picks.

Oakland (12-4) at Houston (9-7), 4:35 p.m. Saturday on ESPN/ABC. Wild Card weekend gets underway in the Lone Star State as the Houston Texans, looking to be the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium, hosts the Oakland Raiders at NRG Stadium in playoff Saturday afternoon action. Both clubs limp into the first round of the post-season with losses under their respective belts as well as QB issues.

Oakland fell to Denver 24-3 in the Mile High City to close the 2016 regular season out. The Silver and Black trailed 10-0 at the break and could only muster a third quarter TD pass from Connor Cook to WR Amari Cooper for their only points. Cook took over for Matt McGloin, who suffered a shoulder injury in the contest. In the process of rushing for 143 yards, the Broncos held Oakland to 57 rushing yards and Cook threw for 150 yards with a pair of sacks (Trevor Siemian threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs). Oakland was 2 of 11 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 24:35, while the Broncos were 5 of 15, 1 of 3 on fourth and kept the ball for 35:25.

Houston fell to Tennessee 24-17 in the Volunteer State last Sunday afternoon. The Texans trailed 14-0 at the half but managed to outscored the Titans 17-10 in the last 30 minutes of action. Houston was held to 46 yards of rushing, while the Titans tallied 103 and knocked Tom Savage (concussion) out of the contest. Brock Osweiler took over for the Texans, throwing for 253 yards and a TD pass to TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, while Matt Cassel threw for 150. Houston was 3 of 15 on third down tries but ruled fourth down, going 4 of 6 and kept the ball for 29:08, while the Titans were 9 of 15 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 30:52.

Oakland is making 1st playoff appearance since 2002 season. The Silver and Black aim for 1st playoff win since 1/19/03 (vs. Tennessee in AFC Championship) and won 12 games for 1st time since 2000. The Texans are winners of consecutive AFC South titles for 2nd time in franchise history (2011-12) and are 2-1 at home in postseason…

The two teams have never met in the post and they did not meet in the regular season. The Texans lead the series 6-3 and have outscored Oakland 226-172. Houston won the last meeting with the Silver and Black, taking a 30-14 win in Oakland in 2014, while the Raiders’ last win in the series came in Houston in 2013 by a final of 28-23.

They did meet in the 2016 campaign but it wasn’t in the United States. They met on the Monday night before Thanksgiving and the Raiders broke a 10-10 tie in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, coming away 27-20 winners. Oakland got a pair of fourth quarter TD passes from David Carr to take the win South of the border, then held off a late Houston rally that would have given the Texans a chance to tie the contest or take the lead outright. Houston did manage to outrush Oakland 124-30 (the Texans’ Lamar Miller led all rushers with 104 yards and a TD), while Carr threw for 295 (Brock Osweiler for Houston threw for 243 yards with a TD and was sacked twice). Houston was at 50 percent on third down conversions, going 8 of 16 and kept the ball for 36:27 to Oakland’s 23:33 (the Raiders were 4 of 11 on third down tries and both teams were 1 of 2 on fourth down).

Houston’s a 3 1/2-point favorite and the over/under’s 38 1/2. The winner of this one gets to go to either Kansas City or Foxboro. The loser gets to go home and clean out their lockers. Houston has been known to self-destruct in the playoffs but not this time. Texans cover the 3 1/2 and win in the Lone Star State.

Detroit (9-7) at Seattle (10-5-1), 8:15 p.m. Saturday on NFL. The second Saturday Wild Card game takes place in the Pacific Northwest as the Seattle Seahawks, winners of the NFC West, face the Detroit Lions at Century Link Field.

Detroit backed their way into the post-season after the New York Giants beat Washington 19-10 at Landover, which made their contest with Green Bay a “winner-take-all” contest, the winner getting the NFC North title and the loser getting the Wild Card spot. Detroit led 14-10 at the half at Ford Field, only to see that lead get away from them in the final 30 minutes of play as Aaron Rodgers burned the Lions for four TDs enroute to a 31-24 win in the Motor City. Rodgers’ first TD strike to WR Davante Adams with 9:23 left in the third gave them the lead for keeps and the Packers would never relinquish it from that point onward. Rookie WR Geronimo Allison and Adams caught the other two TD passes, as Rodgers threw for 300 and the four TDs. Green Bay outrushed Detroit 153-76 in the win, while Matthew Stafford threw for 347 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Golden Tate on a 3-yarder with 23 seconds left before the intermission. Green Bay was 7 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 34:09, while the Lions, who held the pigskin for 25:51, went 5 of 12 on third down coversions.

Seattle led San Francisco 19-14 at halftime at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, then held off the 49ers 25-23 to take the number three seed in the post-season tournament. the contest in wine country was not much to write home about as far as the running game was concerned and neither club breached the 100-yard barrier (Seattle outrushed San Francisco 87-62) and Russell Wilson threw for 258 yards and a TD, while the Seahawk defense sacked Colin Kaepernick (215 yards, TD) five times in what would be the final game for Chip Kelly as 49ers head coach.

RECORDS VS. COMMON OPPONENTS
Detroit: 3-2 (Green Bay 0-2; Los Angeles 1-0, New Orleans 1-0, Philadelphia 1-0)
Seatle: 2-3 (Green Bay 0-1; Los Angeles 1-1; New Orleans 0-1; Philadephia 1-0)

The Lions earned a playoff berth for 2nd time in past 3 seasons. Had NFL-record 8 wins after trailing in 4th quarter or OT. Head coach Jim Caldwell has made playoffs in 3 of 6 seasons as an NFL head coach

Seattle advanced to playoffs for 5th consecutive season and the Seahawks have won 10+ games in each of past 5 seasons. Seattle will aim for 3rd Super Bowl appearance in past 4 seasons and have won 6 of past 8 postseason games and have playoff win in each of past 4 postseasons. Head coach Pete Carroll is 8-4 (.667) in playoffs

This is the first meeting between the two clubs in the post-season. They have met 13 times before and the Seahawks lead series 8-5, outscoring the Lions 306-251. Seattle won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 13-10 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2015, while the Lions’ last win in the series came in 2012 in the Motor City by a final of 28-24.

The 2015 meeting took place at Century Link Field in week four and Seattle led the contest 10-3 at the intermission before holding off a late Detroit rally in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle outrushed Detroit 110-53 and Wilson threw for 287 yards and a TD to Doug Baldwin but was sacked six time, while Stafford threw for 203 yards. Seattle ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:04 (the Seahawks were 6 of 13 on third down, Detroit was 3 of 13), while the Lions held the pigskin for 27:56.

Seattle’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. It could be closer than the 8, given that both offenses are capable of moving the ball. For Detroit, they’ve been streaky of late, while Seattle has been kings of the NFC West mountain for the better part of the year. Seattle wins in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks but expect things to be closer than 8 points.

Miami (10-6) at Pittsburgh (11-5), 1:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS. It’s a week six rematch for the second leg of the AFC Wild Card race as the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers meet at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

Miami got manhandled by New England and Tom Brady 35-14 at Hard Rock Stadium. The Pats led 20-7 at the intermission in the Sunshine State and never looked back in the win that allowed them to clinch home field advantage. New England outrushed Miami 120-75 and Brady threw for 276 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. Both teams went 7 of 12 on third down tries and New England held the ball for 31:22 to Miami’s 28:38.

Pittsburgh needed overtime to beat Cleveland 27-24 last Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers trailed the Browns 14-7 at the break and then proceeded to rally without the services of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and took the lead with 5:14 left in regulation when backup QB Landry Jones and rookie WR Demarcus Ayers connected on an 11-yard TD pass. Cleveland retied the contest with 3:28 left when Glen Atkinson III scored from five yards out. The Browns then won the toss to start the overtime and moved the ball downfield, only to be stopped by the Steelers defense, forcing them to connect on a 34-yard field goal by Chris Parkey. Pittsburgh then got the ball back to either tie or win the game outright and they chose to take the win, using a 9-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:20 of clock and allowed Steelers fans to go home happy when Jones (277 yards, three TDs, four sacks, interception) and Chris Hamilton hooked up on a 26-yard TD pass with 2:57 left in the overtime. Pittsburgh, who forced four Cleveland turnovers, found themselves being outrushed 231-69 by Cleveland with the Browns’ Isaiah Crowell running for 152 of those yards with Robert Griffin III throwing for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. The Steelers were 3 of 14 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:09, while the Browns ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 38:54, going 8 of 15 on third down tries.

They met in week six in the Sunshine State and the Dolphins came away 30-15 winners at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami, leading 16-8 at the half, knocked Roethlisberger (189 yards, TD, two interceptions) out of the contest with a knee injury and outrushed the Steelers 222-128 (Joseph Ajayi led all rushers with 204 yards and a pair of TDs) and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill threw for 252 yards without an interception in the contest. The ‘Fins were 50 percent on third down tries, going 7 of 14 and held the ball for 36:30, while the Steelers kept the ball for 23:30, going 3 of 11 on third down.

RECORDS VS. COMMON OPPONENTS

Miami: 5-4 (Cincinnati 0-1; New York Jets 2-0; New England 0-2; Baltimore 0-1; Cleveland 1-0; Buffalo 2-0)
Pittsburgh: 7-2 (Cincinnati 2-0; New York Jets 1-0; New England 0-1; Baltimore 1-1; Cleveland 2-0; Buffalo 1-0)

Miami is 20-20 (.500) all-time postseason record. 1st postseason appearance since 2008 season.

The Steelers 34-23 all-time postseason record, tied with Dallas (34) for most total playoff wins all-time. Rank 5th all-time in postseason win pct. (.596). Pittsburgh has won 7 division titles since 2002, 5th most in NFL.

The Dolphins and Steelers have played each other three times in the post-season. Miami leads the series 2-1 and have barely outscored the Steelers 80-79. Miami’s last post-season win over the Steelers came in the old Orange Bowl in 1984 in the AFC Championship, with the Dolphins taking a 45-28 win, while Pittsburgh’s lone post-season victory came in 1979 at old Three Rivers Stadium in the AFC Divisonal Playoff by a final of 34-14.

Miami covered the 7-point spread in the process of winning by 15 but Miami and Pittsburgh missed the over/under of 48 by a field goal. This time, the Steelers are a 10-point favorite and the over/under’s 47. It’s been a fun run for the Dolphins this year but it comes to an end, even though it’ll be closer than 10 points. Pittsburgh does prevail at home at Heinz and takes the win to move on to the next round.

New York Giants (11-5) at Green Bay (10-6), 4:40 p.m. Sunday on FOX. Eli Manning. Aaron Rodgers. They meet again. It’s a week five rematch at Lambeau as the Giants and Packers close out Wild Card Weekend in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

New York helped both Green Bay and Detroit get into the post-season with the 19-10 win over the Washington Redskins at Landover last Sunday. In the process of knocking the Redskins out of the playoffs, Big Blue led 10-0 before Washington came back to tie the contest up at 10-10 with 8:13 left in the contest. New York took the lead back for keeps on a 40-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 2:12 left to play and then put the nail in the ‘Skins coffin when CB Tevin Wade returned a Washington fumble 11 yards for a TD as time expired. The Giants outrushed Wasington 161-38 with rookie RB Paul Perkins leading all rushers with 102 yards, while Manning threw for 180 yards without a pick. The Giants defense forced three Washington turnovers, picking off Kirk Cousins (287 yards, TD, four sacks) twice in the 9-point win at FedEx Field. The Giants were 6 of 17 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 35:52, while the Redskins held the pigskin for 24:08, going 4 of 12 on third down.

Green Bay and Detroit backed their way into the post-season after the New York Giants beat Washington 19-10 at Landover, which made their contest with Green Bay a “winner-take-all” contest, the winner getting the NFC North title and the loser getting the Wild Card spot. The Packers trailed 14-10 at the half at Ford Field, then rallied to win the NFC North title as Rodgers made Packers fans R E L A X and burned the Lions for four TDs enroute to a 31-24 win in the Motor City. Rodgers’ first TD strike to WR Davante Adams with 9:23 left in the third gave them the lead for keeps and the Packers would never relinquish it from that point onward. Rookie WR Geronimo Allison and Adams caught the other two TD passes, as Rodgers threw for 300 and the four TDs. Green Bay outrushed Detroit 153-76 in the win, while Matthew Stafford threw for 347 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Golden Tate on a 3-yarder with 23 seconds left before the intermission. Green Bay was 7 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 34:09, while the Lions, who held the pigskin for 25:51, went 5 of 12 on third down coversions.

The Giants and Packers met at Lambeau in week five and the Packers took Eli (199 yards, TD, three sacks) and Big Blue to task, coming away 23-16 winners. Green Bay and Rodgers (259 yards, two TDs) led 17-6 at the half in the Sunday night affair before the Giants rallied in the final 30 minutes of action to keep things close. Green Bay outrushed New York 147-43 (Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 81 yards) and held the ball for 36:38, going 9 of 19 on third down, while the Giants were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 23:22.

New York earned the playoff berth for 1st time since 2011 & 1st under head coach Ben Mc Adoo. McAdoo spent 8 seasons with GB (2006-13) and was team’s QB coach in 2012 and 2013. Big Blue will make its 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history

Green Bay: They yave won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .604 postseason winning pct. (32-21) is best in NFL history among teams with 50+ games played. This is team’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. Mike McCarthy has led team to playoffs in 9 of his 11 seasons as head coach.

In the post-season, the Packers lead the series 4-3 and have outscored Big Blue 151-97. Packer fans would like to forget the 2011 NFC Championship meeting at frosty Lambeau as the Giants took a 30-27 win in 2011.  For Green Bay’s last win in the post-season over the Giants, you will have to go all the way back to 1961, when the Packers shut out New York Packers 37-0 at Lambeau.

In the week five contest, Green Bay barely missed the 7 1/2-point spread, winning by 7 and both teams missed the 48 over/undder, scoring only 39 points. This time around, the Packers are again the darlings of the boys and girls in Vegas, favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. The entire nation will be watching and not suprisingly the Dallas Cowboys will be as well, pulling for Green Bay to beat the Giants at Lambeau, so they don’t have to face them again. Cowboys and Packer fans will get their wish. Green Bay covers the 4 1/2 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst to close out Wild Card Weekend.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs on January 7-8 and Divisional Playoffs on January 14-15. (All times Eastern)

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday, January 7
AFC: Oakland at Houston, 4:35 p.m. on ESPN with simulcast on ABC
NFC: Detroit at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, January 8
AFC: Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. on CBS
NFC: New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:40 on FOX

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 14
NFC: Seattle/Green Bay/New York Giants at Atlanta, 4:35 p.m. on FOX
AFC: Houston/Oakland/Miami at New England, 8:15 p.m. on CBS

Sunday, January 15
AFC: Pittsburgh/Houston/Oakland at Kansas City, 1:05 p.m. on NBC
NFC: Green Bay/New York Giants/Detroit at Dallas, 4:40 p.m. on FOX

In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest seeded Wild

Card survivor. Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:

The NFC Championship Game will be on FOX at 3:05 p.m. and the AFC Championship Game will be on CBS at 6:40 p.m. Both games

will be played on Sunday, January 22.

