Chances are you saw a majority of the sixteen games played on Sunday in the NFL?s Week Seventeen, but there is no need to worry if you weren?t watching all the action. RealGM is here to help summarize all that went down as NFL teams took the field in the final weekend of the regular season
We will also calculate each team?s Trench Counter*.
Oakland 31, Tampa Bay 24
Team Trench Counter: Raiders +7.1, Buccaneers -7.1
The Raiders (5-11) shocked the Buccaneers (9-7) at Raymond James Stadium to keep Tampa Bay out of the postseason. JaMarcus Russell went 14-for-21 with 148 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Oakland scored 17 points in the fourth quarter on the strength of 27 rushes for 177 yards and two touchdowns from running back Michael Bush. Johnnie Lee Higgins (six receptions for 52 yards) and Chaz Schilens (three catches and 46 yards) both caught touchdown passes.
Jeff Garcia went 17-for-33 with 257 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the must-win game. Cadillac Williams came to play with 78 yards and two touchdowns on 12 rushes, but the Buccaneers? defense collapsed down the stretch. Mark Clayton led Tampa Bay in receiving with two catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, while Antonio Bryant had three receptions for 77 yards.
Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 0
Team Trench Counter: Steelers +21.3, Browns -21.3
The Steelers (12-4) enter the postseason on a high note after defeating the Browns (4-12), but have to be worried about Ben Roethlisberger, who was carted off the field in the second quarter with a concussion. Roethlisberger went 9-for-14 with 110 yards and an interception before suffering the injury, and Byron Leftwich came on to record 80 yards on 7-for-12 passing. Willie Parker excelled with 116 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while Gary Russell and Leftwich added rushing scores. Tyrone Carter put the cherry on top for Pittsburgh, returning an interception 32 yards in the fourth quarter.
Bruce Gradkowski went 5-for-16 with 18 yards and two interceptions, as the Browns managed just 126 total net yards. Jamal Lewis was the lone star for Cleveland, rushing 23 times for 94 yards against the stiff Pittsburgh defense. Lewis, who entered the game with 908 yards for the season, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight year.
Carolina 33, New Orleans 31
Team Trench Counter: Panthers +18.9, Saints -18.9
John Kasay kicked a 42-yard field goal with one second left in regulation to give the Panthers (12-4) a win over the Saints (8-8) and the NFC South title. Jake Delhomme went 14-for-20 with 250 yards and a touchdown, while DeAngelo Williams (178 yards) and Jonathan Stewart (56 yards and a touchdown) dominated on the ground. Dante Wesley returned a fumble 12 yards in the second quarter to help Carolina build an early lead.
New Orleans scored 21 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to take a 31-30 lead, but the Panthers marched more than fifty yards downfield to get into field goal range in the final moments. Drew Brees went 30-for-49 with 386 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Deuce McAllister led the team in rushing with 40 yards on eight attempts, while Brees fell short of Dan Marino?s single-season yardage record in the loss.
Minnesota 20, N.Y. Giants 19
Team Trench Counter: Vikings -0.4, Giants +0.4
Ryan Longwell hit a 50-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings (10-6) a close win over the defending-champion Giants (12-4). The victory also locked up the NFC North title for Minnesota. Tarvaris Jackson went 16-for-26 with 239 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Adrian Peterson rushed 21 times for 103 yards and a touchdown, while Bobby Wade (four receptions for 98 yards) and Bernard Berrian (81 yards and a touchdown) connected multiple times with Jackson.
Tom Coughlin took a majority of his stars out in the second half, but New York still played tough. Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 119 yards, and David Carr backed up him with 110 yards and a touchdown on 8-for-11 passing. Derrick Ward joined teammate Brandon Jacobs, who was inactive, in the 1,000-yard club with 77 yards on 15 carries. Domenik Hixon led the Giants in receiving with four receptions for 62 yards and a score. Ward and Jacobs are just the fourth pair of running backs to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same season.
Indianapolis 23, Tennessee 20
Team Trench Counter: Colts +16.9, Titans -16.9
The Colts (12-4) remained hot with a dominating win over the Titans (13-3) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Peyton Manning went 7-for-7 with 95 yards and a touchdown to surpass the 4,000-yard mark before giving way to Jim Sorgi. The backup went 22-for-30 with 178 yards, while Lance Ball handled a majority of the rushing duties with 83 yards on 13 attempts. The victory was the eighth consecutive for Indianapolis.
Vince Young was behind center for most of the game for the Titans, going 9-for-13 with 55 yards. Tennessee rested Chris Johnson, while LenDale White had 25 yards on seven attempts. The Indianapolis defense limited the Titans to just 125 total net yards. These two teams share the AFC South, and while Tennessee may have won the division crown, Indianapolis is the much hotter team heading into the postseason.
