The NFL’s Game Day 17 early kickoff again yielded great results. The games in brief:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-24 Carolina Panthers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the important divisional duel against the Carolina Panthers with 30:24. This means the Buccaneers have won the NFC South twice in a row for the first time in franchise history.
The Carolina Panthers were ahead for three quarters of the game before Tom Brady and especially Mike Evans started the turbo. Evans showed his class with 207 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Due to the Bucs’ division win, the Panthers have no chance of making the playoffs at the same time.
New England Patriots – Miami Dolphins 23-21
Live the playoff hopes of the New England Patriots! After a strong second half, the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 32-21. That leaves both teams 8-8, meaning the AFC’s final playoff berth won’t be decided until Week 18.
While Mac Jones shone with two touchdown passes, Teddy Bridgewater had to be replaced with a hand injury. He and Officer Skylar Thompson each threw an interception.
Atlanta Falcons-Arizona Cardinals 20-19
In the duel of the disappointed, the Atlanta Falcons won at home against the Arizona Cardinals with 20:19. Desmond Ridder went without a touchdown but got his first victory as an NFL quarterback.
For the Cardinals, meanwhile, the season is long over. David Blough, the fourth quarterback, has been used in the last four games, with a touchdown and an interception, which he still cleaned up.
Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears 41-10
Detroit Lions playoff hopes continue with one game to go! The Lions beat their division rivals, the Chicago Bears, 41-10. Quarterback Jared Goff in particular delivered again.
For the Chicago Bears, on the other hand, no one shone except for quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears still have a chance to pick the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft.
Houston Texans 3-31 Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars confidently won the dress rehearsal before the all-important end of the season against the Tennessee Titans 31-3. The defense was particularly solid, Trevor Lawrence spent a rather discreet day with STATS.
With a win over the Titans, the Jaguars can secure their first playoff entry since 2017. In that time, Jacksonville only fell short in the championship game against the New England Patriots.
The Houston Texans, meanwhile, are just one game away from the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If they also don’t win against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 18, they’ll be the first pick in the 2023 draft.
Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos 27-24
Even after Nathaniel Hackett was fired, the Denver Broncos didn’t get back on track. Despite an attractive performance, the Broncos lost 27:24 to division rivals Kansas City Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes threw an interception, but the Chiefs offense was too strong as usual. If the Buffalo Bills lose to the Cincinnati Bengals at the end of the day, the Chiefs will once again be the number one seed in the AFC.
New York Giants-Indianapolis Colts 38-10
The New York Giants’ six-year playoff streak is over. With a 38:10 against the Indianapolis Colts, the “G-Men” got a wild card in the NFC. With nine wins, they can no longer deprive themselves of a place in the playoffs.
It’s the sixth straight bankruptcy for the Colts under interim coach Jeff Saturday. Worse still, quarterback Nick Foles had to be replaced injured.
Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints 10:20
Without starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Philadelphia Eagles lost their third game of the season. There was a 10:20 loss to the beaten New Orleans Saints. Replacement Gardner Minshew made a game-winning error with a six-pick over Marshon Lattimore.
The confirmed number one seed in the NFC will have to wait until week 18.
The Saints have only a theoretical chance of playing in the playoffs due to the parallel success of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Washington-Cleveland Browns Commanders 10:24
The Cleveland Browns dashed the Washington Commanders’ playoff hopes. The Browns, who have long given up hope for the playoffs, were clearly stronger offensively and capitalized on the Commanders’ mistakes.
Washington, where Carson Wentz led the game early with three interceptions, needed help from the New York Jets with a 7-8-1 record to qualify for the playoffs on the final day of the game, but didn’t get it. .
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