The 2017 Pro Bowl (ESPN, 8:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and

Super Bowl LI will take place on Sunday, February 5 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET), at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Final Playoff Seeding
AFC
1. New England (14-2, AFC East Champion)
2. Kansas City (12-4, AFC West Champion)
3. Pittsburgh (11-4, AFC North Champion)
4. Houston (9-7, AFC South Champion)
5. Oakland (12-4, 1st Wild Card)
6. Miami (10-6, 2nd Wild Card)

National Football Conference
1. Dallas (13-3, NFC East champion)
2. Atlanta (11-5, NFC South champion)
3. Seattle (10-5-1, NFC West champion)
4. Green Bay (10-6, NFC North champion)
5. New York Giants (11-5, 1st Wild Card)
6. Detroit (9-7, 2nd Wild Card)

The end is near for 20 teams that will not make the post-season party. For the 12 teams (the four division winners and the two wild card teams in the NFC and AFC), their week is just getting underway after Sunday’s action and for the third straight season, the final game of the season (game number 256) is for all the marbles. It’s winner-takes-it-all, loser goes home as Green Bay travels to the Motor City for a prime time contest with the Detroit Lions.

ICYMI: In the NFC, Dallas beat Detroit 42-21 Monday night in Arlington, which allowed them to secure the NFC East and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs on Thursday night due to the New York Giants’ loss.

Atlanta defeated Carolina 33-16, locked up the NFC South, which allowed them to lock the top spot up with Tampa Bay’s loss at New Orleans.

The New York Giants may have lost on Thursday night at Philadelphia but they punched their ticket to the playoff party after the New Orleans Saints beat Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon in the Big Easy.

The Houston Texans defeated Cincinnati Saturday night, allowing them to clinch the AFC South.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North with a win over Baltimore Sunday afternoon.

The Kansas City Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with a win after Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Miami Dolphins, who defeated Buffalo 34-31 in overtime, clinched a playoff berth after Denver lost t0 Kansas City Sunday  night. For the Dolphins, it is their first playoff berth since 2008.

•The New England Patroits defeated the New York Jets 41-3 to improve to 13-2 on the season. The Patriots have six seasons with at least 13 victories in franchise history, tying the Denver Broncos for the second-most 13+ win seasons in NFL history. The San Francisco 49ers (nine) are the only franchise with more 13+ win seasons.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recorded his 200th career regular-season victory with New England, becoming the fifth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins with a franchise, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay).

•Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns for a 121.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ 33-16 victory at Carolina. Ryan connected on touchdown passes to tight ends Joshua Perkins and D.J. Tialavea – the first career TD catch for each player – and has thrown a touchdown pass to 13 different players this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.

Carolina tight end Greg Olseon had six catches for 59 yards against Atlanta. Olsen, who has 1,051 receiving yards this season, is the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

•Miami running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 206 yards – including 75 yards on the team’s game-winning drive in overtime – and one touchdown in the Dolphins’ 34-31 OT victory at Buffalo. Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh and 214 yards in Week 7 vs. the Bills, is the fourth player in NFL history to record three games with at least 200 rushing yards in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Earl Campbell (four in 1980) and O.J. Simpson (three in 1973) and Tiki Barber (three in 2005).

Ajayi has 420 rushing yards in two games against Buffalo this season, the fourth-highest rushing total against one team in a single season, trailing Jamal Lewis (500 vs. Cleveland in 2003), Simpson (469 vs. New England in 1973) and La Dainian Tomlinson (430 vs. Oakland in 2003).

•Arizona running back David Johnson had 136 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 41 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 34-31 win at Seattle. Johnson has scored multiple touchdowns in 11 career games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James for the most such games in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

With 136 scrimmage yards in the win, Johnson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15) as the only players in NFL history to record 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in a single season. He also extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to start a season to 15 games.

Johnson has 1,233 rushing yards and 841 receiving yards this season and is the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk(1998-2000), Le’Veon Bell (2014) and Steven Jackson (2006).

•Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns for a 136.6 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-25 victory over Minnesota. Rodgers, who has 4,128 passing yards this season, has six career seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (five) for the most in franchise history.

Rodgers added 13 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the victory, bringing his career rushing total to 2,502 yards. Rodgers, who has 36,527 career passing yards, joins Pro Football Hall of Famers John Elway (51,475 passing, 3,407 rushing) and Fran Tarkenton (47,003 passing, 3,674 rushing) and Donovan McNabb (37,276 passing, 3,469 rushing) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in a career.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson had nine catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Minnesota. Nelson, who has 14 touchdown receptions this season, has three seasons with at least 13 touchdown catches in his career and puts himself in some pretty good company, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison for the fourth-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (eight), Terrell Owens (seven) and Randy Moss (six) have more such seasons in NFL history.

•Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 270 yards with one touchdown and rushed for two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 41-21 win at Chicago. This season, Cousins has passed for a franchise-record 4,630 yards and has four rushing touchdowns. He is the second player in NFL history (Aaron Rodgers, 2008-09) to have at least 4,000 passing yards and four or more rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

When the 2017 season starts, three teams (Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Buffalo) will have new coaches. Jeff Fisher was let go by the Rams December 12th after their loss to Atlanta in Los Angeles, Gus Bradley and the Jaguars parted ways December 4th and Rex Ryan was given his walking papers by the Buffalo Bills Tuesday.

In case you haven’t heard, all the games this weekend are rematches, so there are no secrets unhid. For the teams that won the first time, it’s a chance to let the other team know that the first time was not a fluke; for the losers, it’s not only a chance to get revenge, it’s a chance to ruin a season in the process.

As for last week… another 10-6 (six weeks in a row with double digit wins). Not bad. It wasn’t nice but it wasn’t naughty. For the year, we’re 163-75.

As was the case last week, every game on the docket this week is DRILL WORTHY! (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

It’s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, January 1. All 16 games are division contests. And with one week to go, there are still 14 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

The schedule is set for Week 17, culminating with the final game of the 2016 regular season (game number 256) to determine the NFC North winner. On Sunday night in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the Detroit Lions (9-6) will host the Green Bay Packers (9-6) at Ford Field with the division title on the line. And depending on the results of Sunday’s earlier games, the loser of this contest could be out of the playoff picture entirely.

The playoff teams in the AFC are locked in – New England (13-2), Oakland (12-3), Kansas City (11-4), Pittsburgh (10-5), Miami (10-5) and Houston (9-6) – although there’s still plenty to play for in Week 17.

The Patriots, who have won the AFC East and earned a first-round bye, can secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or an Oakland loss. The Raiders can earn the No. 1 seed with a win and a New England loss. Oakland can lock up the AFC West and a first-round bye with a win or a loss by Kansas City. The Chiefs can take the AFC West division title and earn a first-round bye with a win and an Oakland loss.

Three AFC division winners have been determined: New England (AFC East), Pittsburgh (AFC North) and Houston (AFC South). The Steelers have won the AFC North and locked up the No. 3 seed. The Texans, who have clinched the AFC South, will enter the postseason as the No. 4 seed. The AFC West winner (Oakland or Kansas City) will earn a first-round bye and the Raiders still have a shot to claim home-field advantage.

The Dolphins have secured a Wild Card berth. The runner-up in the AFC West (Kansas City or Oakland) will qualify for the postseason as a Wild Card entrant.

In the NFC, three of the four NFC division winners have been determined: Dallas (NFC East), Atlanta (NFC South) and Seattle (NFC West). The Cowboys (13-2) have secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Falcons (10-5) can earn the Number 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win or losses by both Seattle and Detroit. The Seahawks (9-5-1) can lock up the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and an Atlanta loss.

The NFC North winner will be determined on Sunday night when Detroit (9-6) hosts Green Bay (9-6) at Ford Field. The Lions can also claim the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and losses by both Atlanta and Seattle.

The New York Giants have clinched a Wild Card berth and are locked in as the No. 5 seed. The final NFC playoff spot comes down to the NFC North runner-up (Detroit or Green Bay), Washington (8-6-1) and Tampa Bay (8-7).

RACE TO 5,000: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (4,858), Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (4,630) and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (4,613) are the NFL’s top three passing yardage leaders this season.

Brees, Cousins and Ryan can each reach 5,000 yards passing on Sunday and would become the second trio of quarterbacks to reach 5,000 passing yards in the same season, joining Brees (5,476), Tom Brady (5,235) and Matthew Stafford (5,038) who all accomplished the feat in 2011.

The quarterbacks with 5,000 passing yards in a season:

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – 2013 (Denver – 5,477)
Drew Brees – 2011 (New Orleans – 5,476)
Tom Brady – 2011 (New England – 5,235)
Drew Brees – 2012 (New Orleans – 5,177)
Drew Brees – 2013 (New Orleans – 5,162)
Dan Marino – 1984 (Miami – 5,084)^
Drew Brees – 2008 (New Orleans – 5,069)
Matthew Stafford – 2011 (Detroit – 5,038)
Drew Brees – 2016 (New Orleans – 4,858)*
Kirk Cousins – 2016 (Washington – 4,630)*
Matt Ryan – 2016 (Atlanta – 4,613)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who has recorded four of the NFL’s eight 5,000-yard passing seasons, is the only quarterback in league history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons.

BRADY BARELY BLEMISHED: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has passed for 25 touchdowns with two interceptions and leads the NFL with a 12.5 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.

With three touchdowns and no interceptions at Miami on Sunday, Brady would have the highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns).

The highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratios in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns):

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM, TOUCHDOWN PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS; TD/INT RATIO)
Nick Foles – 2013 (Philadelphia, 27/2; 13.5)
Tom Brady – 2016 (New England, 25/2; 12.5)*
Tom Brady – 2010 (New England, 36/4; 9.0)
Aaron Rodgers – 2014 (Green Bay, 38/5; 7.6)
Aaron Rodgers – 2011 (Green Bay, 45/6; 7.5)
*Through Week 16

ZOOMING ZEKE: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

With 69 rushing yards at Philadelphia on Sunday, Elliott would become the second rookie in NFL history with 1,700 rushing yards in a season. Elliott needs 178 rushing yards against the Eagles to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808) as the NFL’s all-time rookie rushing leader.

The rookies with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 1,808)^
George Rogers, 1981 (New Orleans – 1,674)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,631)*
Alfred Morris, 2012 (Washington – 1,613)
Ottis Anderson, 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,605)
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 1,553)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,994 yards from scrimmage (1,631 rushing, 363 receiving), the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history.

With six scrimmage yards on Sunday, Elliott would become the third rookie in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999).

The rookies with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM, SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 2,212)^
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 2,139)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,994)*
Doug Martin, 2012 (Tampa Bay – 1,926)
Billy Sims, 1980 (Detroit – 1,924)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAK DAZZLES: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott leads all rookie quarterbacks with 3,630 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes and a 105.6 passer rating this season while helping guide the Cowboys to a 13-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

With a victory at Philadelphia on Sunday, Prescott would record his 14th win as a starting quarterback, passing Ben Roethlisberger (13 in 2004) for the most by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott (23) needs four touchdown passes on Sunday to surpass Peyton Manning (26) and Russell Wilson (26) for the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

The most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Russell Wilson, 2012 (Seattle – 26)
Peyton Manning, 1998 (Indianapolis – 26)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 23)*
Andrew Luck, 2012 (Indianapolis – 23)
*Through 15 games

Prescott has thrown only four interceptions in 451 passing attempts this season and ranks third among qualifying quarterbacks with a 0.9 interception percentage, trailing only Tom Brady (0.5 percent) and Sam Bradford (0.8 percent).

Prescott is on pace to record the lowest interception percentage by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts).

The rookie quarterbacks with the lowest interception percentages in NFL history (minimum 200 attempts):

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – PASSING ATTEMPTS/INTERCEPTIONS, INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 451/4, 0.9)*
Robert Griffin III, 2012 (Washington – 393/5, 1.3)
Nick Foles, 2012 (Philadelphia – 265/5, 1.9)
Charlie Batch, 1998 (Detroit – 303/6, 2.0)
Derek Carr, 2014 (Oakland – 599/12, 2.0)
*Through 15 games

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards with four touchdown passes for a 136.6 passer rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Packers’ 38-25 win vs. Minnesota last week. Rodgers leads the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns this season. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees ranks second in the league with 35 touchdown passes in 2016.

With four touchdown passes at Detroit on Sunday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (1984, 1986), Peyton Manning (2004, 2013) and Brees (2011, 2012).

With five touchdown passes at Atlanta on Sunday, Brees can become the first quarterback in NFL history with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes.

The quarterbacks with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons:

PLAYER (SEASONS, (TEAM(S); SEASONS WITH 40+ TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning, (2004 and 2013, Indianapolis and Denver; 2)
Drew Brees (2011 and 2012, New Orleans; 2)*
Dan Marino (1984 and 1986, Miami; 2)^
Aaron Rodgers (2011, Green Bay; 1)**
*Has 35 touchdown passes through 15 games
**Has 36 touchdown passes through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GOOD COMPANY: Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson had 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 16.

Nelson, who has 91 catches for 1,191 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions this season, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter (1995), Jerry Rice (1995) and Marvin Harrison (2001) and Randy Moss (2003).

The players with at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a season:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RECEPTIONS/REC. YARDS; TD CATCHES)
Randy Moss, 2003 (Minnesota – 111/1,632;17)
Marvin Harrison, 2001 (Indianapolis – 109/1,524;15)^
Cris Carter, 1995 (Minnesota – 122/1,371; 17)^
Jerry Rice, 1995 (San Francisco – 1.848; 15)^
Jordy Nelson, 2016 (Green Bay – 91/1,191; 14)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROCKING RAIDER: Just catch the ball, baby! Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper has 78 catches for 1,110 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season.