Houston 31, Chicago 24
Team Trench Counter: Texans +1.4, Bears -1.4
The Texans (8-8) played spoiler, beating the Bears (9-7) to keep Chicago out of the NFC playoffs. Matt Schaub went 27-for-36 with 328 yards and two touchdowns, while Steve Slaton (92 yards and a touchdown) and Ryan Moats (38 yards and a score) helped Houston control the field-position battle. Andre Johnson, the NFL?s premier receiver this season, finished the game with ten receptions for 148 yards and two scores, which came within minutes of eachother in the first half.
Kyle Orton went 22-for-37 with 244 yards and two touchdowns, but after jumping out to a 10-0 lead they lost all momentum in the second quarter. Rookie Matt Forte had one of his least-productive games of the season, rushing for just 50 yards on 13 carries. Devin Hester led Chicago in receiving with 85 yards on six receptions.
Green Bay 31, Detroit 21
Team Trench Counter: Packers +19.2, Lions -19.2
The Lions (0-16) are the first team to finish a 16-game NFL season without a single victory after falling at the hands of the Packers (6-10) in their season finale. Aaron Rodgers helped put Detroit in the history books with 308 yards and three touchdowns on 21-for-31 passing. Ryan Grant and DeShawn Wynn combined to rush for 212 yards and a touchdown in the win, while Donald Driver (six receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown) and Greg Jennings (five catches for 101 yards) hooked up with Rodgers often.
Dan Orlovsky went 22-for-42 with 225 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. Rookie Kevin Smith ran 28 times for 92 yards and a score, but the Detroit defense stumbled down the stretch. Green Bay scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, which sealed the Lions? fate. Calvin Johnson, the only bright spot for the team all season, had nine receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers.
Cincinnati 16, Kansas City 6
Team Trench Counter: Bengals +14. Chiefs -14
Cedric Benson led the Bengals (4-11-1) to a season-ending win over the Chiefs (2-14) on Sunday with 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 attempts. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 18-for-30 with 129 passing yards, while adding 29 yards on seven scrambles. Rookie wide receiver Andre Caldwell had 83 total yards, and Chad ?Ocho Cinco? Johnson sat out the game.
Tyler Thigpen went 19-for-36 with 191 yards and a touchdown, while Larry Johnson managed just 18 yards on ten carries. Dwayne Bowe led Kansas City in receiving with ten receptions for 103 yards, while Tony Gonzalez caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati finished the season with three consecutive wins to help rebound from an 0-8 start.
New England 13, Buffalo 0
Team Trench Counter: Patriots +11, Bills -11
The Patriots (11-5) kept their playoff hopes alive momentarily with a terrific defensive effort against the Bills (7-9) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Matt Cassel went 6-for-8 with 78 passing yards in intense wind, while Sammy Morris tallied 85 yards on 24 carries and LaMont Jordan contributed 64 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches. Thirteen points was all New England needed thanks to both the weather and their defense.
Trent Edwards went 14-for-25 with 128 yards, and Fred Jackson dominated on the ground with 136 yards on 27 carries. Marshawn Lynch did not play. Buffalo managed more total net yards than New England (276 to 241), but went 0-for-2 on fourth down and missed a field goal. A fumble by Edwards near midfield in the third quarter stalled an important Bills? drive with the Patriots holding just a 3-0 lead.
Atlanta 31, St. Louis 27
Team Trench Counter: Falcons -2.8, Rams +2.8
The playoff-bound Falcons (11-5) capped off their improbable season with a closer-than-expected win over the Rams (2-14) on Sunday. Matt Ryan went 10-for-21 with 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Michael Turner starred for Atlanta, rushing for 208 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Jerious Norwood scored twice and tallied 56 yards on just three carries, in one of the most efficient performances in the NFL this season.
Marc Bulger turned in a respectable performance, going 19-for-32 with 230 yards and a touchdown. Steven Jackson excelled on the ground, tallying 161 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. The performance allowed Jackson to surpass the 1,000-yard mark this season, a goal that didn?t seem possible when he missed four games earlier this year.
San Francisco 27, Washington 24
Team Trench Counter: 49ers +7.7, Redskins -7.7
Joe Nedney kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired to help the 49ers (7-9) defeat the Redskins (8-8) at Candlestick Park. Shaun Hill went 21-for-30 with 245 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Frank Gore rushed for 58 yards on 11 carries, and DeShaun Foster added 44 yards and a touchdown on nine rushes. Josh Morgan led San Francisco in receiving with three receptions for 50 yards.
