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ProCanes NFL Recap: Week 15

Several former Canes helped their teams clinch playoff berths or put their teams in better position as the NFL season nears the finish line

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears 24 - Green Bay Packers 17

The Bears clinched the NFC North with their 10th win of the season, meaning P Pat O’Donnell and S Deon Bush will both make their first trips to the postseason. O’Donnell took care of business in the kicking game, totaling 177 yards on 4 punts, dropping 2 inside the 20. Bush was credited with a tackle in spot duty for the Bears elite defense.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Deon Bush is headed to the playoffs
Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Packers TE Jimmy Graham caught 3 passes for 32 yards, but Green Bay was unable to complete another comeback against Chicago.

Atlanta Falcons 40 - Arizona Cardinals 14

Falcons P Matt Bosher booted 6 punts for 266 yards as the Falcons snapped their 5-game losing streak.

Indianapolis Colts 23 - Dallas Cowboys 0

Cowboys WR Allen Hurns caught 1 pass for 9 yards as Dallas failed to put points on the board for the first time since 2003.

Minnesota Vikings 41 - Miami Dolphins 17

Dolphins RB Frank Gore carried the ball 5 times for 14 yards before leaving the game in the first quarter with a sprained foot. He would leave the stadium with a walking boot on his left foot, which could put his NFL-leading streak of 122 consecutive starts in jeopardy.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings
Frank Gore left Sunday’s game in the first quarter, and his timetable for return is unknown.
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Cincinnati Bengals 30 - Oakland Raiders 16

Bengals RB Mark Walton didn’t receive any carries or offensive snaps, but he still made his presence known on special teams with 2 tackles.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Mark Walton has found a niche in his rookie season as a special teams contributor
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans 17 - New York Giants 0

Giants DL Olivier Vernon and RJ McIntosh registered 3 and 1 tackles respectively in the losing effort.

Washington Redskins 16 - Jacksonville Jaguars 13

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell led a solid defensive effort with 7 tackles, a sack and 2 tackles for loss, but Jacksonville came up short as the Redskins converted a field goal as time expired.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite another strong performance, Calais Campbell and the Jaguars lost their 10th game of the season.
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Los Angeles Chargers 29 - Kansas City Chiefs 28

Chargers WR Travis Benjamin made 2 key catches for 57 yards while adding an 8-yard rush as the Chargers upset the #1 seed in the AFC. The team website wrote about Benjamin’s impact on the game:

Travis Benjamin’s Heroics Save the Bolts -

K Michael Badgley converted all 3 of his extra-points, and S Rayshawn Jenkins registered a tackle for the Chargers.

Chiefs DT Allen Bailey collected 3 tackles as Kansas City suffered its 3rd loss of the season.

Houston Texans 29 - New York Jets 22

Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed 3 times for 8 yards on the opening drive before having to leave the game due to an ankle injury. Head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that the injury did not appear to be severe.

Jets TE Chris Herndon caught 3 passes for 53 yards in the losing effort.

NFL: New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
Rookie TE Chris Herndon has season totals of 35 receptions, 465 yards and 3 touchdowns
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns 17 - Denver Broncos 16

Browns RB Duke Johnson Jr finished with 8 touches for 53 yards, and TE David Njoku caught 3 passes for 30 yards as the Browns pulled out their 6th win of the season, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos
Duke Johnson Jr and the Browns continue to turnaround the franchise’s recent run of futility
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers 17 - New England Patriots 10

Steelers DE Anthony Chickillo and CB Artie Burns contributed 3 and 2 tackles respectively as the Steelers held the defending AFC Champs to only 10 points.

NFL: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
Anthony Chickillo has become a regular part of the Steelers defensive line rotation
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