With one touchdown catch on Sunday at Denver, Cooper would become the third player in NFL history to have at least 70 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of his first two career seasons, joining Odell Beckham, Jr. (2014-2015) and Marques Colston (2006-2007).

The players with at least 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of their first two seasons:

PLAYER, SEASONS (TEAM, SEASONS WITH 70+ CATCHES, 1,000+ REC. YARDS AND 5+ TD CATCHES IN FIRST 2 YEARS)
Odell Beckham Jr., 2014-2015 (New York Giants, 2)
Marques Colston, 2006-2007 (New Orleans, 2)
Amari Cooper, 2015-2016 (Oakland, 1)*
*Through 15 games

RINGING THE BELL: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell ranks third in the NFL with 1,884 yards from scrimmage (1,268 rushing, 616 receiving) this season, despite only appearing in 12 games.

With 116 yards from scrimmage against Cleveland on Sunday, Bell, who had 2,215 scrimmage yards in 2014, can become the seventh player in NFL history to record multiple seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in his first four career seasons.

The most seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in a player’s first four seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS WITH 2,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN FIRST 4 YEARS)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles (3)^
Terrell Davis, Denver (2)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (2)
Larry Johnson, Kansas City (2)
Ray Rice, Baltimore (2)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (2)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (1)*
*Has 1,884 scrimmage yards through Week 16
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Bell leads the NFL with a 157.0 scrimmage yards per game average in 2016, the third-highest single-season average in NFL history.

The highest single-season scrimmage yards per game averages in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – SCRIMMAGE YARDS PER GAME AVERAGE)
Priest Holmes, 2002 (Kansas City – 163.4)
O.J. Simpson, 1975 (Buffalo – 160.2)^
Le’Veon Bell, 2016 (Pittsburgh – 157.0)*
Chris Johnson, 2009 (Tennessee – 156.8)
Marshall Faulk, 2000 (St. Louis – 156.4)^
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CATCH IT LIKE BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. JR. had 11 catches for 150 yards in the Giants’ Week 16 loss to Philadelphia, his 19th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tying Randy Moss (19) for the most by a player in his first three seasons.

With 100 receiving yards at Washington on Sunday, Beckham would become the only player in NFL history with 20 career games of at least 100 receiving yards in his first three seasons.

The most 100-yard receiving games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER (SEASONS, TEAM; 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES IN FIRST 3 SEASONS)
Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-2016, New York Giants; 19)*
Randy Moss (1998-2000, Minnesota; 19)
T.Y. Hilton (2012-2014, Indianapolis; 16)
John Jefferson (1978-1980, San Diego; 16)
Bill Groman (1960-1962, Houston; 16)
Harlon Hill (1954-1956, Chicago; 16)
*Through 15 games in third season

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 70 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 16, tied for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.

Four teams – Houston, Miami, Pittsburgh and San Francisco – were victorious in Week 16 after trailing in the fourth quarter. The Texans and Steelers both overcame fourth quarter deficits for the second consecutive week. Houston and Pittsburgh pulled their comebacks at home, allowing them to win their division titles, while Miami’s comeback was on the road, which gave them a playoff spot.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER IN SINGLE SEASON
2016 – 70
1989 – 70
2013 – 69
2015 – 67
2008 – 67
2001 – 67

WORST TO FIRST: The last shall be first. The Dallas Cowboys (13-2), who defeated Detroit 42-21 on Monday Night Football, clinched the NFC East division and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON: TEAM (RECORD, PRIOR SEASON RECORD)
2003: Carolina (11-5, 7-9)
2003: Kansas City (13-3, 8-8)*
2004: Atlanta (11-5, 5-11)
2004: San Diego (12-4, 4-12)*
2005: Chicago (11-5, 5-11)
2005: New York Giants (11-5, 6-10)*
2005: Tampa Bay (11-5, 5-11)
2006: Baltimore (13-3, 6-10)*
2006: New Orleans (10-6, 3-13)
2006: Philadelphia (10-6, 6-10)
2007: Tampa Bay (9-7, 4-12)
2008: Miami (11-5, 1-15)
2009: New Orleans (13-3, 8-8)**
2010: Kansas City (10-6, 4-12)
2011: Denver (8-8, 4-12)
2011: Houston (10-6, 6-10)*
2012: Washington (10-6, 5-11)
2013: Carolina (12-4, 7-9)*
2013: Philadelphia (10-6, 4-12)
2015: Washington (9-7, 4-12)
2016: Dallas (13-2, 4-12)
* Tied for last place
** Won Super Bowl

HISTORIC WINNERS: The Green Bay Packers defeated Minnesota 38-25 on Saturday at Lambeau Field. The win marked the Packers’ 217th victory at Lambeau Field, the most home wins by any franchise at one stadium in NFL history. Green Bay surpassed Chicago, which had 216 victories at Wrigley Field.

The most home wins by a franchise at one stadium:

TEAM – VENUE, WINS
Green Bay Packers – Lambeau Field, 217
Chicago Bears – Wrigley Field, 216

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Baltimore 31-27 on Sunday, clinching the AFC North division title. The victory marked the 600th regular-season victory in franchise history, joining Chicago (744), Green Bay (729) and the New York Giants (683) as the only teams in NFL history to reach 600 regular-season wins.

The teams with the most regular-season victories in NFL history:

TEAM (WINS-LOSSES-TIES)
Chicago Bears (744-567-42)
Green Bay Packers (729-553-37)
New York Giants (683-572-33)
Pittsburgh Steelers (600-535-20)

New England defeated the New York Jets 41-3 on Saturday, marking Bill Belichick’s 200th regular-season win as head coach of the Patriots.

Belichick joins Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay) as the only head coaches to win 200 regular-season games with one team.

The head coaches with 200 regular-season wins with one franchise:

HEAD COACH – TEAM (WINS)
George Halas – Chicago (318)^
Don Shula – Miami (257)^
Tom Landry – Dallas (250)^
Curly Lambeau – Green Bay (209)^
Bill Belichick – New England (200)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FRANCHISE CONNECTIONS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, in the Packers’ 38-25 win over Minnesota at Lambeau.

Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 59 touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and ANTONIO FREEMAN (57) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning four-yard score to wide receiver Antonio Brown with nine seconds remaining in the Steelers’ 31-27 win over Baltimore.

Roethlisberger and Brown have combined for 50 touchdown passes, putting them in some pretty good company, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann (49) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to receiver in team history.

Roethlisberger has 301 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (300) for the ninth-most touchdown passes in NFL history. Roethlisberger is the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 career touchdowns.

The quarterbacks with 300 career touchdown passes:

PLAYER- TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning – 539
Brett Favre – 508^
Drew Brees – 463*
Tom Brady – 453*
Dan Marino – 420^
Fran Tarkenton – 342^
Eli Manning – 320*
Philip Rivers – 312*
Ben Roethlisberger – 301*
John Elway – 300^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

POSH PASSERS: Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had two touchdown catches and his first career touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ 42-21 victory against Detroit.

Bryant, who has 67 career receiving touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in franchise history, is the fifth player in NFL history with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game.

The players with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES, TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Dez Bryant, Dallas (12/26/2016 – 2, 1)
David Patten, New England (10/21/2001 – 2, 1)
Keith Lincoln, San Diego (11/7/1965 – 2, 1)
Don Hutson, Green Bay (10/31/1943 – 2, 1)
Johnny McNally, Pittsburgh (10/17/1937 – 2, 1)

Kansas City defensive tackle Dontari Poe threw a two-yard touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ 33-10 win against Denver.

Poe, who has 1.5 sacks this season, is the first player with a touchdown pass and a sack in the same season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles passed for 325 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 38-17 win against Tennessee. Bortles, who threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marqise Lee, also had a 20-yard touchdown reception from Lee in the victory.

Bortles and Lee became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 20 yards to each other in the same game.

Playoff Scenarios (take notes… this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show!)

AFC

CLINCHED:
New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye;
Pittsburgh – AFC North division title
Houston – AFC South division title
Oakland – playoff berth
Kansas City – playoff berth
Miami – playoff berth

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), Sunday, 1 p.m.

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.New England win or tie OR
2.Oakland loss or tie

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Oakland win or tie OR
2.Kansas City loss or tie

Oakland clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.OAK win + NE loss

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Kansas City win + Oakland loss

NFC

CLINCHED:
Dallas – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs
Atlanta – NFC South division title
Seattle – NFC West division title
New York Giants – playoff berth

Atlanta (10-5) vs. New Orleans (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Atlanta win OR
2.Atlanta tie + Seattle loss or tie OR
3.Seattle loss + Detroit loss or tie OR
4.Seattle tie + Detroit loss

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Seattle win + Atlanta loss or tie OR
2.Seattle tie + Atlanta loss + Green Bay/Detroit

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Detroit win

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Detroit win + Seattle loss or tie + Atlanta loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Detroit tie OR
2.Washington loss or tie

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Green Bay win or tie

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington loss OR
2.Washington tie + Tampa Bay win + Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

(Note: Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay if one of the following teams win or tie: Seattle, Houston, Jacksonville, Philadelphia. Green Bay has already clinched strength of schedule tiebreaker over Tampa Bay in this scenario.)

Washington (8-6-1) vs. New York Giants (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Washington clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington win + Green Bay-Detroit game does not end in a tie OR
2.Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay loss or tie

Tampa Bay (8-7) vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Tampa Bay win + Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay

(Note: Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay if all of the following teams win: Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Francisco)

So with that being said, there’s football to be played. Here are the games of week 17.

New Orleans (7-8) at ATLANTA (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. It’s a week three rematch in the Big Peach as the Atlanta Falcons play their final regular season game in the Georgia Dome before moving next door to Mercedes Benz Stadium as they host the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees in a late afternoon contest in the Big Peach.

With their playoff hopes damaged by Atlanta’s win over Carolina Saturday, the Saints put a dent in Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes, taking 31-24 in the Big Easy over the Buccaneers. New Orleans led 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon before Tampa Bay pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

Atlanta took control of the NFC South with a 33-16 win over Carolina last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The Falcons were never threatened by Cam Newton and the Panthers, leading from start to finish and took a 20-3 lead to the intermission with them. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

The two NFC South foes met in the Big Easy in week three on a Monday night in the Superdome and the Falcons manhandled New Orleans 45-32. Atlanta broke a 7-7 first quarter tie and led 28-17 at the intermission and never looked back. The Falcons outrushed New Orleans 217-115 (Freeman led all rushers with 152 yards) and Coleman ran for three TDs in the Big Easy. Brees threw for 376 yards and three TDs, while Ryan tallied 240 yards with a pair of TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest).

New Orleans was a 3-point favorite in the Monday night meeting, which marked the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the Superdome after Katrina almost took the city off the map. The over/under was 54 in that contest, which Atlanta won by 13 and both teams covered the over/under with 67 points. Atlanta’s favored by 7 in the final regular season game for the Georgia Dome and the over/under’s 55 1/2. Atlanta is already in the post-season, winning the NFC South last Saturday at Carolina. They would like to have the number two seed in the post-season party, while the Saints would like to ruin the party for the Falcons. Atlanta’s swept the Saints before, doing the deed in 2014. History has a way of repeating itself and it’s favoring the Falcons. New Orleans is not going quietly into the good night and will give Atlanta problems but the Falcons take this one at home in the Big Peach and could cover the 7.

Baltimore (8-7) at Cincinnati (5-9-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. With really nothing to play for, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals meet along the shores of the Ohio River in a week 12 rematch. Both teams enter the season finale with losses under their belts.

Baltimore let a 27-24 lead at Pittsburgh get away from them as the Steelers took a 31-27 win to take the AFC North title and eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

The Bengals saw their chance to damage Houston’s playoff hopes go away faster than a Christmas snowflake, as they fell to the Texans 12-10 Christmas Eve.  Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, then took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, both defenses acted Scrooge-like, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

They met in week 12 in Charm City and the Ravens came away 16-12 winners. Baltimore led 16-3 at the half but Cincinnati managed to outscore the Ravens 11-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulling to within four when P Scott Koch ran out of the endzone to burn time off the clock in the fourth. Baltimore outrushed the Bengals 92-62 and Joe Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Dalton had 283 (both men threw a TD pass; Dalton was sacked three times, Flacco sacked twice).

Baltimore and Cincinnati met in Charm City in week 12 and the Ravens were 19-14 winners. Leading 16-3 at the half, Baltimore managed to hold off the Bengals in the final 30 minutes of play, as Cincinnati outscored the Ravens 11-3. Neither club came close to the 100-yard rushing barrier but Baltimore did manage to outrush their guests 92-64. Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 283 (each threw a TD pass in the contest, with Flacco throwing the contest’s only interception).

In the week 12 contest, the Ravens were 4 1/2 point favorites in Charm City and the over/under was 40 1/2. While the Ravens did win by 5, allowing them to cover the spread, the over/under stayed safe as both teams only scored 33 points. This time, the Bengals are a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams know that when this contest ends, their season ends. The Ravens had chances to put Pittsburgh away and didn’t, while the Bengals struggled and stumbled out of the gate. At least the Bengals will get some revenge this week. Cincy covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Jacksonville (3-12) at Indianapolis (7-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The Colts close out the 2016 campaign in the Hoosier State as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville took Tennessee to task at home at EverBank Stadium, taking a 38-17 win over the Titans last Saturday in the Sunshine State. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and eventually knocked Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD) out of the contest after he broke his tibia. Jacksonville outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

The Colts fell to Oakland Saturday afternoon in northern California Saturday, dropping a 33-25 decision to the Raiders. Indy trailed 19-7 at the break but rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

They met in London at Wembley Stadium in week four and Luck and the Colts fell 30-27 on the other side of the Atlantic. Jacksonville led 17-6 at the half before the Colts rallied to outscore the Jaguars 21-13 in the second half. Jacksonville outrushed the Colts 136-94 and Blake Bortles threw for 207 yards and three sacks, while Luck threw for 234 yards and six sacks (each man threw a pair of TDs).

In the week four affair across the Big Pond, the Colts were favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 49 1/2. Both teams took care of the over/under, scoring 57 points, while Jacksonville covered the spread with their 3-point win. Indy’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 47. Both numbers make sense, considering that both clubs are not going to the playoffs this year. Jacksonville’s trying to pull the sweep in the series, which they haven’t done since 2011. The Colts are trying to finish .500 for the second straight season. Colts cover the 4 and take the win back home again in Indiana.

Chicago (3-12) at Minnesota (7-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as the Vikings close out 2016 when they host Da Bears at US Bank Stadium. Both NFC North teams took losses last Saturday.

