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ProCanes NFL Recap: Week 17

Dorsett returns to the field and the endzone, Miller helps the Texans finish off the division, and Vernon tries to leave a lasting impression. Catch up with all your ProCanes news here.

NFL: New York Jets at New England Patriots David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions 31 - Green Bay Packers 0

Packers TE Jimmy Graham played through a broken thumb and hauled in 3 catches for 21 yards. Graham’s first year in Green Bay ends with 55 receptions for 636 yards and 2 touchdowns.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers
Jimmy Graham found the endzone only twice all season as the Packers finished with a 6-9-1 record.
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Dallas Cowboys 36 - New York Giants 35

Cowboys WR Allen Hurns only recorded one catch yesterday, but it was a big one for 49 yards to set up a fourth quarter touchdown.

Giants LB Olivier Vernon capped off his season with a big game, registering 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. The 7-year vet finished 2018 with 7 sacks in 11 games.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Despite finishing 2018 on a high note, it’s unclear whether Olivier Vernon will return with the Giants in 2019.
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Atlanta Falcons 34 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32

Falcons P Matt Bosher helped Atlanta win the field position battle by just enough to pull out the 2-point victory. Bosher averaged 49 yards per punt over his 5 punts, pushing the Bucs back inside their own 20 twice.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While Bosher didn’t lay any lumber this week, he did have a successful day punting and held the game-winning field goal.
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Houston Texans 20 - Jacksonville Jaguars 3

Texans RB Lamar Miller returned from injury and made an immediate impact, rushing for 56 yards and this touchdown:

Miller finished the 2018 season with 973 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Texans win the AFC South and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell made his case for he was wrongly left off the pro bowl roster with a 7 tackle, 1.5 sack and 1 tackle for loss performance. Campbell is still one of the premier defensive linemen in the NFL, even in his 11th season where he collected 72 tackles, and 10.5 sacks. One writer makes the case for the Jaguars defensive leader to be back for 2019:

Jaguars’ Calais Campbell has to be back in 2019 -- at any price - ESPN

Los Angeles Chargers 23 - Denver Broncos 9

Chargers K Michael Badgley continued his consistent season by making all 3 of his extra point attempts. The rookie finished the 2018 season 15/16 on field goals and 27/28 on extra points. S Rayshawn Jenkins took advantage of some extended playing time and came away with 7 tackles and a tackle for loss. WR Travis Benjamin had one carry for 11 yards in the Chargers victory.

Kansas City Chiefs 35 - Oakland Raiders 3

Chiefs DE Allen Bailey collected 3 tackles and a forced fumble in his final game of the season as Kansas City wrapped up the top seed in the AFC with their 12th win of the season.

New England Patriots 38 - New York Jets 3

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett made more of an impact in his second week back from injury, filling in the space left by suspended WR Josh Gordon. Dorsett had 2 rushes for 16 yards, and 5 catches for 34 yards, including this beauty of a catch:

Jets TE Chris Herndon had a quiet day, pulling in only one catch for 8 yards, but nonetheless had a quality rookie season, finishing with 502 yards and 4 touchdowns.

NFL: New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
Rookie Chris Herndon has provided plenty of highlights for a young Jets squad.
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Chicago Bears 24 Minnesota Vikings 10

Bears P Pat O’Donnell punted 4 times for 175 yards, with 2 dropping inside the 20 as the Bears wrapped up their 12th win of the season and the #3 seed in the NFC.

Pittsburgh Steelers 16 - Cincinnati Bengals 13

Steelers DE Anthony Chickillo had one of his best performances of the season, with 3 tackles and .5 sacks.

Baltimore Ravens 26 - Cleveland Browns 24

Browns TE David Njoku hauled in 3 balls for 62 yards, including this difficult grab over a defender:

Can’t-Miss Play: Njoku beats Humphrey for EPIC 42-yard jump-ball catch -

The TE also showed some support for the Canes new hire at head coach:

Njoku finishes the 2018 season with 56 catches for 639 yards and 4 touchdowns. RB Duke Johnson carried the ball 4 times for 21 yards and added a 3-yard reception.

Indianapolis Colts 33 - Tennessee Titans 17

Colts DE Al-Quadin Muhammad put together a quality performance to close out the season with 3 tackles for the Indianapolis defense, who wrapped up the final playoff spot in the AFC with the win.

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