Week 16 playoff scenarios in the NFL

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East division title

Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

                     Jacksonville – Playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3) (vs. Buffalo (8-6), Sunday)

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1)  NE win + PIT loss + JAX loss or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1)  NE win + PIT loss   OR

2)  NE win + JAX loss or tie   OR

3)  NE tie + JAX loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) (at Houston (4-10), Monday)

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:

1) PIT win + JAX loss or tie  OR

2) PIT tie + JAX loss

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (10-4) (at San Francisco (4-10), Sunday)

Jacksonville clinches AFC South division title with:

1)    JAX win or tie  OR

2)    TEN loss or tie

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-6) (vs. Miami (6-8), Sunday)

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title with:

1)  KC win  OR

2)  LAC loss  OR

3)    KC tie + LAC tie

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-6) (vs. Los Angeles Rams (10-4), Sunday)

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  TEN win + BAL loss + BUF loss

NFC

CLINCHED: Philadelphia – NFC East division title and first-round bye

                     Minnesota – NFC North division title

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (12-2) (vs. Oakland (6-8), Monday night)

Philadelphia clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) PHI win  OR

2) MIN loss  OR

3) PHI tie + MIN tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-3) (at Green Bay (7-7), Saturday night)

Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:

1)  MIN win + CAR loss or tie  OR

2)  MIN tie + CAR loss + NO loss or tie + LAR loss or tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-4) (at Tennessee (8-6), Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams clinch NFC West division title with:

1) LAR win or tie  OR

2) SEA loss or tie

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

1)  DET loss or tie + CAR loss + ATL loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) (vs. Atlanta (9-5), Sunday)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1)  NO win + CAR loss

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  NO win or tie  OR

2)  DAL-SEA tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-4) (vs. Tampa Bay (4-10), Sunday)

Carolina clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  CAR win or tie  OR

2)  DAL-SEA tie

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-5) (at New Orleans (10-4), Sunday)

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  ATL win  OR

2)  ATL tie + DAL-SEA tie + DET loss or tie

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Panthers’ Thomas Davis suspended two games by NFL

Here is the statement from the NFL on Thomas Davis’ suspension:

THOMAS DAVIS of the Carolina Panthers has been suspended without pay for two games for a violation of safety-related playing rules in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension.

In his letter to Davis notifying him of the suspension, Runyan noted that Davis violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 (b) (1) which prohibits unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture by “forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder, even if the initial contact is lower than the player’s neck.”

Runyan wrote:

“During an interception return, you took a path toward your opponent who was pursuing the play and delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside block to his head and neck area.  You have been previously fined for violations of safety-related rules.  Your actions yesterday warrant an escalation of discipline, not only because they were flagrant, but also because of your status as a repeat offender.”

Davis will be eligible to return to the Panthers’ active roster on Monday, January 1 following the team’s December 31 game against the Atlanta Falcons.  He will also miss the club’s December 24 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKSor JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR-WEEK 15

STELLAR STEELER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN has 9,886 receiving yards in his eight-year NFL career.

Brown, who will play in his 115th career game on Sunday against New England, can tie CALVIN JOHNSON (115) for the fewest games to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 REC. YARDS

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

115

Torry Holt

St. Louis

116

Lance Alworth^

San Diego

120

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

121

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

122

 

 

 

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

114*

*Has 9,886 career receiving yards

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards and ties for second with nine touchdown receptions, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in three different seasons, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON. Brown also accomplished the feat in 2014 and 2015.

With a touchdown catch on Sunday, Brown will record his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH and RANDY MOSS for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

 

TEAM

 

SEASONS

MOST CONSECUTIVE 1,200 REC. YARD & 10 TD SEASONS

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

1989-1995

7

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1999-2003

5

Lance Alworth^

San Diego

1963-1966

4

Randy Moss

Minnesota

1998-2001

4

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2014-2016

 3*

*Has 1,509 rec. yards and nine TD catches through Week 14

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAMCarolina’s CAM NEWTON leads all NFL quarterbacks with 585 rushing yards this season.