Chicago found themselves being manhandled by Washington 41-21 at Soldier Field. The Redskins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

The Vikings saw their playoff hopes come to a crashing end in Green Bay as Minnesota fell to the Packers 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Minnesota and Chicago met in the Windy City in week eight and Da Bears were 20-10 winners at Solider Field. Chicago led 13-3 at the intermission and the two teams played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Howard ran for 153 yards in the contest with a TD as Da Bears outrushed Minnesota 158-57. Jay Cutler, who was under center at the time before later injuring the thumb on his throwing hand, threw for 252 yards and a TD, while Bradford was sacked five times while throwing for 228 yards.

In the week eight Monday night affair in the Windy City, Minnesota was favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under was 41. Chicago covered the spread with their 10-point primetime win but neither club reached the 41 over/under, scoring 30 points. Minnesota’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 41. If you choose to take a pass on this one, we’ll understand. Vikings cover the 5 and win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Buffalo (7-8) at New York Jets (4-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of New York state teams meet in New Jersey as the Bills and Jets meet at MetLife Stadium.

Buffalo saw Miami take a playoff spot last Saturday in Orchard Park, falling to the Dolphins 34-31 in overtime. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

GangGreen was manhandled by Tom Brady and the Pats in Foxboro last Saturday afternoon, losing to the Pats 41-3. New England led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

The Bills and Jets squared off in Orchard Park in week two and GangGreen came away 37-31 winners on a Thursday night. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! led 20-7 at the intermission in Orchard Park and held off the Bills in the second half (Buffalo outscored New York 21-17 in the final 30 minutes of play). The Bills pulled to within seven with 1:17 left in the contest when RB Mike Gillislee caught an 18-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to make it 37-31. Buffalo then tried an onside kick, which GangGreen recovered. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ran out the clock and took the road win in upstate New York. New York outrushed Buffalo 123-86 and the Jets’ Matt Forte led all rushers with 100 yards and three TDs. Taylor threw for 297 and three TDS, while Fitzpatrick threw for 374 yards and a TD.

In the week two contest in upstate New York, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 1 and they covered the spread with the 6-point win. The over/under of 40? Buffalo and GangGreen covered that as well, combining for 68 points. Buffalo’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44. These two are not bad teams, they just play that way at times, to paraphrase Jessica Rabbit. Buffalo gets revenge on the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in upstate New Jersey and finishes .500 with the win.

Dallas (13-2) at Philadelphia (6-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz, Round II. The NFL’s young guns meet in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Cowboys, who have locked up the top seed in the NFC, travel to Philly for a meeting with the Eagles.

Dallas rallied to beat Detroit 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. The Lions led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

The Eagles stopped Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 21-13 at the half in the City of Brotherly Love and held Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

They met in the Lone Star State in week eight and the Cowboys needed overtime to come away 29-23 winners. Dallas trailed 13- 10 at the half in Arlington in the Sunday night contest before they rallied to tie the contest up when Bryant and Prescott connected on a 22 yard TD pass with 3:04 left. Prescott would strike again, sending Cowboy fans home happy when he and Witten connected on a 5 yard strike with 7:48 left in the extra period. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 187-97 and Prescott threw for 278 yards and the two TDs, while Wentz threw for 202 yards and a TD, while being sacked three times.

In the week eight contest, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. Dallas won by 6, allowing the spread to be covered and the 52 total points covered the over/under. Dallas is favored by 6 in the season finale and the over/under 42 1/2. This could be a blowout, this could be a shootout. The Eagles are playing with house money and would like to knock the Cowboys off kilter in the run to the post-season. It could be closer than 6 but Dallas take the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cleveland (1-14) at Pittsburgh (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A Cleveland Browns team, fresh off their first win of the 2016 campaign, travels to the Steel City for a meeting with Ben Roethilsberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

After 14 tries to get into the win column, Browns fans could finally hold their heads up high as they held off the San Diego Chargers 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. Cleveland, who broke a 17-game losing streak (they lost the last three games of the 2016 season) led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. There was one small problem… Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concussion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

The Steelers rallied from a three-point deficit against Baltimore and took a 31-27 win over the Ravens to take the AFC North title and eliminate Baltimore from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

Pittsburgh, with its playoff hopes on the line at Heinz Field, found a way to fight back and they did, with Ben Roethlisberger using eight pass plays and spiking the ball twice to give the Steelers the lead back for keeps with 9 seconds left when Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on a four-yard TD pass. Baltimore would eventually get the ball back with 9 seconds left but the Steelers put the halt on Baltimore’s bid for the win and the AFC North title. LeVeon Bell ran for 122 yards and a TD, while the Steelers ran for 127 (Baltimore ran for 122) and Roethlisberger threw for 279 yards with three TDs (including the game winner) while Joe Flacco threw for 262.

The Steelers were 24-9 winners in the first meeting in week 11 along the shores of Lake Erie. Pittsburgh led 14-0 at the intermission and never had any problems with the Browns in the contest, holding the Browns to 33 yards rushing, while Bell ran for 146 of Pittsburgh’s yards and a TD. Roethlisberger threw for 167 yards, while Kessler (128) and Josh McCown (118) combined for 246 yards in the lopsided contest.

The Steelers were favored by 9 (they won by 15) and the over/under was 49 (that number stayed safe as both clubs mustered only 33 points. Pittsburgh’s favored again, this time by 7 and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Steelers have already punched their playoff tickets, while the Browns are trying to make it two in a row. Sorry, Cleveland fans, your dreams are about to come crashing down. Steelers cover the 7 and win at Heinz.

Carolina (6-9) at Tampa Bay (8-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of former Heisman winners meet in the Sunshine State as Carolina and Cam Newton lead a struggling Carolina Panthers team into Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium for a New Year’s Day meeting with Jameis Winston on Florida’s west coast.

Carolina saw their playoff hopes melt away as they fell to Atlanta 33-16 last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The defending NFC champs struggled from the start, trailing 20-3 at the half and could never get on track. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

Tampa Bay, still clinging on to a playoff bid, saw their hopes of winning the South come to an end as they fell to New Orleans 31-24 in the Big Easy. The Bucs trailed 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon and pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Drew Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

They met in week five in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium on a Monday night and the Panthers, who did not have Newton’s services (concussion) and Tampa Bay broke a 14-14 tie late in the contest as Aguayo connected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired to take a 17-14 win over the Panthers. Aguayo kicked a pair of field goals in the first half for a 6-0 lead going into the half before Carolina, thanks to a pair of Cameron Artis-Payne, scoring on a pair of TDs in the third quarter, gave the home team the lead. That lead would not last very long as Winston and WR Mike Evans connected on a 26-yard TD pass with 4:27 left in the third. After a Carolina punt, the Bucs got the ball back with 1:49 left to play in regulation. Tampa Bay then proceeded to use all of the 1:49 that was given to them and made the most of it, as Aguayo kicked the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Winston threw for 219 yards and the one TD, while Dave Anderson, stepping in for Newton, threw for 278 yards but was picked off twice. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 136-113, while the Bucs’ Josh Rodgers led all rushers with 101.

In the week five contest in the Tar Heel State, Carolina was favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 44 1/2. Both numbers were never threatened as Tampa Bay won by 3 and the two clubs combined to score 31 points. Tampa Bay’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Carolina’s already out of the playoff picture. Tampa Bay’s trying to get in but they would need a lot of help. Panthers at least get revenge for the loss in the Tar Heel State and take the win in Tampa and covers the 3.

Houston (9-6) at Tennessee (8-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710. Houston and Tennessee close out their 2016 season in the Music City.

Houston won the AFC South last Saturday evening at NRG Stadium as they held off the Cincinnati Bengals 12-10. Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, it was more naughty than nice, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

Tennessee suffered a pair of losses last Saturday against Jacksonville in north Florida. First, Tennessee was taken to task at EverBank Stadium, falling 38-17 to the Jaguars. Then, they lost the services of QB Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD), who broke his tibia and will be out for 4-6 months. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and took complete control afterward, as they outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

They met in week four in the Lone Star State and the Texans were 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. The Texans led 20-17 at the half and then proceeded to shut down the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee did outrush Houston 124-115, while Osweiler threw for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mariota threw for 202 yards with a sack and an interception.

Houston covered the 6 1/2 spread with their seven point win in the Lone Star State and both teams covered the 40 over/under with 47 points. This time, the Titans are a 3 point favorite in the Music City and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make sense. Sorry, Tennessee, as the commerical once said. Houston sweeps the series and takes this one on the road, covering the 3 as they make their way to the post-season.

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel to the Sunshine State to face off against a much improved Miami Dolphins team in a week two rematch at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Pats manhandled a helpless New York Jets club in Foxboro last Saturday, shooting down the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! Pats 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. The Brady-led Pats led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

Miami took their spot in the AFC playoffs, needing a pair of Andrew Franks field goals to take a take a 34-31 overtime win over Buffalo in upstate New York last Saturday. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

New England and Miami met in Foxboro in week two and the Pats came away 31-24 winners at Gillette Stadium. LeGarrett Blount ran for 123 yards and a TD (New England outrushed the ‘Fins 161-70), while Jimmy Garafalo threw for 234 yards and three TDs (two to Danny Amendola) while taking over for a suspended Brady. Ryan Tannehill threw for 389 yards and a pair of TDs (Tannehill also had a pair of interceptions).

In the week two affair in southern Massachusetts, the Pats won by 7, allowing them to cover the 6 1/2 point spread and the 55 combined points allowed both teams to cover the 41 1/2 over/under. New England’s favored by 9 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both teams know they’re going to play more football when this one is over. New England has been known to self-destruct in the latter part of the schedule after clinching the division. That’s not going to be the case. Miami will make it closer than 9 1/2 but New England prevails and takes the win on the road.

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. With nothing on the line, aside from possible seeding for their guests, Denver hosts the Oakland Raiders in a late-afternoon AFC West rematch in the Mile High City.

Oakland took a 33-25 decision over the Colts last Sunday in northern California. The Silver and Black led 19-7 at the break before the Colts rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

Denver found themselves eliminated from the post-season after their 33-10 loss at Kansas City Sunday night. Kansas City took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). Kansas City then added insult to injury when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smith threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

Denver lost to Oakland 30-20 in northern California in week nine. The Raiders led the first meeting 20-10 at the half and the two clubs played even football the rest of the way. The Broncos were outrushed 218-33, with Oakland’s Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 114 yards and three TDs. Carr threw for 184 for the Silver and Black, while Siemian threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of interceptions and a pair of sacks.

The Raiders were 1 point underdogs in the week nine contest (Oakland won by 10) and the two teams combined for 50 points, allowing them to cover the 43 1/2 over/under. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 42. It hasn’t been a good season for Denver and they would love to make the Raiders a wild card team. Broncos get their revenge from the week nine loss and covers the 2 1/2.

Arizona (6-8-1) at Los Angeles (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 718. The Desert Angry Birds trek their way to the West Coast for a meeting with the Los Angeles Rams in Tinseltown.

The Desert Angry Birds came away 34-31 winners at Seattle in the final seconds when Chris Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

Los Angeles let a 14-7 halftime at the Coliseum get away from them as they would eventually fall to San Francisco 22-21. The 49ers took the lead for keeps when QB Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck pay-dirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 left to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They squared off in the desert in week four and the Rams were 17-13 winners at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona and Los Angeles entered the halftime tied at 10-10 before the Cardinals took the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Catanzaro as the third quarter came to an end. Los Angeles’ Brian Quick eventually gave the Rams the lead for keeps when he and Case Keenum connected on a 4-yard TD pass with 2:36 left to win the contest. Arizona outrushed the Rams 118-41 and Carson Palmer threw for 288 yards with a TD and three sacks, while Keenum threw for 266.

The Desert Angry Birds were favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under was 43. Los Angeles won by 4, meaning they missed the spread and as for the 43 over/under? It went untouched, as both teams joined to score 30 points. Arizona’s favored by 6 in Tinsletown and the over/under’s 41. Feel free to take a pass on this one and watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel. Trust us, you’ll be better for it. Arizona wins this one and covers the 6.

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. After knocking the defending champs out of the post-season, Kansas City travels westerward to southern California for a AFC West showdown that could decide the winner of the divison.

The Chiefs eliminated Denver from the post-season after their 33-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champs last Sunday night at Arrowhead. Kansas City led from start to finish and took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). The Chiefs sealed Denver’s fate in the contest when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks for a living, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smtih threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

San Diego fans saw their frustrations come full circle last Saturday in Cleveland as the Chargers gave Cleveland their first win of the season, falling 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. The Browns broke a 17-game losing streak, led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concusssion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

They met in the Show-Me State to open the season and the Chiefs came away 33-27 overtime winners over the Bolts. San Diego led the Chiefs 21-3 at the half at Arrowhead before Kansas City roared back to life in the final 30 minutes of play to tie the contest up and took the win with 9:53 left in overtime when Smith (2 TDs) dashed in from 2 yards out. While the Chargers outrushed Kansas City 155-83, Smith outpaced Rivers 363-243 (Rivers threw a TD in the overtime contest).

The Chiefs were favored by 7 and the over/under was 44 1/2. The bad news for the Chiefs was they barely missed the spread by 1. The good news? Both teams covered the over/under with the 60 combined points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 4 1/2 point favorites at Qualcomm and the over/under’s 45. San Diego fans will be put out of their misery Sunday. Chiefs complete the series sweep in Cali and covers the 4 1/2.

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719. Seattle makes their way down I-5, traveling 839 miles south for a Sunday afternoon contest with NFC West foe San Francisco in Santa Clara.

Seattle lost to Arizona 34-31 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Startbucks last Saturday afternoon in the final seconds when Cardinals’ K Chris Catanzaro booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

San Francisco rallied from a 14-7 deficit at halftime in Los Angeles to beat the Rams 22-21 at the Coliseum. The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck paydirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 lef to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They met in the Pacific Northwest in week three and Seattle took a 37-18 win over the 49ers. Seattle led 24-3 at the half before the 49ers roared back and outscored Seattle in the last 30 minutes of play 15-13. Seahawks RB Christine Michael (106 yards) scored the first two TDs of the contest and Seattle went from there (San Francisco outrushed Seattle 135-127). San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde was no slouch himself, rushing for 103 yards and scored the last two TDs of the contest. Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD for Seattle, while Blaine Gabbard threw for 119 yards with an interception.

