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NFL Week 16: The Eagles receive an "A" to uphold the hopes of the playoffs. Dolphins get an "F"



If Eagles fans have learned everything in the last 12 months, it's like no one delivers anything like St. Nick in December.

With Philadelphia hoping for Houston in the postseason, Nick Foles led the Eagles on Sunday to a wild 32-30 success against the Texans. No one delivers a dramatic victory like Foles, and this game was no different. Whatever Magical Foles from 2017 has used has definitely translated to this season because he was in great shape when the Eagles needed him most.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson clearly believes in Foles and he has shown that in the game several times, starting with the first quarter when he decided to gamble and take a quarter of the Texans' 37-yard line ,

The result? A 37-yard touchdown pass from Foles to Darren Sproles.

Pederson loves to play the percentages, and he played them again in the second quarter when he decided to reach the fourth and one hit of the Texans' 1

-yard line. This was after Foles had already converted a quarter on the driveway, and what did he do this time?

St. Nick again delivered a fourth touchdown pass.

The Eagles' ability to finish in fourth place was an important reason why they won the game. Sometimes when you play the percentage on the fourth tee this can explode on your face but not if Foles is your quarterback. Overall, they converted 100 percent of their quarterfinal games against Houston (4 of 4). This was a big step for an Eagles team that scored only 50 percent of the season's fourth downs.

Of course, Foles' magic is not limited to fourth place. The Eagles quarterback also made some other big throws in the game, including an 83-yard touchdown pass for Nelson Agholor, who broke 16-16 in the third quarter.

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Despite the great game from Foles, the Eagles were almost there when the Texans came back from 29-16 behind and took the lead 30-29. Texan fans probably thought there were NO ways to deliver Foles again, but you know what he did.

In the final two minutes of the game, Foles led the Eagles on a 72-yard journey that ended with Jake Elliott, who kicked a field-winning goal from 35 yards away. Once again, St. Nick delivered. At this point, the NFC playoff teams are probably hoping the Eagles will not make it off the postseason. That's because Foles proved he has a bottomless reserve of magic in his right arm.

(Stream Saturdays and All Games This Sunday on FuboTV Free Trial and CBS Games on CBS All Access stream.) 19659017] Jacksonville 17-7 over Miami

Jaguars: B +

Sometimes the Jaguars defense plays so well that it does not matter who the quarterback is in Jacksonville, and this was one of those times. The Jaguars defense of 2018 finally played like the Jags defense of 2017. Not only did they stop the Dolphins below 200 yards – for the second time this season, they held a team under 200 yards after the 2017 team had done so Four times – but the defense also secured victory in the fourth quarter when Telvin Smith replaced Ryan Tannehill and returned him 33 yards for a touchdown. The Jags also plundered Tannehill three times, causing a mess in the third quarter.

Dolphins: F

Someone must have forgotten to tell the Dolphins' offense that Miami's season was at stake because they lost big time against Jacksonville. After the Dolphins attack scored a touchdown at the opening game, he did nothing for the rest of the game. The last nine possessions were in fact like this: punt, punt, missed field goal, punt, lost fumble, punt, punt interception, punt. The interception was particularly ugly because it was an ugly pick-six thrown by Tannehill in the fourth quarter, triggering victory for Jacksonville. At 183 meters, the dolphins were condemned for the third time in four games under 200 meters. The Dolphins lost despite impressive performance from a Miami defense that filled six sacks and insulted Jacksonville for just 10 points.

Philadelphia 32-30 over Houston

Texans: B-

Deshaun Watson almost gave his team a victory in this game, but Houston could not leave Philadelphia with a win because the Texans had no answers for Nick foles. The Texans gave up 519 yards of total attacks against the Eagles, which was the first time since 2015 that they had fired 500 or more yards. It was also the highest Yardage value Houston has given up since November 2012. The defense of the Texans seemed to be struggling when, most importantly, the Eagles converted 100 percent of their fourth downs (4-for-4) and 56.3 percent of their third downs (9-fo-16). As for Watson, he threw 339 yards and lost four touchdowns (two passers-by, two rushes).

