The fallout from losses by the Browns, Eagles and Raiders


A lot of really wild things happened across the first three days of the NFL’s Week 16. Saints running back Alvin Kamara started things off Friday by running for six touchdowns in what might have been the most clutch fantasy performance in football history. The Lions showed up Saturday against the Bucs missing most of their coaching staff and answered the question of what it might look like if Twitter got to call plays for a game. (It didn’t go well.)

Sunday saw Aaron Rodgers move ahead of Patrick Mahomes in the MVP race, Mitchell Trubisky continue his second-half surge and the NFC East get even more complicated. Eighteen teams are still in the playoff hunt with one week to go, including 11 that haven’t yet locked up their berth. A 6-10 team could win its division in the NFC, and an 11-5 team could miss the playoffs altogether in the AFC.

I wrote about six of the fascinating moments from Week 16 and what they mean for the rest of the season. Let’s start with the thrilling ending from Saturday night, when the Dolphins knocked the Raiders out of the playoff race.

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The Dolphins’ stunning comeback
The Cardinals’ devastating collapse
The Rams’ offense’s dud in Seattle
The Browns’ awful offense in New Jersey
The Steelers’ shocking comeback
The Eagles’ disastrous day (again)

The Dolphins came back twice in the final three minutes to beat the Raiders.

The final game of the Saturday slate wasn’t all that exciting for most of the evening. Miami and Las Vegas were mostly content to punt and kick their way through a quiet evening until midway through the fourth quarter, when Dolphins coach Brian Flores decided to spark his offense by inserting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The veteran immediately led a scoring drive to set up a tying field goal.





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