Seattle’s 19-point win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks allowed them to cover the 9 1/2 point spread and both teams covered the 40 1/2 over/under with 55 points. Seattle’s favored again, this time by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. The 49ers are a bad team but they’re not 9 1/2 bad. The Seahawks prevail but expect this one to be a lot closer than the first meeting.

New York Giants (10-5) at Washington (8-6-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. A pair of NFC East teams, one knowing they’re in the post-season, the other hoping to be part of the post-season meet in Maryland as Washington hosts the New York Giants at at FedEx Field in a late Sunday afternoon contest.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 fell to Philadelphia last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led from start to finish and took a 21-13 lead with them to the half in the City of Brotherly Love, holding Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

Washington took care of Chicago 41-21 at Soldier Field last Saturday. The ‘Skins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

New York looks to avenge a 29-27 week three loss to the Redskins in the Meadowlands. Big Blue let a 27-26 lead with 7:53 left to play in regulation get away from them as Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicked his fifth field goal of the contest to give them the lead. Washington then held off a late Giants rally as rookie CB Su’a Cravens picked off Manning, giving the Redskins the ball back and allowing them to run out the clock and take the road win. New York outrushed Washington 120-90 at MetLife Stadium and Manning threw for 350 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Cousins threw for 296 yards and a pair of TDs.

In the week three contest in upstate New Jersey, the Giants were favored by 4 1/2 and Washington won by 2, meaning they missed the spread. The good news was that both teams covered the 46 1/2 over/under, scoring a combined 56 points. Washington’s favored by 8 in the rematch in Maryland and the over/under’s a whopping 44. The Giants already know they’re in the post-season party. Washington wants to join the party and they need to win and get some help. “Hail to the Redskins?” It could happen. Washington may not cover the 8 but they complete the sweep in Maryland.

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Game number 256. For all the marbles. The winner? NFC North champs. The loser? They could be a wild card team or out of the playoff picture altogether. Green Bay travels to the Motor City for an NFC North prime time contest at Ford Field.

Green Bay took Minnesota to task last Saturday as they eliminated the Vikings from playoff contention 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Detroit fell to Dallas 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. Detroit led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Dak Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

Green Bay and Detroit met in week three at Lambeau and the Packers came away 34-27 winners in upstate Wisconsin. Despite being outscored by the Lions 17-3 in the last 30 minutes of play, Green Bay led 31-10 at halftime. Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 103 yards, while the Packers outrushed Detroit 123-50 in the contest. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four TDs (two to Nelson), while Stafford threw for 385 yards with three TDs.

Green Bay was a 7 1/2 point favorite at Lambeau and the over/under was 48. Although the Pack barely missed the spread, they did manage to cover the over/under by combining for 61 points. Green Bay’s favored again, this time by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. This one’s for all the marbles. The winner’s in. The losers is either going to be in and play next week or their next game’s in 2017. It’ll be closer than the 3 but Green Bay takes the win in the Motor City.

It’s Christmas Day for football fans as action shifts to Saturday when 12 games are on the docket for Christmas Eve afternoon and evening. Then after you’ve unwrapped those gifts and fixed that broken toy or gotten batteries, two more games will grace the football docket and the final Monday night game of the season takes place in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium) as Dallas hosts the Detroit Lions.

Four teams have already punched their playoff tickets (Dallas, Seattle, New England and Oakland) and several more spots could be filled by the weekend. For those teams, it’s their Christmas celebration; for those that are out of the playoff race, it’s like a lump of coal and switches in their stockings.

Time is running out. With two weeks to go in the NFL regular season, it’s time for teams to make their final playoff push.

Through the first 15 weeks, four postseason berths have been clinched. New England (AFC East, first-round bye) and Seattle (NFC West) have each won its division. Dallas and Oakland have both secured a playoff spot. And with two weeks left in the regular season, there are still 22 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

There are eight playoff spots up for grabs, including six division titles. Think of it as football’s version of the kid’s party game “musical chairs.” As long as the music plays and everyone’s moving around in a circle, it’s all good. It’s chaos when the music stops.

In the AFC, New England (12-2) can secure home-field advantage. Oakland (11-3) can clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye. Pittsburgh (9-5) can claim the AFC North division title. Houston (8-6) can win the AFC South and Kansas City (10-4) and Miami (9-5) can each lock up a playoff berth.

In the NFC, Dallas (12-2) can clinch the NFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage. Seattle (9-4-1) can earn a first-round bye. Atlanta (9-5) can claim the NFC South or a playoff berth. Detroit (9-5) can lock up the NFC North or a playoff berth. The New York Giants (10-4), Green Bay (8-6) and Tampa Bay (8-6) can each clinch a playoff berth.

Week 16 kicked off Thursday night when Philadelphia beat the New York Giants 24-16. The action continues on Saturday as the majority of Week 16 games (12 games) will be played on Saturday, December 24 due to the Christmas holiday. There will be seven games played in the early afternoon window at 1 p.m. Eastern and four contests in the late afternoon slot at 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. Eastern. The day concludes with a Christmas Eve game in primetime as Houston hosts Cincinnati at 8:25 p.m. on NFLN. The Texans can lock up the AFC South with a win and a Tennessee loss.

There will be two games on Christmas starting with Pittsburgh hosting Baltimore in a key AFC North battle at 4:30 p.m. on NFLN. The Steelers can clinch the division with a victory. However, the Ravens can win the division with two wins in their final two games. The second Christmas game features an important AFC West matchup between Denver and Kansas City in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The Chiefs will earn a playoff berth with a victory or a Baltimore loss.

The action in week 15 concludes on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN with Dallas hosting Detroit. The Cowboys, who have already secured a playoff berth, are closing in on clinching the NFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage. The Lions can lock up the NFC North with a win and a Green Bay loss.

Here are the possible scenarios for week 16. Pay attention, please! This is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!).

AFC Scenarios

New England clinched the AFC East division title and a first-round bye (Week 15).
Oakland clinched a playoff berth (Week 15).

New England – New England can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:
1) New England win + Oakland loss or tie OR
2) New England tie + Oakland loss

Oakland – Oakland can clinch the AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1) Oakland win + Kansas City loss or tie OR
2) Oakland tie + Kansas City loss

Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh can clinch the AFC North division title with:
1) Pittsburgh win

Kansas City – Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Kanass City win or tie OR
2) Baltimore loss or tie

Houston – Houston can clinch the AFC South division title with:
1) Houston win + Tennessee loss

Miami – Miami can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Miami win + Denver loss or tie OR
2) Miami tie + Baltimore loss + Denver loss + Houston loss or tie OR
3) Miami tie + Baltimore loss + Denver loss + Tennessee loss or tie

NFC Scenarios

Seattle clinched the NFC West division title (Week 15).
Dallas clinched a playoff berth (Week 13).

Dallas – Dallas can clinch the NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with:
1) Dallas win or tie OR
2) New York Giants loss or tie

Seattle – Seattle can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) Seattle win + Detroit loss + Atlanta loss or tie

New York Giants – The New York Giants can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) New York Giants win or tie OR
2) Detroit loss or tie OR
3) Green Bay loss or tie OR
4) Tampa Bay loss or tie OR
5) Atlanta loss

Detroit – Detroit can clinch the NFC North division title with:
1) Detroit win + Green Bay loss or tie OR
2) Detroit tie + Green Bay loss

Detroit can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Detroit win + Tampa Bay loss or tie OR
2) Detroit tie + Tampa Bay loss OR
3) Detroit tie + Tampa Bay tie + Atlanta win OR
4) Washington loss or tie + Tampa Bay loss + Atlanta win or tie

Atlanta – Atlanta can clinch the NFC South division title with:
1) Atlanta win + Tamap Bay loss or tie OR
2) Atlanta tie + Tampa Bay loss

Atlanta can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Atlanta win + Atlanta clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Detroit OR
2) Atlanta win or tie + Green Bay loss or tie OR
3) Atlanta win + Detroit loss or tie OR
4) Atlanta tie + Detroit tie OR
5) Washington loss or tie + Green Bay loss OR
6) Washington loss or tie + Green Bay tie + Detroit loss

Green Bay – Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Green Bay win + WAS loss or tie + Tampa Bay loss + ATL win or tie + Green Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Tampa Bay win + Green Bay loss + Detroit loss + Washington loss OR
2) Tampa Bay win + Green Bay loss + Detroit loss + Washington tie + Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Detroit

RISING ROOKIE: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-20 victory over Tampa Bay in Week 15, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) and Mike Anderson (2000) for the most games (five) with at least 130 rushing yards by a rookie in NFL history.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,551 rushing yards. With 49 rushing yards on Monday night against Detroit, he would become the fifth rookie in NFL history with 1,600 rushing yards in a season.

Elliott needs 258 rushing yards over his final two contests to surpass Dickerson (1,808) as the NFL’s all-time rookie rushing leader.

The rookies with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 1,808)^
George Rogers, 1981 (New Orleans – 1,674)
Alfred Morris, 2012 (Washington – 1,613)
Ottis Anderson, 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,605)
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 1,553)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,551)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,902 yards from scrimmage (1,551 rushing, 351 receiving). With 98 scrimmage yards against Detroit on Monday night, he would become the third rookie in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999).

The rookies with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:
PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson – 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 2,212)^
Edgerrin James – 1999 (Indianapolis – 2,139)
Doug Martin – 2012 (Tampa Bay – 1,926)
Billy Sims – 1980 (Detroit – 1,924)
Ottis Anderson – 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,913)
Ezekiel Elliott – 2016 (Dallas – 1,902)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FLYING FALCONS: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns for a 144.5 rating and running back Devonta Freeman had 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 41-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 15.

With at least 40 points at Carolina on Saturday, the Falcons, who have scored 40+ points in a league-leading five games this season, would tie the NFL record for the most games in a single season with at least 40 points.

The teams with the most 40+ point games in a single season in NFL history:

TEAM – SEASON, GAMES SCORING 40+ POINTS
Denver – 2013, 6
Green Bay – 2011, 6
New Orleans – 2011, 6
St. Louis Rams – 2000, 6
Houston Oilers – 1961, 6
Los Angeles Rams – 1950, 6
Atlanta Falcons – 2016, 5*
*Through 14 games

CATCHING ON: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (98) and Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown (96) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in receptions this season.

Fitzgerald and Brown can each record their fourth career season with at least 100 receptions and that would put them in some pretty good company, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice and Reggie Wayne for the fourth-most 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most 100-catch seasons in NFL history:
PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS)
Brandon Marshall – Denver, Chicago and New York Jets (6)
Andre Johnson – Houston (5)
Wes Welker – New England (5)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (4)^
Jerry Rice – San Francisco (4)^
Reggie Wayne – Indianapois (4)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (3)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (3)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With four receptions on Sunday, Brown would record his fourth consecutive season with at least 100 receptions, tying Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER – (TEAM, SEASONS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS)
Marvin Harrison (1999-2002, Indianapolis – 4)^
Antonio Brown (2013-2015, Pittsburgh – 3)*
Brandon Marshall (2007-2009, Denver – 3)
Wes Welker (2007-2009m, New England – 3)
Herman Moore (1995-1997, Detroit – 3)
Jerry Rice (1994-1996, San Francisco – 3)^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAVID DOING IT ALL: Arizona running back David Johnson leads the NFL with 1,938 scrimmage yards (1,138 rushing, 800 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the Cardinals’ first 14 games, becoming the first player in NFL history to begin a season with 14 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards.

With 62 rushing yards on Saturday at Seattle, Johnson would become the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season. Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk accomplished the feat in three consecutive seasons from 1998-2000.

The players with 1,200+ rushing yards and 800+ receiving yards in a single season:

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS; RECEIVING YARDS)
Le’Veon Bell – 2014 (Pittsburgh – 1,361; 854)
Steven Jackson – 2006 (St. Louis – 1,528; 806)
Marshall Faulk – 2000 (St. Louis – 1,359; 830)^
Marshall Faulk – 1999 (St. Louis – 1,381; 1,048)^
Marshall Faulk – 1998 (Indianapolis – 1,319; 908)^
David Johnson – 2016 (Arizona – 1,138; 800)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GORE SOARS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 1,142 scrimmage yards (891 rushing, 251 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 11 consecutive seasons beginning in 2006.

With 58 scrimmage yards on Saturday at Oakland, Gore would become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards in 11 consecutive seasons, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers Curtis Martin (1995-2004), Emmitt Smith (1991-2000) and Barry Sanders (1989-1998), who each accomplished the feat in 10 consecutive seasons.

The most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards:

PLAYER; SEASONS (TEAM; CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,200+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Frank Gore; 2006-2015 (San Francisco and Indianapolis; 10)*
Curtis Martin; 1995-2004 (New England and New York Jets; 10)^
Emmitt Smith; 1991-2000 (Dallas; 10)^
Barry Sanders; 1989-1998 (Detroit; 10)^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

THAT’S TIGHT: Carolina’s Greg Olsen leads all NFL tight ends with 992 receiving yards and ranks first among tight ends with 4,763 receiving yards since 2012.

With eight receiving yards against Atlanta on Saturday, Olsen, who has 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, would become the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

The most consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,000 REC. YARDS)
Greg Olsen, Carolina (2014-2015, 2)*
Rob Gronkowski, New England (2014-2015, 2)
Jason Witten, Dallas (2009-2010, 2)
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (2007-2008, 2)
Shannon Sharpe, Denver (1996-1997, 2)^
Todd Christensen, Los Angeles Raiders (1983-1984, 2)
Kellen Winslow Sr., San Diego (1980-1981, 2)^

*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CLOSE GAMES: Like close football games? This is the season for you!

There have been 130 games decided by eight points or fewer and 120 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 15, both the most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in league annals. In Week 15, eight games were decided by eight points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 130
2002 – 123
2015 – 121
2012 – 119
2013 – 118

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 120
2015 – 113
2002 – 113
2013 – 110
2003 – 109

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 66 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 15, the second-most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Five teams – Dallas Houston, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tennessee – were victorious in Week 15 after trailing in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, the largest fourth-quarter comeback of the week, to defeat Kansas City 19-17. Titans kicker Ryan Succup, who previously spent five seasons with the Chiefs, converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired and became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
1989 – 67
2016 – 66
2012 – 65
2015 – 62
2011 – 62

EXCITING FINISHES: There have been 165 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter through Week 15, the most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Ten games were within one score in the fourth quarter in Week 15.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 165
2002 – 155
2013 – 154
2007 – 154
2004 – 154

Additionally, there have been 153 games within seven points in the fourth
quarter, including nine last week, through Week 15, the most such games in the
first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within seven points in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN SEVEN POINTS IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 153
2013 – 148
2010 – 147
2004 – 147
2007 – 146

DALLAS DARLINGS: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 159 yards & one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay. The performance marked Elliott’s fifth game with at least 130 rushing yards, tying Mike Andeson (2000) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) for the most such games by a rookie in NFL history.