Newton, who plays against Green Bay on Sunday, can tie MICHAEL VICK (four) for the most seasons with at least 600 rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history. Newton also accomplished the feat in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The quarterbacks with the most seasons of at least 600 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 600+ RUSH YARDS

Michael Vick

Atlanta, Philadelphia

4

Cam Newton

Carolina

3*

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

3

*Has 585 rushing yards through Week 14

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PULVERIZING PEPPERSCarolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS has 9.5 sacks this season and is closing in on his 10th career season with at least 10 sacks.

Peppers can join Pro Football Hall of Famers BRUCE SMITH (13), REGGIE WHITE (12) and KEVIN GREENE (10) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 10 seasons with 10+ sacks.

The players with the most seasons with at least 10 sacks in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 10+ SACKS

Bruce Smith^

Buffalo, Washington

13

Reggie White^

Philadelphia, Green Bay

12

Kevin Greene^

LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco

10

Julius Peppers

Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay

9*

*Has 9.5 sacks through Week 14

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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WONDERFUL WILSONSeattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON ranks second in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and is second among NFL quarterbacks with 482 rushing yards.

Wilson, who plays against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, can become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in multiple seasons, having also accomplished the feat in 2015. RANDALL CUNNINGHAMand CAM NEWTON are the only other quarterbacks to reach the marks in a single season.

The players with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TD PASSES

RUSH YARDS

Cam Newton

Carolina

2015

35

636

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2015

34

553

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

1990

30

942

Russell Wilson*

Seattle

2017

29

482

*Through Week 14

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BURSTING ON THE SCENE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS, who had 92 receptions as a rookie last year, ranks second in the NFC with 85 catches this season.

Thomas, who faces the New York Jets this week, needs five receptions to join ODELL BECKHAM, JR. as the only players in NFL history to have at least 90 catches in each of their first two NFL seasons. Beckham (2014-16) reached 90+ receptions in each of his first three NFL seasons.

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CONSISTENT COLT: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE has 941 scrimmage yards this season and has recorded at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his past 11 seasons.

With 59 yards against Denver on Thursday Night Football, Gore will join Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH as the only players in NFL history to record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 consecutive seasons. Smith accomplished the feat in 13 consecutive seasons from 1990-2002.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS

CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 1,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS

Emmitt Smith^

Dallas

1990-2002

13

Frank Gore

San Francisco, Indianapolis

2006-2016

 11*

Marshall Faulk^

Indianapolis, St. Louis

1994-2004

11

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

1986-1996

11

*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Fame

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BREES FOR 70K: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES ranks third in NFL history with 69,680 career passing yards.

Brees, who plays against the New York Jets on Sunday, needs 320 yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838 passing yards) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) as the only players in NFL history with at least 70,000 career passing yards.

The players with 70,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER PASS YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

71,940

Brett Favre^

Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota

 71,838

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

69,680*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who will be playing in his 247th career game, would reach the milestone in the fewest games played.

The players to reach 70,000 career passing yards in the fewest games played:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAMES TO 70,000 CAREER PASS YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

258

Brett Favre^

Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota

293

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

 246*

*Has 69,680 career passing yards

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Le’Veon Bell receives most Pro Bowl votes from fans

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LE’VEON BELL received 855,539 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2018 Pro Bowl, as announced on NFL Network. Fan voting ended on Thursday, December 14.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (833,481 votes) ranked second overall, while Pittsburgh wide receiverANTONIO BROWN (832,446 votes), Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ (829,174 votes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (743,355 votes) rounded out the top five.

The 2018 Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed exclusively on Tuesday, December 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Friday, December 15.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 28, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC.

Tickets to the game start at $45 and are on sale now at ProBowl.com. Last year’s sold-out event – the Pro Bowl’s first time in Orlando – featured a capacity crowd of more than 60,000. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information on Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando.

