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Week 17 NFL playoff picture: Two spots still up for grabs in the NFC

When Week 16 began, no NFC teams had clinched spots in the postseason.By the time it was over, five of the seven tickets had been punched and three of the divisions were decided. Only the NFC West remains in play and the Rams now have the inside track on a home playoff game in the [more]

Falcons escape with 20-16 win over Lions

The Lions are not a good football team, but they’re competing down the stretch.Today in Atlanta they came up just short in a 20-16 loss that dropped Detroit’s record to 2-12-1, while the Falcons stayed alive in the playoff race by improving to 7-8.The game went down to the final minute, when Lions quarterback Tim [more]

Cordarrelle Patterson scores touchdown on fourth down run

It’s Revenge of the Nerds day in the NFL today, as several teams have successfully converted fourth downs in exactly the way the analytics nerds have been telling them to for years.The latest to do so was the Falcons, who eschewed a field goal on fourth-and-1 and got a five-yard touchdown run from Cordarrelle Patterson [more]

NFL Week 16 early inactives: Derwin James active, David Johnson inactive in Houston

Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.Safety Derwin James was listed as questionable to play for the Chargers on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, but they will not have to worry about replacing him in the lineup in [more]

NFL Week 16 injury report roundup: Derwin James questionable for Chargers

Week 16 of the 2021 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Titans and it continues with two games on Saturday and 12 more on Sunday. The injury reports for the 28 teams taking part in those games are listed below.The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury [more]

D’Andre Swift questionable for Lions-Falcons on Sunday

Though they’re unlikely to have quarterback Jared Goff on Sunday, the Lions may get back one of their key offensive weapons for the matchup with the Falcons.Running back D’Andre Swift is questionable with his shoulder injury after he was limited in practice for all three days this week.Swift has been out since suffering the injury [more]

Jared Goff “highly unlikely” to play against Falcons

Quarterback Jared Goff helped pilot the Lions to an improbable, dominant victory over the Cardinals last week. But it’s looking like he won’t be on the field for an encore in Week 16.According to multiple reporters, head coach Dan Campbell said Friday that it’s “highly unlikely” Goff will play against the Falcons this weekend after [more]

Julio Jones has been a disappointment for the Titans, so far

One of the more intriguing moves of the 2021 offseason happened when the Titans sent a 2022 second-round pick to the Falcons for veteran receiver Julio Jones in June. Through 14 games, it hasn’t worked the way Tennessee had hoped.Jones has appeared in only eight games. He has a mere 25 catches for 369 yards [more]

Falcons place Marlon Davidson on COVID-19 reserve list

The Falcons placed defensive lineman Marlon Davidson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Thursday.Davidson missed’ Sunday’s game with what was reported as a non-COVID-illness. Coach Arthur Smith said Monday that Davidson “tried to go” but couldn’t.Linebacker Deion Jones returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session with an illness. Defensive lineman Tyeler Davison remained [more]

NFL announces Pro Bowl team, and Kyler Murray beats out Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford made only one Pro Bowl in his 12 years in Detroit. He continues to wait for his second Pro Bowl nod, which seemed like a lock in his first season with the Rams.Players, coaches and fans selected Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray over Stafford, even though Murray missed three games this season. The NFL [more]

Week 16 NFL playoff picture: Getting tight in the NFC West

When the Rams lost to the Packers in Week 12, it looked like the Cardinals might cruise to an NFC West title but things have changed quickly in the NFC West.The Cardinals have dropped two straight games, including a Week 14 matchup with the Rams, and Los Angeles has a three-game winning streak after toppling [more]

Kyle Pitts has a chance at breaking Mike Ditka’s record for receiving yards by a rookie tight end

Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has a chance to break a 60-year-old NFL record in the final three weeks of the season.That record is the most receiving yards by a rookie tight end in a season, set by Chicago’s Mike Ditka in 1961. Ditka set the record with 1,076 receiving yards in 1961, and no [more]

Jared Goff “feeling good” after testing positive for COVID-19

Quarterback Jared Goff helped pilot one of the biggest upsets of the season on Sunday when the Lions defeated the Cardinals 30-12.Now he might miss Detroit’s Week 16 matchup with Atlanta after testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday.In an interview with 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday, Goff said he’s feeling OK and trying to stay [more]

Arthur Smith on 0-5 home record: We’ve got to do something to change that narrative

The Falcons have experienced an up-and-down year for their first season under head coach Arthur Smith.Technically the club is still in a position to possibly make the postseason at 6-8, with games against the Lions, Bills, and Saints still on their schedule.But one oddity of the team’s season is that Atlanta hasn’t won at Mercedes-Benz [more]

Lions place Jared Goff on COVID-19 list

On Sunday, quarterback Jared Goff played arguably his best game with the Lions — leading the team to a big 30-12 upset over the Cardinals.Now he may miss Detroit’s next game.Goff has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced on Monday.The new COVID-19 protocols have changed when vaccinated players are eligible to return. [more]

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