It was also Elliott’s 11th game this season with at least 90 rushing yards, tying Dickerson and George Rogers (1981) for the most games with 90 or more rushing yards by a rookie in NFL history.

Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed 32 of 36 passes (88.9 percent) for 279 yards in the win. Prescott’s 88.9 completion percentage is the second-highest in a single game in NFL history with a minimum of 30 attempts.

The players with the highest single-game completion percentage with a minimum of 30 attempts:

PLAYER (TEAM), DATE – OPPONENT (COMPLETIONS of ATTEMPTS, PERCENTAGE)  (MIN. 30 ATT.)
Rich Gannon (Oakland) 11/11/02 – Denver (34 of 38, 89.5)
Dak Prescott (Dallas) 12/18/16 – Tampa Bay (32 of 36, 88.9)
Drew Brees (New Orleans) 10/23/11 – Indianapolis (31 of 35, 88.6)
Eli Manning (New York Giants) 12/14/15 – Miami (27 of 31, 87.1)
Lynn Dickey (Green Bay) 9/4/83 – Houston Oilers (27 of 31, 87.1)
Ken Anderson (Cincinnati) 1/2/83 – Houston Oilers (27 of 31, 87.1)

WINNING WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 24-3 win against Los Angeles Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest.

The victory marked Wilson’s 34th career home win as a starter, surpassing Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan for the most home wins by a starting quarterback in his first five NFL seasons.

The quarterbacks with the most home wins in their first five NFL seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, HOME WINS AS STARTER IN 1st 5 SEASONS)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-2016, 34)*
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-2012, 33)
Matt Ryan, Atlanta (2008-2012, 33)
*In 5th season

TERRIFIC TUCKER: Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker converted both field-goal attempts, including a 53-yarder, in the Ravens’ 27-26 victory over Philadelphia.

Tucker has made all 10 of his field-goal attempts of at least 50 yards this season, tying Blair Walsh (Minnesota, 2012) for the most 50+ yard field goals made in a single season.

The players with the most field goals of at least 50 yards made in a single season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS
Justin Tucker, Baltimore (2016, 10)*
Blair Walsh, Minnesota (2012, 10)
Jason Hanson, Detroit (2008, 8)
Morten Anderson, Atlanta (1995, 8)
*Through Week 15

MARVELOUS MANNING: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ 17-6 win against Detroit.

Manning, who has 4,017 career completions, became the seventh quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions:

PLAYER – CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre – 6,300^
Peyton Manning – 6,125
Drew Brees – 5,784*
Tom Brady – 5,202*
Dan Marino – 4,967^
John Elway – 4,123^
Eli Manning – 4,017*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOP-10 RISERS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore gained 115 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 14 receiving) in the Colts’ 34-6 win at Minnesota.

Gore, who has 16,332 career yards from scrimmage, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (16,293) for the 10th-most yards from scrimmage in NFL history.

The players with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE
Jerry Rice – 23,540^
Emmitt Smith – 21,579^
Walter Payton – 21,264^
Marshall Faulk – 19,154^
LaDainian Tomlinson – 18,456
Barry Sanders – 18.190^
Marcus Allen – 17,654^
Curtis Martin – 17,430^
Thurman Thomas – 16,532^
Frank Gore – 16,332*
Tony Dorsett – 16,293^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had 40 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 27-26 win over Philadelphia.

Smith now has 14,618 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (14,580) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice – 22,895^
Terrell Owens – 15,934
Randy Moss – 15,292
Isaac Bruce – 15,208
Tony Gonzalez – 15,127
Tim Brown – 14,934^
Steve Smith Sr. – 14,618*
Marvin Harrison – 14,580^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Dallas tight end Jason Witten had 10 receptions in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay Sunday night in Arlington.

Witten, who has 1,086 career receptions, surpassed Terrell Owens (1,078) for the seventh-most career receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEPTIONS
Jerry Rice – 1,549^
Tony Gonzalez – 1,325
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,116*
Marvin Harrison – 1,102^
Cris Carter – 1,101^
Tim Brown – 1,094^
Jason Witten – 1,086*
Terrell Owens – 1,078
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had seven receptions in the Cardinals’ 48-41 loss against New Orleans. Fitzgerald, who was playing in his 200th career game, has 1,116 career receptions and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who also played in his 200th career game in Week 15, had three receptions in the Lions’ 17-6 loss at the New York Giants. Boldin has 1,067 career catches, the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games.

The players with the most receptions in their first 200 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – RECEPTIONS IN 1st 200 CAREER GAMES
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,116
Jerry Rice – 1,115^
Marvin Harrison – 1,102^
Anquan Boldin – 1,067
Andre Johnson – 1,062
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ICYMI: New England defeated Denver 16-3 to clinch the AFC East and earn a first-round bye. It marks the eighth consecutive division title for the Patriots, the longest streak in NFL history, breaking a tie with the 1973-79 Los Angeles Rams (seven). New England is the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.

Just win baby! The Oakland Raiders defeated San Diego 19-16 and secured a playoff berth, their first since 2002.

The Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West on Thursday night with a 24-3 win over Los Angeles in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona and Anquan Boldin of Detroit each played in his 200th career game today. Fitzgerald, who had seven catches against New Orleans, has 1,116 career receptions and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

Boldin, who had three catches against the New York Giants, has 1,067 career receptions, the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games. The only players with more are Fitzgerald (1,116), Rice (1,115) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1,102).

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 37 of 48 passes (77.1 percent) for 389 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.9 passer rating in the Saints’ 48-41 win at Arizona. Brees has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, putting himself in some pretty good company, tying Tom Brady for the most
in NFL history.

Arizona running back David Johnson had 108 scrimmage yards (53 rushing, 55 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns against New Orleans. Johnson is the first player in NFL history to begin a season with 14 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards, surpassing Edgerrin James (13 in 2005). Johnsonalso tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen (1985) for the second-longest streak with at least 100 scrimmage yards at any point in a single season. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15 in 1997) has a longer single-season streak in NFL history.

In his first two seasons, Johnson has 21 rushing touchdowns, eight receivingtouchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown. He and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers are the only players in NFL history with at least 20 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player’s first two seasons.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ 17-6 win over Detroit. Beckham, who has 85 catches for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, is the first player in NFL history to record at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham is one of three players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three seasons, joining John Jefferson (1978-1980) and Randy Moss (1998-2000).

Green Bay running back Ty Montgomery rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 30-27 win at Chicago. Montgomery is the second Packer to rush for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game against the Bears (Ahman Green, September 29, 2003).

The two teams have met 192 times in the regular season, the most-played rivalry in NFL history. With Green Bay’s victory, the all-time series is now tied 93-93-6, marking the first time the series has been tied since 1933 (11-11-4).

Revenge is a dish best served cold: Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in the Titans’ 19-17 victory at Kansas City. Succop, who spent five seasons with the Chiefs from 2009-13, became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell converted all six field-goal attempts in the Steelers’ 24-20 win at Cincinnati. Boswell’s six made field goals tied a franchise record set by Gary Anderson (10/23/88) and Jeff Reed (12/1/02).

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had three catches for 58 yards in the win against the Bengals. Brown has 471 receptions since the start of 2013, the most catches by a player in any four-year span in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison had 469 catches from 1999 to 2002.

As for last week, 10-6. For the season, 153-69. Yes, we’ve been on Santa’s nice list (wish we could say the same about the teams that aren’t in the playoff race… they’re on the naughty list).

As an added Christmas gift, we’re making every game on the docket DRILL WORTHY! (even you, Cleveland!) (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?” (Note…. you might want to do that shopping Saturday, since most stores will be closed because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.)

Having said that, here are the Saturday, Sunday and Monday picks for week 16…

ATLANTA (9-5) at Carolina (6-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. They meet again, this time in Charlotte. A pair of NFC South rivals meet on Christmas Eve afternoon in the Tar Heel State as first place Atlanta meets Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Atlanta surpassed their win total from 2015 after they manhandled Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers 41-13 last Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons led the struggling 49ers 28-13 at the half and proceeded to shut out their guests from the West Coast 13-0 in the second half. DeVonta Freeman ran for 139 yards and three TDs, as Atlanta ran for 248 yards (San Francisco ran for 107) with Matt Ryan (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs (Kaepernick threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked twice).

Carolina kept their hopes of a playoff spot alive after their 26-15 win over Washington Monday night in Landover. The defending NFC champs led 13-9 at the break at FedEx Field, then took control of the Redskins in the second half. Carolina held Washington to 19 yards on the ground, while the Panthers tallied 148 (Jonathan Stewart led all rushers with 132) and Newton threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Ted Ginn, Jr. (Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 315 but was sacked once and picked off once).

They met in week four in the Big Peach and Atlanta manhandled Newton and the Panthers, coming away 48-33 winners in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta led 17-10 at the intermission and never looked back, knocking Newton (165 yards, TD) out of the contest with a concussion, while Ryan burned Carolina for 503 yards and four TDs (Atlanta outrushed Carolina 90-49).

Carolina was favored by 3 1/2 in the week four meeting in the Big Peach and the over/under was 49 1/2. Both clubs covered the over/under with 51 total points and the Falcons covered the spread, winning by 15. Atlanta’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 53. For Atlanta, a win means a playoff spot and a possible division title, dethroning Carolina in the process. For the Panthers, a win means that they stay alive for at least another week. History repeats here. Atlanta covers the 3 1/2 and wins the NFC South in the process.

Miami (9-5) at Buffalo (7-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in chilly upstate New York as one team, assured of a winning season, takes on their rivals, who look to go back to the post-season for the first time since Super Bowl XXVII. Miami and Buffalo meet in Orchard Park in ah week seven rematch along the shores of Lake Erie.

Miami assured themselves of a winning season last Saturday night in the Meadowlands after they came away 34-13 winners over the New York Jets. The ‘Fins led 13-10 at the half, then proceeded to shutout the Jets in the final 30 minutes of play at Met Life Stadium. Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill (knee) threw for 236 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Dion Sims on a pair of strikes, while Bryce Petty (235 yards, TD) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (31 yards) combined to throw three interceptions (Petty 2, Fitzpatrick 1) in the loss. New York did manage to hold Miami to 67 yards rushing, while tallying 116 but turned the ball over four times.

The Bills saved their playoff chances in upstate New York last Sunday, giving Cleveland their 14th straight loss, taking the Browns to task by a final of 33-13. Buffalo led 17-3 at the break and held Cleveland off in the second half for the win. LeSean McCoy ran for 153 yards for the Bills, tallying a pair of TDs in the win at New Era Field (Buffalo outrushed the Browns 280-107). The Bills sacked Robert Griffin III (196 yards) five times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 174, with a TD pass to TE Charles Clay in his column.

They met in week seven in Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium and the Dolphins took the 28-25 win over the Bills in the Sunshine State. Buffalo led 10-6 at the half before Miami charged back in the second half to take the win, with Jay Ajayi leading all rushers with 214 yards and a TD (Miami outrushed Buffalo 256-67), while Tannehill threw for 204 yards and a TD (Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards and a TD but was sacked four times).

Buffalo was favored by 3 and the over/under was 45 in the week seven contest in the Sunshine State. Miami covered the spread with their 3-point victory over the Bills and both clubs covered the over/under with 53 points. Buffalo’s favored again, this time by 3 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 42. The Dolphins know that they control their destiny and can knock off the Bills with a win in upstate New York. The Bills don’t want to be voted off the playoff island yet and are looking for immunity from the football gods. Vice is nice and so are the Dolphins this week. Miami covers the 3 1/2 and wins in upstate New York.

San Diego (5-9) at Cleveland (0-14), 1 p.m. on CBS and DireCT 706. A pair of teams with no playoff hopes meet along the shores of Lake Erie as the San Diego Chargers look to be grinch-like and give the Cleveland Browns their 15th loss of the 2016 campaign.

The Bolts saw their playoff hopes vanish faster than a sugar cookie at a Christmas party last Sunday at Qualcomm as they fell to Oakland 19-16. San Diego took a 16-13 lead over the Silver and Black with 6:14 left in the third quarter when Philip Rivers and rookie TE Hunter Henry connected on a 7-yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie the contest up with 8:38 left in regulation and then kicked a 44-yarder with 2:40 left to play. San Diego then had four shots to move the ball and perhaps tie things up at Qualcomm but Rivers was picked off by S Reggie Nelson, who ran the ball back to San Diego’s 13. The Raiders then ran out the clock and picked up a playoff spot, while the Chargers saw their hopes for post-season football go the way of a snowflake. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and while Rivers threw a pair of TDs, he was sacked twice and threw the interception that doomed San Diego (Derek Carr threw for 213 with a TD).

Cleveland picked up their 14th straight loss, losing to Buffalo 33-13 last Sunday in Orchard Park. Buffalo led 17-3 at the break and held Cleveland off in the second half for the win. LeSean McCoy ran for 153 yards for the Bills, tallying a pair of TDs in the win at New Era Field (Buffalo outrushed the Browns 280-107). The Bills sacked Robert Griffin III (196 yards) five times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 174, with a TD pass to TE Charles Clay in his column.

San Diego leads the series 15-8-1, have outscored the Browns 576-468 and won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 30-27 win last year at Qualcomm (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2012, when the Browns were 7-6 winners in Cleveland.

In the week four contest on the West Coast, Cleveland and San Diego found themselves tied 13-13 at the half and took the lead with 5:54 left in the third when Browns K Travis Coons connected on a 33 yard field goal for a 16-13. That lead would be short-lived as Rivers and TE Ladarius Green hooked up on a 19-yard TD strike with 4:23 left in the third. Cleveland would eventually re-tie the contest when Josh McCown (who took over for Johnny Manziel) and TE Gary Barnage connected on a 1-yard TD pass with 2:09 left. Thinking they had overtime at the very least in their grasp, San Diego attempted a 39-yard field goal by Josh Lambo. Lambo’s kick sailed wide left but Cleveland was flagged for being offside, giving the Chargers five more yards and new life. This time, Lambo connected on a 34-yard attempt as the clock struck :00 to give the Browns the loss. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 100-91 and Rivers threw for 358 yards and three TDs, while McCown threw for 356 yards with a pair of TDs and was sacked four times.