The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on gameday. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium on gameday to enable them to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

RB

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 855,539

QB

Tom Brady New England 833,481

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 832,446

QB

Carson Wentz Philadelphia 829,174

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 743,355

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 693,697

QB

Russell Wilson Seattle 651,592

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 571,656

TE

Rob Gronkowski New England 551,058

RB

Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 544,068

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

AFC

NFC

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Tom Brady New England 833,481

QB

Carson Wentz Philadelphia 829,174

RB

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 855,539

RB

Todd Gurley LA Rams 693,697

FB

Tommy Bohanon Jacksonville 139,297

FB

Kyle Juszczyk San Francisco 361,196

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 832,446

WR

Julio Jones Atlanta 541,571

TE

Rob Gronkowski New England 551,058

TE

Zach Ertz Philadelphia 486,011

T

Alejandro Villanueva Pittsburgh 208,033

T

Tyron Smith Dallas 211,690

G

David DeCastro Pittsburgh 253,504

G

Zack Martin Dallas 220,566

C

Maurkice Pouncey Pittsburgh 242,409

C

Travis Frederick Dallas 246,225

DE

Joey Bosa LA Chargers 406,873

DE

Everson Griffen Minnesota 305,291

DT

Geno Atkins Cincinnati 289,919

DT

Aaron Donald LA Rams 314,522

OLB

Von Miller Denver 248,278

OLB

Chandler Jones Arizona 171,825

ILB

Ryan Shazier Pittsburgh 223,092

ILB

Luke Kuechly Carolina 288,830

CB

A.J. Bouye Jacksonville 319,638

CB

Xavier Rhodes Minnesota 222,137

SS

Micah Hyde Buffalo 128,993

SS

Kam Chancellor Seattle 149,793

FS

Kevin Byard Tennessee 157,036

FS

Earl Thomas Seattle 139,203

K

Stephen Gostkowski New England 153,573

K

Greg Zuerlein LA Rams 170,738

P

Marquette King Oakland 156,548

P

Johnny Hekker LA Rams 90,152

RS

Tyreek Hill Kansas City 149,530

RS

Pharoh Cooper LA Rams 116,091

ST

Tyler Matakevich Pittsburgh 91,497

ST

Budda Baker Arizona 96,595

Roger Goodell on Jerry Jones: ‘We don’t always agree’

Fresh off his five-year, $200 million contract extension with the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media during the NFL owners meetings in Dallas today.

One of the topics Goodell addressed was his relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who opposed his extension:

On your relationship with Jerry Jones:

RG: My relationship with Jerry has been great. We don’t always agree. I’m not paid to agree and he’s not paid to agree with me. That is, again, what the strength of our league is. As a league, we are stronger when 32 teams are together. We have our differences but we work together to try to solve those differences and address them in a way that is responsible. I think we have done that.

On the contingency element introduced into the Commissioner’s contract by Jerry Jones; is it emblematic of a rift going forward?

RG: Do I look like I take it personally? Jerry, do I look like I take it personally? [pointing to Jerry who was in the room]. No is the answer to that questions. As I have said before, I think people disagree. People who have the ability to do that within the context of our structure is something that makes us stronger.

Goodell, 58, has been the commissioner of the NFL since 2006.

Strength of schedule for all 23 teams in playoff contention

As the NFL enters Week 15, there are 23 teams (12 in the AFC, 11 in the NFC) in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LII.

In the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) have clinched the AFC North division title. In the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) have locked up the NFC East division.

With three weeks left to play in the regular season, there are still 10 playoff berths up for grabs.

Following are the records of the AFC playoff contenders, their remaining games and strength of schedule, and their wins and losses against other conference playoff hopefuls:

AFC EAST

TEAM/GAMES VS. AFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

10-3

3-1

7-2

at Pit

Buf

NYJ

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 23-16 (.590)

(11-2)

(7-6)

(5-8)

Wins: Buf, LAC, Mia, NYJ, Oak; Losses: KC, Mia

BUFFALO BILLS

7-6

1-2

5-4

Mia

at NE

at Mia

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-17 (.564)

(6-7)

(10-3)

(6-7)

Wins: KC, NYJ, Oak; Losses: Cin, LAC, NE, NYJ

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

6-7

2-2

5-4

at Buf

at KC

Buf

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 21-18 (.538)

(7-6)

(7-6)

