Week 16 clarified the fact that numerous teams can be looked to as major contenders heading into this year’s NFL post-season. The Indianapolis Colts showed their vulnerabilities against a New York Jets squad still trying to earn their playoff spot. After Indianapolis pulled QB Peyton Manning with other notable starters, the Jets took over with 26 second half points.
The New Orleans Saints suffered their second consecutive loss in overtime to the 3-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals clinched their respective Divisions to solidify a first round home game for the playoffs. The Broncos, Texans, Ravens, Steelers and Jets are still fighting for the remaining two AFC slots with only one week to go. Week 16 scores are listed below.
Friday, December 25th, 2009
San Diego Chargers 42, Tennessee Titans 17 – Philip Rivers completed 21 passes for 264 yards and 2 TD’s as the defense harnessed Chris Johnson and the high power Titans offense.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
Atlanta Falcons 31, Buffalo Bills 3 – Atlanta was able to score 14 in the third quarter while holding the Falcons to just 3 points all game.
Cincinnati Bengals 17, Kansas City Chiefs 10 – Carson Palmer drove his men downfield for one last TD in the fourth to stay atop the AFC North Division at 10-5.
Cleveland Browns 23, Oakland Raiders 9 – The 4-11 Browns scored 17 in the first half to notch their third straight victory.
Green Bay Packers 48, Seattle Seahawks 10 – Aaron Rodgers threw for 237 yards and 1 TD from just 12 total completions.
Houston Texans 27, Miami Dolphins 20 – Houston was able to score all of their points in the first two blocks and hold the Dolphins off from there to win by 7.
New England Patriots 35, Jacksonville Jaguars 7 – Tom Brady from 26 attempts completed 23 passes for 267 yards and 4 TD’s to help the Patriots clinch the AFC East Division.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, New Orleans Saints 17 – Connor Barth sent in a 47 yard field goal to claim victory in OT against the heavily favored Saints.
Carolina Panthers 41, New York Giants 9 – Carolina posted 21 second quarter points en route to crushing the Giants by 32.
Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Baltimore Ravens 20 – The Steelers earned the go-ahead score with a fourth quarter field goal to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Arizona Cardinals 31, St Louis Rams 10 – Kurt Warner outdueled his former team with 24 passes completed for 313 yards and 2 TD’s.
San Francisco 49ers 20, Detroit Lions 6 – Frank Gore hit the 1,000 yard rushing mark as the 49ers continued on to handle the struggling Lions.
New York Jets 29, Indianapolis Colts 15 – The Jets took over in the third quarter when the Colts packed it in and benched their top players.
Philadelphia Eagles 30, Denver Broncos 30 – David Akers sent one through the uprights from 28 yards out with just 4 seconds remaining.
Dallas Cowboys 17, Washington Redskins 0 – The Cowboys defense shut out Redskins entirely as the offense collected 17 in total.
Monday, December 28th, 2009
Chicago Bears 36, Minnesota Vikings 30 – Jay Cutler connected with Devin Aromashodu for the go-ahead OT score to give Chicago their sixth win of the season.