The early kick-off of the NFL’s Game Day 17 has again delivered some great results. The games in a nutshell:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Carolina Panthers 30:24
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the important divisional duel against the Carolina Panthers with 30:24. This means that the Buccaneers have won the NFC South twice in a row for the first time in their franchise history.
The Carolina Panthers were in front 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 are without a chance of the postseason at the same time.
New England Patriots – Miami Dolphins 23:21
Live the New England Patriots playoff hopes! After a good second half, the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins by SCORE. That leaves both teams 8-8, meaning the AFC’s final playoff spot won’t be decided until Week 18.
While Mac Jones shone with two touchdown passes, Teddy Bridgewater had to be substituted with a hand injury. Both he and agent Skylar Thompson each threw an interception.
Atlanta Falcons – Arizona Cardinals 20:19
In the duel of the disappointed, the Atlanta Falcons win at home against the Arizona Cardinals with 20:19. Desmond Ridder went without a touchdown but got his first win 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, he still cleaned.
Detroit Lions – Chicago Bears 41:10
Detroit Lions playoff hopes live on with one game left! The Lions dominantly beat division rivals Chicago Bears by SCORING. Quarterback Jared Goff in particular delivered again (STATS).
The Chicago Bears, on the other hand, once again, had no one to shine apart from quarterback Justin Fields (RUSHING STATS). The Bears still have a chance of picking the first pick in the 2023 draft.
Houston Texans – Jacksonville Jaguars 3:31
The Jacksonville Jaguars confidently won the dress rehearsal before the all-important end of the season against the Tennessee Titans XX:XX. The defense was particularly strong, Trevor Lawrence had a rather discreet day with STATS.
With a win against the Titans, the Jaguars can secure their first playoff entry since 2017. At that time, Jacksonville only failed in the championship game against the New England Patriots.
The Houston Texans, on the other hand, are just one game away from the first pick in the upcoming NFL draft. If they don’t win against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 18 either, 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 haven’t gotten back on track. At division rivals Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos lost by SCORE despite an appealing performance.
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 AFC’s number one seed.
New York Giants – Indianapolis Colts 38:10
The New York Giants’ six-year playoff streak is over. With a RESULT against the Indianapolis Colts, the “G-Men” secured a wild card in the NFC. With nine wins, they can no longer be deprived of a place in the postseason.
It is the sixth bankruptcy in a row for the Colts led by interim coach Jeff Saturday. Worse still, quarterback Nick Foles had to be substituted off 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 defeat against battered New Orleans Saints. Backup Gardner Minshew made a game-winning error with a pick six on Marshon Lattimore.
The confirmed number one seed in the NFC will have to wait until week 18.
The Saints now have no chance of the playoffs due to the parallel success of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Washington Commanders – Cleveland Browns 10:24
The Cleveland Browns have dashed the Washington Commanders’ playoff hopes. The Browns, who have long lost hope for the postseason, were clearly stronger offensively and took advantage of the Commanders’ mistakes.
Washington, where Carson Wentz steered the game early on with two interceptions to lose, now need support with a record of 7-8-1 to be able to move out into the playoffs on the last day of the game.