(7-6)

Wins: LAC, NE, NYJ, Ten; Losses: Bal, NE, NYJ, Oak

 

NEW YORK JETS

5-8

2-3

5-5

at NO

LAC

at NE

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 26-13 (.667)

(9-4)

(7-6)

(10-3)

Wins: Buf, Jax, KC, Mia; Losses: Buf, Mia, NE, Oak

 

AFC NORTH

TEAM/GAMES VS. AFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

PITTSBURGH STEELERS *

11-2

5-0

8-1

NE

at Hou

Cle

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 14-25 (.359)

(10-3)

(4-9)

(0-13)

Wins: Bal (2), Cin (2), KC, Ten; Loss: Jax

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

7-6

2-2

5-4

at Cle

Ind

Cin

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 8-31 (.205)

(0-13)

(3-10)

(5-8)

Wins: Cin, Mia, Oak; Losses: Jax, Pit (2), Ten

CINCINNATI BENGALS

5-8

2-3

5-6

at Min

Det

at Bal

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 24-15 (.615)

(10-3)

(7-6)

(7-6)

Win: Buf; Losses: Bal, Jax, Pit (2), Ten

AFC SOUTH

TEAM/GAMES VS. AFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

9-4

3-1

8-2

Hou

at SF

at Ten

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 15-24 (.385)

(4-9)

(3-10)

(8-5)

Wins: Bal, Cin, LAC, Pit; Losses: NYJ, Ten

 

TENNESSEE TITANS

8-5

4-1

7-4

at SF

LAR

Jax

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 21-18 (.538)

(3-10)

(9-4)

(9-4)

Wins: Bal, Cin, Jax; Losses: Mia, Oak, Pit

 

AFC WEST

TEAM/GAMES VS. AFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

7-6

3-1

5-4

LAC

Mia

at Den

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 17-22 (.436)

(7-6)

(6-7)

(4-9)

Wins: LAC, NE, Oak; Losses: Buf, NYJ, Oak, Pit

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

7-6

2-2

4-5

at KC

at NYJ

Oak

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 18-21 (.462)

(7-6)

(5-8)

(6-7)

Wins: Buf, Oak; Losses: Jax, KC, Mia, NE

OAKLAND RAIDERS

6-7

2-3

5-6

Dal

at Phi

at LAC

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 25-14 (.641)

(7-6)

(11-2)

(7-6)

Wins: KC, Mia, NYJ, Ten; Losses: Bal, Buf, KC, LAC, NE

* Clinched division title

Following are the records of the NFC playoff contenders, their remaining games and strength of schedule, and their wins and losses against other conference playoff hopefuls:

NFC EAST

TEAM/GAMES VS. NFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES *

11-2

4-0

9-1

at NYG

Oak

Dal

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 15-24 (.385)

(2-11)

(6-7)

(7-6)

Wins: Az, Car, Dal, LAR; Loss: Sea

DALLAS COWBOYS

7-6

4-1

6-4

at Oak

Sea

at Phi

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 25-14 (.641)

(6-7)

(8-5)

(11-2)

Win: Az; Losses: Atl, GB, LAR, Phi

 

NFC NORTH

TEAM/GAMES VS. NFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

10-3

3-1

8-2

Cin

at GB

Chi

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 16-23 (.410)

(5-8)

(7-6)

(4-9)

Wins: Atl, Det, GB, LAR, NO; Losses: Car, Det

 

DETROIT LIONS

7-6

3-1

6-4

Chi

at Cin

GB

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 16-23 (.410)

(4-9)

(5-8)

(7-6)

Wins: Az, GB, Min; Losses: Atl, Car, Min, NO

GREEN BAY PACKERS

7-6

2-2

5-4

at Car

Min

at Det

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 26-13 (.667)

(9-4)

(10-3)

(7-6)

Wins: Dal, Sea; Losses: Atl, Det, Min, NO

NFC SOUTH

TEAM/GAMES VS. NFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

9-4

3-1

7-3

NYJ

Atl

at TB

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 17-22 (.436)

(5-8)

(8-5)

(4-9)

