NFL Week 15: What we learned
Chargers 27, Broncos 20
In Denver, the Chargers upset the Broncos to win their second game and re-insert themselves into the AFC wild-card picture. Keenan Allen stood out for the Chargers, catching two touchdowns. Though they lost, Denver remains the top seed in the AFC and controls their own destiny.
Falcons 27, Redskins 26
In Atlanta, the Redskins' comeback attempt failed when Desmond Trufant broke up Kirk Cousins' pass on a two-point conversion attempt that would've taken the lead. Both teams are eliminated from the postseason, and are jockeying for draft position. Washington would currently be slated in the second position but they traded their pick to St. Louis for Robert Griffin III.
Bears 38, Browns 31
In Cleveland, the Bears rode a 21-7 fourth quarter to a comeback victory. Jay Cutler threw three touchdowns in his return to action, but surrendered two interceptions. Alshon Jeffery hauled in an impressive 45-yard touchdown on a floating jump ball in double coverage. The Bears remain tied atop the NFC North.
Colts 25, Texans 3
In Indianapolis, Andrew Luck and the Colts picked apart the terrible Texans who have lost a depressing 12-straight games after winning their first two. The Colts have already clinched the division, and with some help could earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Bills 27, Jaguars 20
In Jacksonville, E.J. Manuel accounted three touchdowns as he led the Bills to victory over the Jaguars. Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, and are in full evaluation mode for next season, making Manuel's play promising for next season.
Dolphins 24, Patriots 20
In Miami, the Dolphins halted Tom Brady and company's attempt at yet another comeback. Reserve safety Michael Thomas--recently acquired from the 49ers practice squad--sealed the game with an interception in the endzone. Miami moved into a tie for the final wild-card spot, though they do not hold the tiebreaker over Baltimore.
Vikings 48, Eagles 30
In Minneapolis, the Vikings pulled a huge upset by throttling Philly without Adrian Peterson. Matt Cassel and backup running back Matt Asiata each scored three touchdowns to down the Eagles, who remains atop the NFC East by one game.
Seahawks 23, Giants 0
In East Rutherford, the Seahawks intercepted five Eli Manning passes on the way to blanking the Giants. Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman each turned in two picks for the "Legion of Boom". Having already sewed up a playoff spot, Seattle increased their chances of attaining the #1 seed in the NFC.
49ers 33, Buccaneers 14
In Tampa, the 49ers earned their tenth win of the season behind staunch defense and an efficient passing game. They held the Buccaneers to just 183 total offensive yards, and Colin Kaepernick went 19-for-29 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. With an Arizona loss next week, the 49ers clinch a playoff birth.
Panthers 30, Jets 20
In Charlotte, Cam Newton and the Panthers soared past the Jets. The defense held Geno Smith to just 167 passing yards as they got their tenth win. Carolina is tied atop the NFC South but does not currently hold the tiebreaker over New Orleans.
Chiefs 56, Raiders 31
In Oakland, a wild game featured five touchdowns from Jamaal Charles and ended in a blowout win for the Chiefs, who clinched a playoff birth. Charles' four receiving touchdowns set an NFL record for running backs.
Packers 37, Cowboys 36
In Arlington, the Cowboys imploded and narrowly lost to the Packers due to poor defense and two fourth quarter interceptions. The Packers now control their own destiny in the NFC North. The Cowboys, however, lost a key opportunity to take control of the NFC East.
Rams 27, Saints 16
In St. Louis, the Rams handily defeated the Saints and provided the most surprising outcome of the week. the Rams' defense played well, picking off two passes and sacking Drew Brees four times. The Saints slipped back into a tie for first in the NFC South.
Cardinals 37, Titans 34 (OT)
In Nashville, the Cardinals blew a 34-17 lead with just six minutes left to send the game to overtime. Arizona prevailed in OT on a 41-yard Jay Feely field goal. They kept their playoff hopes alive, though they will likely need wins in each of their last two games.
Steelers 30, Bengals 20
In Pittsburgh, the Steelers jumped out to a 21-point first quarter lead and held on for the win behind Antonio Brown's two touchdowns. The Bengals missed an opportunity to move into the two seed in the AFC playoffs with the loss.
Ravens 18, Lions 16
In Detroit, Justin Tucker accounted for all of Baltimore's points, kicking six field goals to defeat the Lions. He gave them the lead on a 61-yard boot, and they sealed the victory seconds later with an interception. The Ravens moved into the lead for the final AFC wild-card position.