Eagles: A-

The only thing more impressive than the performance of Nick Foles could have been the game of Zach Ertz. Although the Texans knew he would get the ball a lot, their defenses could do nothing to slow the narrow end of the Eagles. Ertz got 12 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns and now holds the record of each season for most receptions with a tight end. Ertz now has 113 catches in the season and thus broke the record of Jason Witten, who had 110 receptions in 2012. Overall, Darren Sproles hit the Eagles attack (32 Rushing, 76 Receiving) with 108 yards.

Minnesota 27-9 over Detroit

Vikings: A-

The Vikings had an ugly start in the first quarter with an attack of just four meters, but in the second quarter they were more than made up for in the first quarter last 92 seconds of the first half scored two touchdowns. Kirk Cousins ​​threw Stefon Diggs an 8-yard TD and left only 1:32 in the second quarter. When he combined a 44-yard Hail Mary with Kyle Rudolph, he made an even bigger game. These two touchdowns were more than enough hits for a Viking defense that eliminated the Lions in the second half and kept them 82 yards in the last two quarters of the game.

Lions: D-

Despite a veteran quarterback, the Lions offense seems to be getting worse every week. Before Matthew Stafford was drafted in the fourth quarter, he completed only 18 to 32 passes for 116 yards. Although the Lions jumped out with an early 9-0 lead in this game, the entire team seemed to be melting after the Vikings closed the first half with two touchdowns in the last 92 seconds. The Lions offense was so bad in the second half that they did not even reach the Viking area until less than a minute to play.

Dallas 27-20 over Tampa Bay

Buccaneers: C

The good news for the Buccaneers is that Jameis Winston does not seem to be throwing any more interceptions. The bad news is that he is still turning the ball over. Winston threw 336 yards, but fell into the shadows with two lost fumblings leading to two cowboys touchdowns. The two sales also overshadowed a Buccaneers defense, which gave a season low of 232 yards.

Cowboys: B

It is said that defending wins the championship, and everyone in Dallas probably believes that the cowboys watched after riding the defense to a division title on Sunday. The Cowboys needed a win over Tampa to win the NFC East, thanks to a defense that arose in the clutch. The Cowboys defense forced two Jameis Winston fudges, of which Jaylon Smith returned 69 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Cowboys defense also touched down in the third quarter as it fumbled on the Tampa 4-yard line. The cowboys also fired Winston three times.

Green Bay 44-38 over New York Jets (Overtime)

Packers: B +

Entering the game on Sunday, the packers were without victory (0-7) this year and Aaron Rodgers provided Green Bay did not finish the season with zero street profits. Rodgers almost alone led the Packers to victory in this game with 442 passing yards and four total touchdowns (two passes, two rushing). After the Packers lay between 35 and 23, Rodgers led three touchdown drives in the last six minutes of regulation and overtime. These three rides ended with Rodgers' two touchdowns and a 16-yard pass from Davante Adams who won the game in extra time. The packers were a total of 540 yards against the jets. This was her second highest total under Rodgers.

Jets: B

The Jets are unlikely to be pleased with the fact that they had a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, but they should be glad they definitely have their quarterback of the future. In a showdown with Aaron Rodgers, Sam Darnold claimed to throw 341 yards and three touchdowns. Although Jason Myers missed a field goal unusually, the Jets special teams made up for the second quarter when Andre Roberts scored a 99-yard kick-off. But that did not matter because the jets had no answer to Rodgers. The Packers' total 540 yards were the most jets abandoned since 1998.

Indianapolis 28-27 over New York Giants

Giants: B-

Eli Manning probably played his best game of the season, but most Giants fans will probably only remember the fact that he made their comeback Chances in the fourth quarter when he dropped the final offensive game of the Giants with an ugly interception. Prior to this election, Manning lit the Colts for 309 yards and a touchdown, and he did so on a day the Colts had shut down Saquon Barkley absolutely, holding the rookie only 43 yards on 21 Carry.

