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’Noles in the NFL: week 17

Just four more weekends of football left.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons (34-32 win over Tampa Bay)

Devonta Freeman: (Injured Reserve)

Carolina Panthers (33-14 win over New Orleans)

K Graham Gano: (Inactive)

Chicago Bears (24-10 win over Minnesota)

NT Eddie Goldman: feasted in the trenches with three tackles (two solo) a sack, TFL and a QB hit.

Goldman’s Bears will face off against the Eagles next Saturday on Wildcard Weekend.

Cincinnati Bengals (16-13 loss to Pittsburgh)

WR Auden Tate: saw significant playing time with wide receivers A.J. Greene and Tyler Boyd out and another receiver, Cody Core, suffering a nasty arm injury early in the game. Despite the opportunity, Tate managed just one grab on three targets.

OT Bobby Hart: It was a rough day for Hart who was matched up against T.J. Watt. Hart gave up sack on QB Jeff Driskel that saw the ball stripped, fortunately Cincinnati was able to recover. However, the Pittsburgh defensive line frequently beat the Bengal’s O-line, getting to the quarterback four times on the evening.

WR Kermit Whitfield (practice squad)

Denver Broncos (23-9 loss to Los Angeles Chargers)

DE Demarcus Walker: (Inactive)

S Trey Marshall: didn’t record any stats.

Detroit Lions (31-0 win over Green Bay)

LB Christian Jones: recorded three solo tackles.

Houston Texans (20-3 win over Jacksonville)

OT Roderick Johnson (practice squad)

Jacksonville Jaguars (20-3 loss to Houston)

CB Jalen Ramsey: recorded five solo tackles and defended two passed in Jacksonville’s loss. Some of Ramsey’s toughest battles have come against Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has been arguably the best the league has to offer this year. Hopkins certainly got the better of Ramsey today, snatching 12 balls for 147-yards.

Ramsey acknowledged just how tough it is facing Hopkins twice a year:

LB Telvin Smith: led the team with 10 tackles (eight solo). Smith finishes the regular season fourth in the NFL with 134 tackles.

WR Rashad Greene: (Inactive)

Kansas City Chiefs (35-3 win over Oakland)

OT Cam Erving: after missing last week with an injury, Erving came off the bench in support this week as his team cruised over the Raiders and will have the luxury of a first round bye in the playoffs.

DT Derrick Nnadi: recorded one tackle.

WR Kelvin Benjamin: recorded one catch for nine yards.

LB Terrance Smith: (Injured Reserve)

Los Angeles Chargers (23-9 win over Denver)

S Derwin James: recorded six tackles (five solo) and will play in his first playoff game next weekend against the Ravens.

Los Angeles Rams (48-32 win over San Francisco)

S Lamarcus Joyner: missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. He will have time to get healthy as his team has secured a first round bye in the playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings (24-10 loss to Chicago)

CB Xavier Rhodes: was inactive with a groin injury.

RB Dalvin Cook: Cook was stifled by the Bears defense as they allowed him just 39-yards on 11 carries. Cook would provide another 21-yards receiving, but a flat performance by the Vikings in a must-win game saw their season end early.

Miami Dolphins (42-17 loss to Buffalo)

TE Nick O’Leary: didn’t record any stats.

New England Patriots (38-3 win over New York Jets)

TE Ryan Izzo: (Injured Reserve)

New Orleans Saints (33-14 loss to Carolina)

CB P.J. Williams: recorded one solo tackle

CB Patrick Robinson: (Injured Reserve)

OT Rick Leonard (practice squad)

New York Giants (36-35 loss to Dallas)

DE Mario Edwards Jr: (Inactive)

New York Jets (38-3 loss to New England)

S Terrance Brooks: didn’t record any stats.

Oakland Raiders (35-3 loss to Kansas City)

C Rodney Hudson: didn’t allow a single sack this season and Pro Football Focus ranks him as the best pass-blocking center in the league.

Hudson was awarded the Raiders’ Commitment to Excellence Award for the second straight year. The awarded is voted on by the players and given to the player that best exemplifies hard work, leadership, and excellence on and off the field.

Philadelphia Eagles (24-0 win over Washington)

LB Nigel Bradham: recorded four tackles (three solo) and defended two passes.

DT Timmy Jernigan: recoded a QB hit.

DE Josh Sweat: (Injured Reserve)

DB Ronald Darby: (Injured Reserve)

Pittsburgh Steelers (16-13 win over Cincinnati)

LB Vince Williams: (Inactive)

LB Matthew Thomas: (practice squad)

San Francisco 49ers

LB Dekoda Watson: (Injured Reserve)

Seattle Seahawks (27-24 win over Arizona)

K Sebastian Janikowski: made both his field goals, including the game-winner.

Janikowski also made all three of his extra points.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (34-32 loss to Atlanta)

QB Jameis Winston: had a great outing in a loss that guaranteed Tampa Bay would picking in the top-5 in this year’s draft. The fourth year quarterback was 22/35 for 345 yards and four touchdowns against one interception.

Winston dished his four touchdown passes to receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, who ended the day with two scores each:

Winston’s stellar performance came after it was reported prior to the game that the Bucs plan on bringing him back as the starting quarterback in 2019.

DB Javien Elliot: had a nice outing tallying five solo tackles and a QB hit.

LS Garrison Sanborn: handled long snapping duties.

WR Bobo Wilson: recorded just one catch for 16-yards, but continues to be a valuable weapon on special teams, particularly on kick returns. Wilson fielded three kicks for a total of 91-yards with a 31-yard long.

Washington Redskins (24-0 loss to Philadelphia)

RB Chris Thompson: ran the ball twice for 10-yards and caught five out of the backfield for an additional 14-yards.

K Dustin Hopkins: recorded no stats.