Wins: Car (2), Det, GB; Losses: Atl, LAR, Min

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS

9-4

2-2

5-4

GB

TB

at Atl

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 19-20 (.487)

(7-6)

(4-9)

(8-5)

Wins: Atl, Det, Min; Losses: NO (2), Phi

ATLANTA FALCONS

8-5

2-1

7-2

at TB

at NO

Car

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-17 (.564)

(4-9)

(9-4)

(9-4)

Wins: Dal, Det, GB, NO, Sea; Losses: Car, Min

 

NFC WEST

TEAM/GAMES VS. NFC CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

LOS ANGELES RAMS

9-4

3-1

6-4

at Sea

at Ten

SF

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 19-20 (.487)

(8-5)

(8-5)

(3-10)

Wins: Az (2), Dal, NO; Losses: Min, Phi, Sea

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

8-5

4-0

6-3

LAR

at Dal

Az

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-17 (.564)

(9-4)

(7-6)

(6-7)

Wins: Az, LAR, Phi; Losses: Atl, GB

ARIZONA CARDINALS

6-7

2-3

3-6

at Was

NYG

at Sea

Remaining Strength of Schedule: 15-24 (.385)

(5-8)

(2-11)

(8-5)

Losses: Dal, Det, LAR (2), Phi, Sea

* Clinched division title

Statistical highlights from Week 14 in the NFL

Steelers quarterback BEN  ROETHLISBERGER completed 44 of 66 passes (66.7 percent) for 506 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.7 passer rating in the Steelers’ 39-38 win over Baltimore in Week 14.

Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards three times in his career, having also accomplished the feat on October 26, 2014 (522 yards vs. Indianapolis) and December 20, 2009 (503 vs. Green Bay). New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES is the only other player with multiple career 500-yard passing games.

Steelers wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 11 receptions for 213 yards and running back LE’VEON BELL had 125 scrimmage yards (77 receiving, 48 rushing) with three touchdowns in Week 14. Bell, who leads the league with 1,684 scrimmage yards, and Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards, are the first pair of teammates in NFL history with at least 1,500 scrimmage yards each through their team’s first 13 games of a season.

Brown has six games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards this season, tied for the second-most in a single season in NFL history. Only ANDRE JOHNSON (seven in 2008) had more such games in a season.

The players with the most games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES WITH 10+ CATCHES & 100+ REC. YARDS IN SINGLE SEASON

Andre Johnson

Houston

2008

7

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2017

 6*

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2012

6

Wes Welker

New England

2009

6

*Through Week 14

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PACKERS PERFORM UNDER PRESSUREGreen Bay wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had two touchdown catches – a one-yard score with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 25-yarder in overtime – in the Packers’ 27-21 win at Cleveland.

Adams became the fourth player in NFL history (including the postseason) to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime and the first since New England’s JAMES WHITE accomplished the feat in Super Bowl LI.

The players to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

Davante Adams

Green Bay

December 10, 2017

James White

New England

February 5, 2017*

Terrell Owens

San Francisco

October 14, 2001

Wesley Walker

New York Jets

September 21, 1986

*Super Bowl LI

The Packers, who won on a 20-yard touchdown run by rookie AARON JONES in overtime in Week 13, have won back-to-back games in overtime for the first time in team history. Green Bay has also joined the 2001 Chicago Bears as the only teams in NFL history to score an overtime touchdown in consecutive games.

TEAM

SEASON

WEEK

OVERTIME TD

WEEK

OVERTIME TD

Green Bay

2017

13

Aaron Jones 20-yard run

14

Davante Adams 25-yard catch

Chicago

2001

7

Mike Brown 33-yard INT return

8

Mike Brown 16-yard INT return

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RIVERS RUNS THROUGH DEFENSES: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.9 passer rating in the team’s 30-13 win over Washington last week.