Colts: B

The Colts dug into an early 14-0 hole, but then Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton grabbed a shovel and dug it out. The luck was 355 meters long and two touchdowns, and most came when the Colts needed it most. With Indy (27-21) and less than four minutes left, Luck led the Colts on a playful ride that ended when he hit Chester Rogers with a one-yard score in just 55 seconds. Although Hilton has not scored a touchdown against the Giants, he has taken a lot of damage and captured seven passes for 138 yards.

Cleveland 26-18 via Cincinnati

Bengals: C-

The Bengals' special teams were deployed in Cleveland, but no one else really did. The Bengals converted a fake punt and blocked a Browns punt that built a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was a dark day for the Bengals, who in the first half had somehow passed NEGATIVE-15 net yards. Fittingly, this loss means that the Bengals are the last AFC North team to end the season, finishing for the first time in eight years since they finished in the departmental cellar.

Browns: B +

Baker Mayfield may not be a rookie of the year, but he's doing his best to make a late fall. The Browns offensive rolled against the Bengals and a big reason for that was Mayfield, who completed 27 of 37 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. At one point of the game, Mayfield completed 14 straight passes. Jarvis Landry also showed his quarterbacking skills with a wildly precise 63-yard pass to Breshad Perriman. Victory means the Browns will not finish last at AFC North. This is good news for a Cleveland team that has finished last for the past seven seasons.

Atlanta 24-10 over Carolina

Falcons: B +

It took 16 weeks, but the defense of the Falcons finally brought together their most impressive performance of the season. They not only forced four sales, but also limited the Panthers to just 10 points. This is the lowest amount a team has held in the entire season. Obviously, Matt Ryan was not perfect (15 out of 26), but he threw three different touch passes on three different receivers (Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones).

Panthers: C-

Taylor Heinicke made the first start of his career in this game and he's likely to want to burn the entire feature film of his performance. Heinicke threw three interceptions and the ugly part for the Panthers is that all three picks came into Atlanta's 30-yard line. This included a catch that Heinicke dropped from the Falcons' 4-yard line when Carolina threatened to score just before half-time. On the plus side, Heinicke Christian McCaffrey was able to make as many passes as possible. McCaffrey got 12 passes for 77 yards and added an additional 101 yards.

New England 24-12 over Buffalo

Bills: D

The Bills came into play on Sunday with one of football's best defending lines of defense, but that's likely to change after being throttled by the Patriots. Buffalo surrendered 273 yards on the ground and marked for the second time in five years that a team had stormed over 270 yards. Of course, not only was Bill's defense bad; Everyone seemed to be fighting for the bills. Josh Allen threw two interceptions, narrow end Jason Croom lost a fumble and Stephen Hauschka even missed a 43-yard field goal.

Patriots: B

Losing Josh Gordon could hurt the Patriots on the road, but it did not hurt New England in this game, and Bill Belichick decided to pull the ball through Buffalo's throat. The Patriots, led by Sony Michele, had a total length of 273 meters, which was the highest total number of teams ever with Tom Brady. The second highest sum under Belichick. The Patriots had four players over 35 yards before Rex Burkhead (39), James White (41) and Cordarrelle Patterson (66) joined Michele. It is good news that the Patriots running game worked because Brady was out. The quarterback of the Patriots threw two interceptions and ended at just 126 yards.

Chicago 14-9 over San Francisco

Bears: B-

The Bears do not receive any beauty markers for this victory, but Mitchell Trubisky could stand for his performance. With the playoffs around the corner Trubisky seems to get hot at the right time. The Bears quarterback threw only four incompleteness in a game in which he finished 25 of 29 for 246 yards and a touchdown. The defense of the Red Zone of the Bears was also great against the 49ers. Although San Francisco had entered the Bears' 15-yard line three times, the 49ers did not score touchdown.

