Cardinals: FS Budda Baker nearly matched his season-high 13 tackles and added a half-sack as Arizona’s upset bid came up short vs the Rams. CB Byron Murphy had seven tackles and a pass deflected. LB Keishawn Bierria was active with Arizona for the first time but recorded no stats. Bierria played on special teams with the Broncos the first four weeks but had not played in a game since, having also spent time on Jacksonville’s practice squad.
Rams: SS Taylor Rapp exceeded his previous takeaway total coming in to the game, piling up an interception and a fumble recovery among six tackles as Los Angeles squeezed past Arizona. LB Cory Littleton had three tackles including a sack and also recovered a fumble. DT Greg Gaines and C Coleman Shelton played but had no stats.
Eagles: CB Sidney Jones made his second interception of the season while adding three pass breakups and three tackles as Philadelphia clinched the NFC East with a win over the Giants. TE Joshua Perkins had his second big day offensively in four weeks, hauling in four passes for 50 yards and this 29-yard strike from Carson Wentz.
You don't want your QB making throws across his body .... unless he's a special talent who can make throws at all levels of the field from across his body.— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) December 30, 2019
Silly throw from Carson Wentz to hit TE Josh Perkins for a TD #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/zjlheX00L2
Buccaneers: DT Vita Vea had three tackles and upped his season sack total to 2.5, powering past Falcons center Alex Mack for a takedown of Matt Ryan early in Tampa Bay’s overtime loss to Atlanta.
POWER! Vita Vea is something else. He initially tried to rip through Mack then decides brute strength is good enough as he just pushes him back into the pocket and EATS Ryan for the sack. pic.twitter.com/zeMFnHqV48— RealBucsTalk (@RealBucsTalk) December 30, 2019
Bengals: WR John Ross caught two passes for 42 yards as the Bengals earned just their second win of the season, knocking off Cleveland 33-23. Despite missing half of the season with injury, Ross finished with 506 receiving yards in 2019, more than doubling his total through his first two seasons (210).
Packers: CB Kevin King had three tackles and a pass defensed as Green Bay rallied to beat Detroit 23-20 and earn a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
Patriots: DT Danny Shelton had six tackles as New England was stunned at home by Miami, costing them a first-round bye.
Falcons: OT Kaleb McGary finished his up-and-down season on a down slide, struggling to protect Matt Ryan from Bucs’ DE Jason Pierre-Paul as the Falcons escaped in overtime.
Saints: RB Dwayne Washington had at least one carry for just the third time this season but had just two yards on two carries as New Orleans routed Carolina.
Ravens: CB Marcus Peters had one tackle as Baltimore cruised to an easy win over the rival Steelers.
Seahawks: LB Ben Burr-Kirven played on special teams but had no stats in Seattle’s loss to San Francisco.
- AFC #1 Ravens: CB Marcus Peters
- AFC #2 Chiefs: none
- AFC #3 Patriots: DT Danny Shelton
- AFC #4 Texans: G Senio Kelemete (on IR)
- AFC #5 Bills: none
- AFC #6 Titans: none
- NFC #1 49ers: WR Dante Pettis (rarely active)
- NFC #2 Packers: CB Kevin King
- NFC #3 Saints: RB Dwayne Washington
- NFC #4 Eagles: CB Sidney Jones, TE Joshua Perkins
- NFC #5 Seahawks: LB Ben Burr-Kirven, TE Will Dissly (on IR)
- NFC #6 Vikings: QB Jake Browning (practice squad)
- Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin (ankle) was injured late in week 16’s win over Cincinnati and was placed on injured reserve last Tuesday.
- Falcons CB Jordan Miller was issued a four-game suspension for the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs prior to week 17. Having served the first game of the suspension this week, Miller will be ineligible the first three regular-season games next year as well.