San Diego’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44. You might want to get that last minute Christmas shopping in and avoid this one. Chargers may not cover the 6 but they win in the Buckeye State and send the Browns to 0-15 in the process.

Tennessee (8-6) at Jacksonville (2-12), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They won three games last year and changed coaches in mid-season. They’ve won five more games than they did last year. The improved Tennessee Titans travel to the Sunshine State for a meeting with the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, who made a change of their own this week.

Tennessee took Kansas City to the wire last Sunday at Arrowhead and came away 19-17 winners over the Chiefs on the road. The Titans trailed 17-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 1 with 3:12 left in regulation when rookie RB Derek Henry scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-16. Tennesee then went for two to take the lead but Marcus Mariota’s conversion try failed. After a Kansas City punt, the Titans got the ball back and made it all the way to the Chiefs’ 35 yard line, where they set up what would eventually be the game-winning field goal try by Ryan Succup (who kicked for the Chiefs last year). Succup’s first try was short but Kansas City burned a time out to make him think it over. Succop then connected on his second try, a 53-yarder, that sailed through the goal posts as the clock expired. Kansas City outrushed the Titans 158-148 in the chilly air at Arrowhead (gametime temperature? a balmy 1 degree with a wind chill of -9… hey, you asked!) and Mariota threw for 241 yards, while Alex Smith had 163 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once).

As for Jacksonville… the Jaguars led 20-14 with 7:54 left to play in Houston before the Texans stormed back to come away 21-20 winners over Jacksonville at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville led 13-5 over the Texans, who benched Brock Osweiler (48 yards, two interceptions) in favor of Todd Savage. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 79-67 in the Lone Star State and Savage threw for 260 yards yards in the come from behind win, as RB Lamar Miller scored the game winner with 2:51 left from a yard away.

That was the first bit of bad news for the Jaguars. The team returned to the Sunshine State and fired head coach Gus Bradley (14-48 career record) the next day and put in Doug Marrone, the assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach, as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Marrone is no stranger to being a head coach. He was at the helm of the Buffalo Bills from 2013 to 2014, before he infamously opted out of contract after the team came under new ownership. In his two seasons in upstate New York, he went 15-17 in two seasons as Bills coach but led the Bills to a 9-7 season in 2014, which was the first winning season for the franchise since 2004.

They met in the Music City in week eight on a Thursday night and the Titans came out 36-22 winners over Jacksonville. Tennessee led 27-0 at the half before Jacksonville managed to charge back and make things closer than Titan fans would have liked at Nissan Stadium. DeMarco Murray ran for 123 of Tennessee’s 214 yards with a TD and Mariota threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jacksonville was held to 48 yards on the ground and Bortles threw for 337 yards and three TDs for the Jaguars.

Tennessee was favored by 3 1/2 and won by 14 in the week eight contest in the Music City. As for the 44 1/2 over/under? Both teams took care of that, scoring 58 points. Tennessee’s favored by 5 in the Sunshine State and the over/under this time is 44. Tennessee’s looking to make it to the post-season, while Jacksonville’s trying to spoil the Titans’ party. Jacksonville makes it close but the Titans win in Jacksonville.

New York Jets (4-10) at New England (12-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. This time, it’s in Foxboro. The Pats play host to the New York Jets in a week 13 rematch at Gillette. New England has secured the AFC East while the Jets are looking to spoil the Pats party in Foxboro.

GangGreen saw a 7-0 first quarter lead against Miami get away from them and eventually fell to their AFC East rivals 34-13 at Met Life Stadium last Saturday night. Miami led 13-10 at the half, then proceeded to shutout the Jets in the final 30 minutes of play at Met Life Stadium. Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for three interceptions in the loss at home (Petty had two picks, while Ryan had one) Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill (knee) threw for 236 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Dion Sims on a pair of strikes. Petty threw for 235 yards and a TD, while Fitzpatrick threw for 31. If there was a bright side for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, it was that New York did manage to hold Miami to 67 yards rushing, while tallying 116 but turned the ball over four times.

New England and Tom Brady ended their curse in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and defeated the defending Super Bowl champs on the road and in the chill 16-3 (game time temperature? 18 with a wind chill of 7… can you say COLD!?) The Pats broke a 3-3 tie after the first 15 minutes of action and scored their last 13 points without a challenge from Denver. New England led 10-3 at the intermission and never looked back. Denver was outrushed 136-58 by New England and Brady threw for 188 yards with no TD but did not throw an interception. Denver’s Trevor Seiman threw for 282 but was sacked four times in the loss.

They met in week 12 in upstate New Jersey and Brady and the Pats were 22-17 winners. Tied 10-10 at the half, New England would go on to outscore GangGreen 12-7 to take the win on the road. New York led 17-16 with 7:02 left to play after New England’s Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 41-yard field goal and saw the Pats take the lead for keeps when Brady and WR Malcolm Mitchell connected on their second TD pass of the afternoon, good for 8 yards with 1:56 left to play. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Brady outpaced Fitzpatrick 286-269 (each threw a pair of TDs).

The Pats were 8-point favorites in the Meadowlands but only won by five. The 47 1/2 over/under stayed safe, as both teams combined for only 39 points. New England’s favored by 16 and the over/under’s 44. The Jets are a somewhat bad team but they’re not 16 points bad. New England will win this one at Gillette but expect the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to give them a battle.

Washington (7-6-1) at Chicago (3-11), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Washington limps into the Windy City for an afternoon contest with Chicago, who is trying to keep their heads above water.

The Redskins saw their playoff hopes take a turn for the worst, as they fell to Carolina and Cam Newton 26-15 Monday night in Landover. The defending NFC East champs trailed 13-9 at the break at FedEx Field, then saw Carolina take control of the Redskins in the second half. While Carolina ran for 148 yards (with RB Jonathan Stewart accounting for 132), Washington was held to 19 yards on the ground. Newton threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Ted Ginn, Jr., while Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 315 but was sacked once and picked off once).

Chicago and Green Bay played in somewhat chilly conditions (temperature of 11, wind chill of -4) at Soldier Field last Sunday before Da Bears fell to their NFC North rivals 30-27. Chicago pulled to within 3 with 7:34 left in the contest when rookie RB Jordan Howard scored from nine yards out and tied the contest on a 22 yard field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. Chicago fans then had their hearts broken as Aaron Rodgers (252 yards) and WR Jordy Nelson connected on a 60-yard pass late in the contest. Green Bay then spiked the ball to kill the clock and Chicago burned a timeout with 3 seconds left, which allowed the Packers to set up Mason Crosby for a 32-yard field goal attempt. Crosby’s kick was true and as time ran out, Chicago suffered their 11th loss of the season. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 226-95, with the Packers’ Ty Montgomery rushing for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago’s Mark Barkley threw for 362 yards with a pair of TDs but was picked off three times.

Including games that took place in Boston when the Redskins were known as the Braves and Da Bears played their home games at Wrigley Field, Washington holds a 21-20-1 lead in the series, Chicago has outscored Washington 855-763 and the ‘Skins have won the last six contests in the series, including a 24-21 win last year in the Windy City (Chicago’s last win over Washington came in 2003 at Solider Field by a final of 27-24).

They met in the Windy City in week 14 and Washington led 14-7 at the intermission before Chicago tied things up with 1:24 left in the third quarter when RB Matt Forte scored on a 7-yard run. The tie would eventually be broken by Washington, who took the lead for keeps with a 47-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with 14:07 left to play in regulation. Chicago had a chance to send the contest into overtime with 1:45 left but Robbie Gould’s 50-yard field goal try sailed wide right, turning the ball over to Washington, who ran out the clock and took the win. Washington outrushed Chicago 99-87 and Cousins threw for 300 yards and a TD, while Jay Cutler threw for 315 yards and a pair of TDs (each man was sacked twice, while Cousins threw the game’s only interception).

Washington’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 47. Will it be “Hail to the Redskins!” or “Hell, it’s the Redskins!?” We like hail. Washington may not make the postseason but they cover the 3 1/2 in the Windy City and take the win from Da Bears.

Minnesota (7-7) at Green Bay (8-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in a week two rematch in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as the Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.

Minnesota struggled in their 34-6 loss to Andrew Luck and Indianapolis last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings trailed 27-0 at the half and could never really get on track, getting only a pair of Keith Forbath field goals for their only points. The Colts outrushed Minnesota 161-34 in the return of RB Adrian Peterson, who tallied only 22 yards on six carries, while Indy’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards. Luck threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs, while Sam Bradford threw for 291 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once.

Green Bay won a thriller in the Windy City as the Packers and Da Bears played in somewhat chilly conditions (temperature of 11, wind chill of -4) at Soldier Field last Sunday before Da Bears fell to their NFC North rivals 30-27. Chicago pulled to within 3 with 7:34 left in the contest when rookie RB Jordan Howard scored from nine yards out and tied the contest on a 22 yard field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. Bears fans then had their hearts broken as Aaron Rodgers (252 yards) and WR Jordy Nelson told their fans to R-E-L-A-X as the two connected on a 60-yard pass late in the contest. After the Packers spiked the ball to kill the clock, Chicago burned a timeout with 3 seconds left, which allowed the Packers to set up Mason Crosby for a 32-yard field goal attempt. Crosby’s kick was true and as time ran out, Chicago suffered their 11th loss of the season. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 226-95, with the Packers’ Ty Montgomery rushing for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago’s Mark Barkley threw for 362 yards with a pair of TDs but was picked off three times.

The Packers are looking to avenge a 17-14 loss to the Vikings in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in week two. Minnesota led 10-7 at the break in the Sunday night contest at US Bank Stadium, then led 17-7 after three periods before the Packers pulled to within three when Rodgers scored on a 10-yard run with 12:41 left in regulation. Green Bay did outrush Minnesota 83-30 (Peterson was held to 19 yards) and Rodgers threw for 213 yards and a TD to Jordy Nelson (Rodgers was sacked five times), while Bradford tallied 286 yards in the air with a pair of TDs and four sacks.

In the week two Sunday night contest, Green Bay was favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. While both teams did not reach the over/under, scoring only 31 points, Minnesota did cover the spread with their 3-point victory in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This time, the Packers are 6 1/2 points to the good at Lambeau and the over/under is 48. The Packers know that if they run the table and win out, the NFC North is theirs. Minnesota wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Packers get revenge and Lambeau and win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Tampa Bay (8-6) at New Orleans (6-8), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Jameis Winston vs. Drew Brees. Round two of the Tampa Bay-New Orleans rivalry gets underway in the Big Easy at both teams are looking for a chance to knock Atlanta off the NFC South mountain.

Tampa Bay fell to Dallas 26-20 in Arlington last Sunday night. The Bucs led 20-17 with 4:12 left in the third when Winston (247 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) and TE Connor Brate connected on a 10-yard TD pass. Dallas, who led 17-6 at the half, roared back to take the lead for keeps with three Dan Bailey field goals in the fourth quarter. Dallas held Tampa Bay to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott ran for 159 yards (Dallas ran for 185) and a TD that will be talked about for years when he leaped into the Salvation Army kettle behind the endzone (Elliott would not be fined by the league or the team and gave the charity a sizeable donation). Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards as Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the process.

New Orleans held on for dear life in the desert last Sunday against Arizona and came away 48-41 winners in Glendale. The contest, which eliminated Arizona from the post-season, had six lead changes and two ties at University of Phoenix Stadium and had New Orleans leading at the half 24-20. New Orleans outrushed Arizona 130-116 and Brees threw for 389 yards and four TDs, while Carson Palmer threw for 318 yards and a pair of TDs.

They met in the Sunshine State two weeks ago and Tampa Bay held Brees without a TD pass for the second consecutive contest, taking an 16-11 win at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs’ Doug Martin scored the contest’s only TD on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Tampa Bay ran for 104 yards in the five-point win, while holding New Orleans to 46 and sealed the win in the final seconds when Keith Tandy picked off Brees to send Bucs fans home happy. Winston threw for 184 yards in the win, while Brees tallied 257 yards in the NFC South contest with three interceptions.

Tampa Bay was favored by 2 1/2 and the contest had a 51 1/2 over/under. While both teams mustered 27 points, the Bucs did cover the spread with the 5-point win in the Sunshine State. New Orleans is favored by 3 with a 53 over/under in the Big Easy. Both teams are trying to catch the Falcons in the NFC South (Tampa Bay split the series with Atlanta, while New Orleans lost to the Falcons in the Big Easy in week three). The loser is pretty much done in the NFC South race, while the winner keeps hope alive for at least another week. Saints march over Tampa Bay in the Big Easy and covers the 3 like gumbo over dirty rice.

Indianapolis (7-7) at Oakland (11-3), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. The Colts travel west to Oakland for a late Saturday afternoon contest with the Oakland Raiders in northern California.

The Colts and Luck manhandled Minnesota 34-6 last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. Indy led from start to finish and never were threatened, leading 27-0 at the half. Minnesota was held to a pair of Keith Forbath field goals for their only points. The Colts outrushed Minnesota 161-34 in the return of RB Adrian Peterson, who tallied only 22 yards on six carries, while Indy’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards. Luck threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs, while Sam Bradford threw for 291 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once.

Oakland used a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals to take a 19-16 win over San Diego at Qualcomm last Sunday afternoon in southern California. The Chargers were up 16-13 over the Silver and Black with 6:14 left in the third quarter when Philip Rivers and rookie TE Hunter Henry connected on a 7-yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as Janikowski kicked the first of his two second half field goals, a 21-yard field goal to tie the contest up with 8:38 left in regulation and then kicked a 44-yarder with 2:40 left to play. San Diego then had four shots to move the ball and perhaps tie things up at Qualcomm but Rivers was picked off by S Reggie Nelson, who ran the ball back to San Diego’s 13. The Raiders then ran out the clock and picked up a playoff spot, while the Chargers saw their hopes for post-season football go the way of a snowflake. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and while Rivers threw a pair of TDs, he was sacked twice and threw the interception that doomed San Diego (Derek Carr threw for 213 with a TD).

Including contests played in Baltimore and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 7-6 and the Silver and Black have outscored the Colts 302-289. However… the Colts have won the last four contests, taking a 21-17 win in the Hoosier State in 2013, while Oakland’s last win came in 2001 by a final of 23-18 in Indianapolis. The Raiders are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under is 53. Both numbers make sense. Indy makes this one interesting but the Raiders take this one in the Black Hole and covers the 3 1/2.