49ers: B

The 49ers' defense provided the Bears with an impressive performance that included three sacks and two turnovers. The second revenue came with just under two minutes of playing time when Tarvarius Moore added some drama to the Bears receiver Allen Robinson. This turnover gave the 49ers another shot at a win, but Nick Mullens was no match for a defense of Bears that knocked him out almost every four quarters. Mullens threw 241 yards, but threw in the fourth quarter, an important interception, as the 49ers were on the 20-yard line from Chicago.

Los Angeles Rams 31-9 over Arizona

Rams: A

Todd Gurley did not play on Sunday, but that did not matter since the Rams had C.J. Anderson. If you did not even know that Anderson was playing for the Rams, do not be ashamed because it seems the Cardinals did not know either. After signing with the Rams on Tuesday, Anderson pulled off the Arizona defense for 167 yards and a touchdown to 20 carries. The Rams also got a solid game from Jared Goff, which had to be encouraging given his recent bouts. Goff overcame an early attempt to finish 19 of 24 for 216 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Aaron Donald continued his dominant season with three of the four bags of Rams.

Cardinals: D

What we learned from this game is that Larry Fitzgerald could be the best quarterback in the Cardinals list. In his final final, Fitzgerald David Johnson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass for Arizona's only touchdown, and Fitzgerald only got six passes for 53 yards.

New Orleans 31-28 over Steelers

Steelers: B

The last 10 minutes of this game could not have been catastrophic for the Steelers and possibly cost their season. During the fourth-quarter play, the Steelers lost two mistakes in the last ten minutes, including a mistake made by JuJu Smith-Schuster, who came 32 seconds before the end and the Steelers were able to crack the game. Mike Tomlin is also likely to regret the fact that he inexplicably claimed a fake punt from his own 42-yard line when he led 28-24 in the fourth quarter with just under four minutes remaining. The chaotic final minutes overshadowed a big game by Ben Roethlisberger (380 yards, three touchdowns) and Antonio Brown (14 catches, 185 yards, two touchdowns). Brown almost nearly saved the season when he was 19 yards behind with a quarter of an hour to go.

Saints: B +

The New Orleans offense turned into the Michael Thomas show on Sunday when the Saints receiver caught 11 passes for 109 yards. Thomas & # 39; s biggest catch came just a yard away when he caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees, giving the Saints a 31-28 lead and only 1:25 left. Although the Saints defense broke out against the Steelers for the better part of the three quarters, they came to grips with two big fourth-quarter sales. New Orleans also stopped the Steelers cold when Pittsburgh attempted a punk in fourth and fifth in the fourth quarter.

Seattle 38-31 over Kansas City

Chiefs: B-

The Chiefs have a huge hole in the playoffs and this hole is their defense. Although Patrick Mahome's big numbers (273 yards past, three touchdowns), it was not enough to overcome a defense from the Chiefs, who had given up 464 yards in Seattle, 210 of them on the floor. This was the first time since 2016, the Chiefs rushing to over 200 meters. The Chiefs also lost two fights, which should cost them 10 points. A Damien Williams fumble in the second quarter prepared the Seahawks for a simple 21-yard touchdown ride. Later in this quarter, Chris Conley had another possession. He fumbled just before half-time on a ride in which the Chiefs had moved into the Seahawks area. The Chiefs had the ball only for 24:58 in this game and are now under Andy Reid 2-9 all-time if they are less than 25 minutes in possession.

Seahawks: A +

The Seahawks had to play a nearly perfect game to defeat the Chiefs, and that's what they did. Russell Wilson might even have tuned into the MVP conversation with an impressive game in which he threw 271 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson also crashed for 57 yards. The Seahawks were also able to keep the attacks of the Chiefs from the field thanks to a ground attack at a height of 210 meters. Thanks to Chris Carson (116 yards, two touchdowns) Seattle had the ball for 35:02, compared with only 24:58 for the Chiefs. Although the Seahawks defense could not stop Patrick Mahomes, they had some big games and also forced the only two turnovers in the game. One such move was a forced fumble by Justin Coleman, who stopped the Chiefs from scoring points on the board just before halftime. With the win, the Seahawks have now reached a play-off berth and proved that they can play with any NFL team.


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