Rivers, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 3,611 passing yards, has at least 3,500 passing yards in 10 consecutive seasons and joined PEYTON MANNING (13, 1998-2010) and DREW BREES (13, 2005-17) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

The quarterbacks with at least 3,500 passing yards in 10+ consecutive seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 3,500 PASS YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

1998-2010

13

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

2005-2017

 13*

Philip Rivers

San Diego/LA Chargers

2008-2017

 10*

*Active streak

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WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes to wide receivers PAUL RICHARDSON (61 yards) and TYLER LOCKETT (74 yards) in the Seahawks’ loss at Jacksonville in Week 14.

Wilson is the first quarterback with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes of at least 60 yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER connected with TORRY HOLT (85 yards) and ISAAC BRUCE (66) on September 24, 2000.

Wilson has 17 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season and surpassed ELI MANNING (15 in 2011) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

4TH QUARTER TD PASSES

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2017

17*

Eli Manning

New York Giants

2011

15

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2016

14

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville

2015

14

Peyton Manning

Denver

2013

14

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

2002

14

Johnny Unitas^

Baltimore Colts

1959

14

*Through Week 14

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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MAGNIFICENT MC COY: Buffalo running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 156 yards, including the game-winning 21-yard touchdown in overtime, in the Bill’s 13-7 win against Indianapolis last week.

McCoy, who has 10 career games with at least 150 rushing yards, joined Arizona’s ADRIAN PETERSON (19) as the only active players with at least 10 such games in their careers.

The active players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER GAMES WITH 150+ RUSH YARDS

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota, New Orleans, Arizona

19

LeSean McCoy

Philadelphia, Buffalo

10

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City, Denver

9

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CLUTCH KICKERPittsburgh kicker CHRIS BOSWELL converted the game-winning 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ Week 14 win over Baltimore.

Boswell, who made game-winning field goals as time expired in the fourth quarter in both Weeks 12 and 13, is the first kicker since the 1970 merger to make a game-winning field goal with under one minute remaining in the fourth quarter in three consecutive games.

Playoff scenarios for Week 15 in the NFL

AFC

​CLINCHED: Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-2) (vs. New England (10-3), Sunday)

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:​

  1. ​PIT win + JAX loss or tie​

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. PIT win  OR

  2. PIT tie + JAX loss

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) (at Pittsburgh (11-2), Sunday)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. NE win or tie  OR

  2. BUF loss or tie

New England clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. ​BAL loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (9-4) (vs. Houston (4-9), Sunday)

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. JAX win  OR

  2. JAX tie + BUF loss or tie  OR

  3. JAX tie + BAL loss or tie  OR

  4. BUF loss + BAL loss  OR

  5. BAL loss + KC-LAC game does not end in tie

NFC

CLINCHED: Philadelphia – NFC East division title

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (11-2) (at New York Giants (2-11), Sunday)

Philadelphia clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. PHI win + MIN loss

Philadelphia clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. ​PHI win  OR

  2. ​PHI tie + LAR loss or tie + NO loss or tie + CAR loss or tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-3) (vs. Cincinnati (5-8), Sunday)

Minnesota clinches NFC North division title with:​

  1. ​MIN win or tie  OR

  2. DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. SEA loss + ATL loss + NO loss  OR

  2. SEA loss + ATL loss + CAR loss  OR

  3. SEA loss + ATL loss + DET loss or tie  OR

  4. SEA loss + ATL tie + NO loss + DET loss or tie  OR

  5. SEA loss + ATL tie + NO loss + CAR loss

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-4) (at Seattle (8-5), Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. ​LAR win + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie + NO loss + ATL loss

Report: Eagles’ Carson Wentz may have torn ACL

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz may have a torn ACL in his left knee, and could miss the rest of the season.

Philadelphia beat the Rams 43-35 with Nick Foles as their QB. If Wentz’s ACL is torn, Foles will be the starting QB the rest of the season.

With the victory over the Rams, Philly clinches the NFC East. However, that means nothing with Wentz possibly out for the year.

What to look for in Week 14 of the NFL

TERRIFIC TURNAROUNDThe PHILADELPHIA EAGLES lead the NFC East and are tied for the best record in the NFL at 10-2. The Eagles, who finished in last place in the division with a 7-9 record in 2016, can clinch the NFC East on Sunday with a win at the Los Angeles Rams or a loss by Dallas.