Jason Campbell went 18-for-30 with 156 yards and a touchdown in the season-ending loss, while Clinton Portis tallied 80 yards and a score in defeat. Campbell scrambled four times for 39 yards and a touchdown, while Santana Moss hauled in six balls for 68 yards. Portis lost a fumble, which stalled an important Washington drive. The 49ers rallied to win, outscoring the Redskins 13-7 in the fourth quarter.
Arizona 34, Seattle 21
Team Trench Counter: Cardinals +12.6, Seahawks -12.6
The Cardinals (9-7) entered the postseason on a high note with a win over the Seahawks (4-12). Kurt Warner went 19-for-30 with 263 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Edgerrin James, who earlier this season was frustrated with his role, tallied 100 yards on fourteen carries. Larry Fitzgerald had five receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns, while Steve Breaston added 5 catches for 91 yards and a score.
Seneca Wallace turned in another respectable performance, going 24-for-43 with 250 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. However, Seattle?s running game stalled against Arizona. Maurice Morris had just 45 yards on 15 carries. Deion Branch led the team in receiving with six catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Philadelphia 44, Dallas 6
Team Trench Counter: Eagles +17.1, Cowboys -17.1
The Eagles (9-6-1) beat the Cowboys (9-7) to secure the NFC?s final playoff berth on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Thanks to losses by the Bears and Buccaneers earlier in the day, Philadelphia was able to sneak in. Donovan McNabb went 12-for-21 with 175 yards and three total touchdowns, while the Eagles? defense absolutely dominated the Dallas offense. Philadelphia recorded four sacks, four fumble recoveries (two for scores) and an interception in the victory.
Tony Romo did nothing to erase his poor reputation in important games, going 21-for-39 with 183 yards, an interception and two lost fumbles. Tashard Choice ran 13 times for 56 yards, while Marion Barber tallied 13 yards on three touches. Terrell Owens had six receptions for 103 yards, and Jason Witten had 50 yards on seven catches. The Eagles outscored the Cowboys 41-0 over the second and third quarters.
Miami 24, N.Y. Jets 17
Team Trench Counter: Dolphins +10.3, Jets -10.3
The Dolphins (11-5) grabbed the AFC East title with a win over the Jets (9-7) on Sunday at Giants Stadium. Chad Pennington stuck it to his old team, going 22-for-30 with 200 yards and two touchdowns, while Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined to rush for 107 yards on 21 carries. Ted Ginn Jr. had two receptions for 71 yards and a score, while Miami?s defense befuddled Brett Favre and the Jets? offense.
Favre went 20-for-40 with 233 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, one of which was returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Miami?s Phillip Merling. Leon Washington rushed ten times for 60 yards and a score, while Thomas Jones struggled with 23 yards on ten attempts. Laveranues Coles led New York in receiving with four receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. The Jets lost four of their last fives games to fall out of the playoff picture.
Baltimore 27, Jacksonville 7
Team Trench Counter: Ravens +23.1, Jaguars -23.1
Joe Flacco led the Ravens (11-5) to a win over the Jaguars (5-11) to lock up the AFC?s final playoff spot. Flacco went 17-for-23 with 297 yards, while Le?Ron McClain (70 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries) and Willis McGahee (24 yards and a score on four touches) helped Baltimore dominate on the ground. Mark Clayton led the team in receiving with four receptions for 128 yards, while the Baltimore defense kept the Jacksonville from putting too many points on the board.
David Garrard went 14-for-25 with 127 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Maurice Jones-Drew rushed 23 times for 78 yards in a game that was meaningless for the Jaguars. Jones-Drew also lost a fumble, as the Ravens jumped out to a 24-7 lead heading into the half. Dennis Northcutt led the Jags in receiving with five receptions for 35 yards.
San Diego 52, Denver 21
Team Trench Counter: Chargers +10.9, Broncos -10.9
The Chargers (8-8) completed an improbable comeback on Sunday night in their win over the Broncos (8-8), winning the AFC West title after trailing by three games just weeks ago. Philip Rivers went 15-for-20 with 207 yards and two touchdowns, while LaDainian Tomlinson (96 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries) and Darren Sproles (115 yards and a score on 14 touches) dominated on the ground. San Diego scored at least ten points in each of the game's four quarters.
Jay Cutler went 33-for-49 with 316 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Tatum Bell ran well, posting 86 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. Denver was forced to throw the ball early and often after falling behind in the first half. The Broncos lost their last three games to allow the Chargers, who were 4-8 just four weeks ago, to sneak into the playoffs.
*Explaining The Trench Counter
Via RealGM Staff Report
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