San Francisco (1-13) at Los Angeles (4-10), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of NFC West cellar-dwellers meet in Tinseltown as the 49ers make their way down I-5 for a West Coast Christmas Eve affair in LA.

Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers lost their 13th contest in a row, falling to Atlanta 41-13 last Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The struggling 49ers trailed 28-13 at the half in the Big Peach and were then shut out their hosts 13-0 in the second half. DeVonta Freeman ran for 139 yards and three TDs, as Atlanta ran for 248 yards (San Francisco ran for 107) with Matt Ryan (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs (Kaepernick threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked twice).

Los Angeles fell to Seattle 24-3 last Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest. The win by Seattle allowed them to capture the NFC West title, while ruining the coaching debut of interim head coach John Fassel in the process. After a scorless first quarter at Century Link Field, the Seahawks took a 10-3 lead at the intermission and were never really threatened by the Rams. Los Angeles was held to a 36-yard field by Greg Zuerlein with 55 seconds left before the half and held to 47 yards rushing. (Seattle had 72) The Seahawks did manage to hold Los Angeles to 47 yards on the ground, sacking Jeff Goff four times in the process. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, threw for 229 yards and three TDs in the somewhat lopsided win.

They met in northern California in week one at Levis’ Stadium and the 49ers picked up their only win of the 2016 campaign, shutting out the Rams 28-0. San Francisco led 14-0 at the half and then scored their other 14 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. San Francisco outrushed the Rams 150-65 and Case Keenum threw for 130 yards but threw two interceptions, while Blaine Gabbert threw for 170 yards and a TD.

The Rams were favored by 2 1/2 with a 43 over/under in the week one contest in northern California and San Francisco covered the spread with their 28-point win. The over/under stayed safe as both clubs combined for only 28 points. Los Angeles is favored by 4 this time around and the over/under’s 40. You might want to take a pass on this one and get yourself ready for Midnight Mass. Rams butt their way into the win column this week and covers the 4.

Arizona (5-8-1) at Seattle (9-4-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. The Seattle Seahawks, who won the NFC West, host the Arizona Cardinals in the Pacific Northwest in a late afternoon showdown in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Cardinal fans saw their dim playoff hopes come to a crashing end as they fell to New Orleans Arizona 48-41 in Glendale. The contest had six lead changes and two ties at University of Phoenix Stadium and had New Orleans leading at the half 24-20. New Orleans outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 130-116 and Brees threw for 389 yards and four TDs, while Carson Palmer threw for 318 yards and a pair of TDs.

Seattle manhandled a helpless Los Angeles Rams team 24-3 last Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest, ruining the coaching debut of interim head coach John Fassel in the process. After a scorless first quarter at Century Link Field, Seattle took a 10-3 lead at the intermission and were never really threatened by the Rams, who was held to a 36-yard field by Greg Zuerlein with 55 seconds left before the half. While they didn’t breach the 100-yard mark (Seattle had 72), the Seahawks did manage to hold Los Angeles to 47 yards on the ground, sacking Jeff Goff four times in the process. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, threw for 229 yards and three TDs in the somewhat lopsided win.

Meeting on a Sunday night in the desert in week seven, Seattle and Arizona played to a 6-6 tie that saw all the scoring in the contest come by way of the kickers (Stephen Hauschka and Chris Catanzaro). Both kickers kicked field goals in the overtime and both had chances to give their team the win in the extra period but both attempts fell short of their marks. Arizona led 3-0 at the half before Hauschka sent the contest into overtime with a 40-yard effort with 4 minutes left in regulation. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 113 yards as the Desert Angry Birds outrushed Seattle 132-52, while Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards, with Carson Palmer throwing for 342 yards (both men did not throw an interception, while Palmer threw four interceptions).

In the week seven sister-kisser, the Desert Angry Birds were favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. Neither the over/under or the spread were in danger as they played to the tie and both teams scored 12 points. The Seahawks in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks are favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Seattle takes this one but they won’t cover the 8 1/2.

Cincinnati (5-8-1) at Houston (8-6), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Netowrk and Twitter. Andy Dalton comes back to his home state as the Bengals travel to Houston for a Christmas Eve contest with the Houston Texans in the Lone Star State.

Cincinnati let a 20-9 halftime lead against Pittsburgh get away from them at Paul Brown Stadium and fell to their AFC North rivals 24-20. The Bengals, who were eliminated from the post-season, held the Steelers to three Chris Boswell field gals in the first 30 minutes of action before Pittsburgh proceeded to shut out the Bengals in the second half, scoring their final 15 points unchallenged. After Boswell added another field goal, the Steelers took the lead for the first time and for keeps when Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (286 yards, TD) and WR Eli Rodgers connected on a 24-yard TD pass with 7:29 left to play. The Bengals were held to 76 yards on the ground, while the Steelers tallied 97 and Andy Dalton threw for 157 yards with an interception for the Bengals.

The Texans trailed lowly Jacksonville 20-14 with 7:54 left to play in Houston before they stormed back to come away 21-20 winners over Jacksonville at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville led 13-5 over the Texans, who benched Brock Osweiler (48 yards, two interceptions) in the contest in favor of Todd Savage. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 79-67 in the Lone Star State and Savage threw for 260 yards yards in the come from behind win, as RB Lamar Miller scored the game winner with 2:51 left from a yard away.

The series is even at 4-4 and the Bengals have outscored Houston 158-146. Houston won the last meeting last year in Cincinnati 10-6 at Paul Brown Stadium (the Bengals’ last win in the series came in 2014 in Houston by a final of 22-13). The Bengals let a 6-3 lead get away from them in the fourth quarter as the Texans took the lead with 14:20 left to play when WR DeAndre Hopkins scored on a 22 yard pass from Tyler Yates. Houston outrushed Cincinnati in the Monday night contest 82-74 and Dalton threw for 197 yards but was sacked four times, while Blaine Hoyer threw for 123 yards (Yates threw for 69).

Houston’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 41. The Bengals would like nothing more than to spoil the Texans’ playoff party plans. Houston’s dreaming of the playoffs for the second year in a row and they’ll have a lot to say about that. Cincy, you have a problem. Houston covers the 2 and wins in the Lone Star State.

Baltimore (8-6) at Pittsburgh (9-5), 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day on NBC. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in the Steel City on Christmas day as Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh for an afternoon contest with the Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Ravens were 27-26 winners over Philadelphia in Charm City Sunday afternoon. Baltimore trailed 11-10 with 14:38 to play before halftime on a 4-yard TD run by Philadelphia’s Ryan Matthews. Philadelph then took the lead back with 1:39 left in the half when Caleb Sturgis connected on a 34-yard field goal. That lead would not last very long as Ravens WR Steven Smith Sr. and Joe Flacco connected on a 34-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left before the intermission. Sturgis would eventually pull the Eagles to within 7 with a 29-yard field goal with 2:22 left in regulation. After the Ravens punted the ball back to Philly, they used a 9-play, 59-yard drive that used 95 seconds and ended when rookie QB Carson Wentz scrambled into the end zone from 4 yards out to pull to within 6. Philly then went for two in the hopes of taking the lead on the road and saving their playoff hopes but the try for two failed. Matthews led all rushers with 128 yards and the touchdown, while the Eagles outrushed Baltimore 169-151. Wentz threw for 170 yards and had the rushing TD and was picked off once, while Flacco threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs.

The Steelers trailed Cincinnati 20-9 halftime lead before Pittsburgh chipped away at the lead and came out on top of the Bengals, taking a 24-20. The loss kept the Steelers in the playoff hunt, while elimnating the Bengals. Pittsburgh was held to three Chris Boswell field gals in the first 30 minutes of action before they proceeded to shut out the Bengals in the second half, scoring their final 15 points unchallenged. After Boswell added another field goal, the Steelers took the lead for the first time and for keeps when Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (286 yards, TD) and WR Eli Rodgers connected on a 24-yard TD pass with 7:29 left to play. The Bengals were held to 76 yards on the ground, while the Steelers tallied 97 and Andy Dalton threw for 157 yards with an interception for the Bengals.

They met in week nine in Charm City and the Steelers lost to the Ravens 21-14. Baltimore led 13-0 after three quarters of play before the Steelers stormed back to make it a 7-point contest when Roethlisberger scored on a 1-yard run with 48 seconds left. Pittsburgh then tried an onside kick which failed somewhat miserably. The first meeting as far a rushing game was concerned was nothing to write home about, as neither team breached the 100 yard mark (Baltimore had 50, Pittsburgh had 36) and Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards and a TD to Antonio Brown, while Flacco threw for 241 yards and a TD (Roethlisberger was sacked twice, Flacco sacked three times).

Baltimore covered the 1 1/2-point spread with their 7-point win and the two teams combined for 35 points, missing the 44 over/under by 9. Pittsburgh’s favored by 5 and the over/under is 44. Someone is eventually going to be naughty and someone’s going to be eventually nice. Steelers make the nice list as they get revenge on the Ravens nevermore with the win at home and covers the 5.

Denver (8-6) at Kansas City (10-4), 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day on NBC. For the first time since 1971, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing a home game on Christmas Day, as they welcome the Denver Broncos to Arrowhead on a Sunday night.

The defending Super Bowl champs fell to New England and Tom Brady 16-3 at Sports Authority Field on a Sunday that was warm by Denver standars (game time temperature? 18 with a wind chill of 7) The Pats broke a 3-3 tie after the first 15 minutes of action and scored their last 13 points without a challenge from Denver. New England led 10-3 at the intermission and never looked back. Denver was outrushed 136-58 by New England and Brady threw for 188 yards with no TD but did not throw an interception. Denver’s Trevor Seiman threw for 282 but was sacked four times in the loss.

Kansas City found being taken to the wire last Sunday at Arrowhead by Tennessee and came away on the short end of a 19-17 loss at home in the Show-Me State. The Titans trailed 17-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 1 with 3:12 left in regulation when rookie RB Derek Henry scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-16. Tennesee then went for two to take the lead but Marcus Mariota’s conversion try failed. After a Kansas City punt, the Titans got the ball back and made it all the way to the Chiefs’ 35 yard line, where they set up what would eventually be the game-winning field goal try by Ryan Succup (who kicked for the Chiefs last year). Succop’s first try was short but Kansas City burned a time out to make him think it over. Succop then connected on his second try, a 53-yarder, that sailed through the goal posts as the clock expired. Kansas City outrushed the Titans 158-148 in the chilly air at Arrowhead with a gametime temperature a balmy 1 degree with a wind chill of -9. Mariota threw for 241 yards, while Alex Smith had 163 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once).

Denver and Kansas City met in the Mile High City in week 12 and the Broncos were 30-27 overtime losers on a Sunday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The defending champs trailed 9-3 at the half, then rallied to take the lead with 3 minutes left when Trevor Siemian and WR Bennie Fowler connected on a 76 yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as the Chiefs used a 13-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 2:48 when WR Tyreek Hill caught a 3-yard TD pass from Smtih with 12 seconds left. TE Demetrius Harris then tied the contest up when he caught Smith’s 2-point conversion try and that sent the game into overtime. Denver got the ball first in the overtime and scored their first and only points of the extra period when Brian McMannus kicked a 44 yard field goal with 8:51 left. Kansas City’s Chris Santos then responded with a field goal of his own from 37 yards with 4:19 left. The Broncos got the ball back the second time around but could do nothing with it. After a Denver punt, the Chiefs used a 4-play, 32-yard drive that took 61 seconds and ended when Santos connected on his second field goal, which was the game-winner from 34 yards away with 2 seconds left.

Denver outrushed Kansas City in the first meeting in week 12 124-83, while Siemian threw for 368 yards with three TDs but was sacked five times, while Smith threw for 220 yards with six sacks in addition to the one TD pass.

In the week 12 contest in Denver, the defending Super Bowl champs were favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under was 39 1/2. Kansas City won by 3, barely missing the spread. The two teams did manage to cover the over/under with 57 points in the Sunday night overtime contest. This time, the Chiefs are a 4-point favorite at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Both nunbers make a lot of season The champs are reeling and need some luck. Kansas City is trying to make it to the post season for the second season in a row. The winner is all but assured of a spot in the post-season party, while the loser is all but done. The last time the Chiefs swept Denver? The 2000 season, when the Chiefs took a 23-22 win in Denver and then came home and beat the Broncos 20-7. Denver at the very least lives to fight another day, taking the win at Arrowhead and covering the 4.

Detroit (9-5) at Dallas (12-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 16 closes out as Detroit and Dallas play in the final Monday night contest of the 2016 season. The Lions are looking for a playoff spot, while the Cowboys look to be the top season in the post-season tournament.

Detroit was held to a pair of Matt Prater field goals as they fell to the New York Giants 16-7 at Met Life Stadium. New York’s Eli Manning (201 yards) and WRs Sterling Sterling and Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on the contest’s only TDs in the game and the Giants’ defense held Matthew Stafford (273 yards, interception) and the Lions out of the end zone, stopping them in their final chance to score. New York outrushed Detroit 114-56 and led 10-3 at the half.

On the strength of a 159-yard effort by Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas came away 26-20 winners over Tampa Bay in Arlington last Sunday night. Dallas, who led 17-6 at the half at AT&T Stadium, trailed 20-17 with 4:12 left in the third when Jameis Winston (247 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) and TE Connor Brate connected on a 10-yard TD pass. Dallas roared back to take the lead for keeps with three Dan Bailey field goals in the fourth quarter. Dallas held Tampa Bay to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cowboys’ Elliott ran for a TD that will be talked about for years when he leaped into the Salvation Army kettle behind the endzone (Elliott would not be fined by the league or the team and gave the charity a sizeable donation, Dallas ran for 185 yards in the win in the Lone Star State). Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards as Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the process.

They’ve met 23 times, which includes games played at old Tiger Stadium and the Cotton Bowl and the Cowboys lead the series 12-11. Dallas has outscored Detroit 608-437. Detroit has won the last two meetings in the regular season, coming away 31-30 winners in the Motor City in 2013. Dallas’ last win over Detroit came in the Lone Star State in 2010 by a final of 35-19.

On Monday night, the Lions are 14-16-1 and went 1-1 last year, while the Cowboys are 44-33 and won their only MNF contest in the 2015 campaign.

Dallas is favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. Both numbers make sense. While Detroit was waiting to see what Green Bay was doing Saturday afternoon at Lambeau, the Cowboys know that their hay’s in the barn. Dallas wins this one but don’t expect them to cover the 7 1/2.