Baltimore Ravens 26 - Atlanta Falcons 16
Falcons P Matt Bosher put out some quality work punting the ball, as he averaged 50.4 yards per punt, dropping 3 of 5 inside of the 20.
Denver Broncos 24 - Cincinnati Bengals 10
Bengals RB Mark Walton only received one carry in Sunday’s game, but he made the most of it by gaining 10 yards during a day where the Cincinnati offense struggled to move the ball against a talented Denver defense.
Los Angeles Rams 30 - Detroit Lions 16
Rams CB Sam Shields registered a tackle as a part of Rams defense that stifled the Lions on the way to clinching the NFC West on Sunday.
Arizona Cardinals 20 - Green Bay Packers 17
Packers TE Jimmy Graham had a strong outing despite dealing with an injured thumb all week. Graham reeled in a team-high 8 catches for 50 yards, but the Packers fell to the Cardinals, likely ending their playoff hopes this season.
Miami Dolphins 21 - Buffalo Bills 17
Dolphins RB Frank Gore rushed 8 times for 21 yards while adding a catch for 10 yards against the Bills. Earlier this week, the Miami Herald looked at another record in Gore’s crosshairs:
New York Giants 30 - Chicago 27
Giants LB Olivier Vernon had his best game of the season, terrorizing the Bears offense with 5 tackles, 2 sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Vernon balled out while raising awareness for Coats Disease with his cleats:
Giants DT RJ McIntosh recorded the first 2 tackles of his career after missing the majority of the season with a health issue.
Bears P Pat O’Donnell boomed 6 punts for a total of 303 yards with one punt finishing inside the 20.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen was able to make 1 catch for 13 yards before exiting the game with what appears to be a season-ending foot injury:
Jaguars DE Calais Campbell was busy in the Colts backfield, as he finished with 2 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass deflection in the shutout for the Jax defense.
Colts TE Erik Swoope caught his first pass in his first action since October after suffering a knee injury. DE Al-Quadin Muhammad registered 2 tackles in a solid day for the Colts defense, which held the Jaguars to only 6 points.
Houston Texans 29 - Cleveland Browns 13
Texans RB Lamar Miller propelled the offense with another 100-yard rushing effort, gaining 103 yards on 19 carries, while adding a catch for 12 yards.
The Browns had some offensive struggles against the Texans Sunday. TE David Njoku caught 3 balls for 8 yards, while Duke Johnson Jr caught 2 passes for 12 yards.
Tennessee Titans 26 - New York Jets 22
Jets TE Chris Herndon caught 2 passes for 31 yards in the losing effort.
Kansas City Chiefs 40 - Oakland Raiders 33
Chiefs DL Allen Bailey was all over the field Sunday as the Chiefs defense did just enough to hold off their division rivals. Bailey collected 7 tackles, .5 sacks, 1 tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
The Chargers used major contributions from 2 former Canes to help pull out a close victory over the Steelers. Early on WR Travis Benjamin took one of his 2 receptions to the house:
K Michael Badgley recovered from an early miss to hit the game-winning kick as time expired. It was an interesting series of events that involved Badgley attempting the final kick 3 times after fellow Cane and Steelers DB Artie Burns was called for offsides on all 3 plays:
Steelers DE Anthony Chickillo recorded a tackle in the losing effort.