It would mark the 14th season in the past 15 years that at least one team won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 44 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 21 of them have done so in the past 14 years (2003-16), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

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

2017

Philadelphia

10-2*

7-9

* Through Week 13

** Tied for last place

*** Won Super Bowl

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THE CLIMB CONTINUES: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 15,267 receiving yards in his 14-year career.

With 26 receiving yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Fitzgerald will surpass RANDY MOSS (15,292) for the third-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER RECEIVING YARDS

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

22,895

Terrell Owens

San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati

15,934

Randy Moss

Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco

15,292

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

15,267*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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CENTENNIAL BROWNPittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN leads the NFL with 88 receptions this season.

Brown, who plays against Baltimore on Sunday night, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 100 catches in five consecutive seasons. Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (1999-2002) is the only other player to accomplish the feat in four consecutive seasons.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

MOST CONSECUTIVE 100-CATCH SEASONS

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2013-16

4*

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1999-2002

4

*Has 88 catches through Week 13

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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SIXTH & SEVENTH SEASON SUCCESSESIndianapolis wide receiver T.Y. HILTON has 791 receiving yards and four touchdown catches this season.

Hilton, who plays at Buffalo on Sunday, can join GARY CLARK (1985-92) and RANDY MOSS (1998-2003) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 850 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of their first six seasons to start a career.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 850 receiving yards and five touchdown catches to begin their career:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 850+ REC. YARDS & 5+ TDS TO BEGIN CAREER

Gary Clark

Washington

1985-92

8

Randy Moss

Minnesota

1998-2003

6

T.Y. Hilton

Indianapolis

2012-16

5*

*Has 791 rec. yards and four TDs in sixth season

Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN ties for fifth in the AFC with 886 receiving yards. Green, who plays against Chicago on Sunday, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 950 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons. Green and RANDY MOSS are the only players to accomplish the feat in each of their first six NFL seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 950 receiving yards to begin their career:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 950+ REC. YARDS TO BEGIN CAREER

A.J. Green

Cincinnati

2011-16

6*

Randy Moss

Minnesota

1998-2003

6

*Has 886 rec. yards in seventh season

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ALL-PURPOSE ALL-STARSPittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL (1,559 scrimmage yards) and Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (1,502) rank first and second in the NFL in scrimmage yards.

Bell (1,057 rushing yards and 502 receiving yards) and Gurley (939 and 563) can become the seventh and eighth players in NFL history with at least 1,100 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in their team’s first 13 games of a season. They would become the first pair of players to accomplish the feat in the same season.

Bell can join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (1998 and 1999) as the only players to accomplish the feat twice. In 2014, Bell had 1,231 rushing yards and 693 receiving yards in the Steelers’ first 13 games of the season.

The players with 1,100+ rushing yards and 600+ receiving yards in their team’s first 13 games to start a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RUSH YARDS

REC. YARDS

Marshall Faulk^

Indianapolis

1998

1,113

823

Marshall Faulk^

St. Louis

1999

1,180

720

Priest Holmes

Kansas City

2002

1,454

650

Steven Jackson

St. Louis

2006

1,109

680

Brian Westbrook

Philadelphia

2007

1,110

642

Le’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh

2014

1,231

693

Le’Veon Bell*

Pittsburgh

2017

1,057

502

Todd Gurley*

LA Rams

2017

939

563

*Through 12 games

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

ELITE COMPANY: Since the start of November, New Orleans rookie running back ALVIN KAMARA leads the NFL with 720 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns. Kamara has eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards and scored at least one touchdown in each of his past five games.

On Thursday Night Football at Atlanta, Kamara can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer FRANCO HARRIS (six in 1972) for the second-longest streak of consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown by a rookie. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (10 in 1983) had a longer streak as a rookie.

The rookies with at least six consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards and a touchdown in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

ROOKIES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS & TD IN 6 CONSEC. GAMES

Eric Dickerson^

LA Rams

1983

10

Franco Harris^

Pittsburgh

1972

6

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans

2017

5*

*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Famer