Cook’s season came to an end on Saturday afternoon thanks to a dominant defensive performance by the 49ers. San Francisco’s defensive line dominated the point of attack while their offense controlled the time of possesion, allowing Minnesota to run just 39 plays.
Bottling of Dalvin Cook was obviously a big part of the game plan and the Niners became one of the only teams with an answer to Cook this season, holding him to just 18 yards on 9 carries and 8 yards on 6 receptions.
Despite the disappointing end to the season, NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reported the Vikings will look to sign Cook to an extension this offseason:
Targeted frequently on Saturday, Rhodes didn’t turn in his best performance despite recording 6 tackles (4 solo) and a pass defended.
The former Pro Bowler has had a rough season overall, dealing with injury and not playing up to the “Rhodes Closed” level that we’re used to seeing from him. It’s entirely possibly that Rhodes may have played his last game for the Vikings on Saturday considering he turns 30 next year and commands quite a cap hit:
What are the #Vikings going to do with Xavier Rhodes this offseason? 13 mil cap hit for below average CB play isn't money well spent. They can cut him, but probably try and trade him, right?— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 12, 2020
If he does end up looking for a new team this offseason, a fully healthy former First-Team All-Pro corner will likely generate plenty of interest among NFL teams.
Without Chris Jones in the starting lineup the Chiefs would look to rotational players to step up in his place and Nnadi did just that. Kansas City mounted a historic comeback after being down 24-0, going on to win 51-31:
Yes, it’s tough for KC that Chris Jones is out. Folks who’ve watched this defense the last 8 weeks can tell you Khalen Saunders and Derrick Nnadi are both ready to step up.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 12, 2020
Nnadi anchored the center of the defensive line, recording 2 tackles (1 solo). And while his stats might not jump out at you, the second-year DT has been one of Kansas City’s most consistent players this year:
#Chiefs Best Players of 2019 (500+ snaps)— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) January 6, 2020
• WR Tyreek Hill
• TE Travis Kelce
• QB Patrick Mahomes
• OT Mitchell Schwartz
• OG Andrew Wylie
• DI Chris Jones
• S Tyrann Mathieu
• S Juan Thornhill
• CB Charvarius Ward
• DI Derrick Nnadi#ChiefsKingdom
A backup offensive lineman, Erving has contributed this year with injuries occuring along the line. Erving was a reserve on Saturday, but anyone that watched the broadcast saw Erving featured prominently, hyping up his teammates after plays. Backup or not, Erving is through to the AFC Championship all the same:
Johnson is another backup offensive lineman that has contributed a good amount for his team this season. His number was called as Houston’s starting right tackle left the game. In fact, the Texans scored their first touchdown right after Johnson came in:
The tide would soon turn, however, and the Texans squandered their 24 point lead.
Win or lose, after the game it was all love between former teammates:
Watson was a full-go in practice ahead of Seattle’s matchup with Green Bay and was active on game day:
Seahawks who didn’t practice: Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, George Fant, Ziggy Ansah— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) January 10, 2020
Limited: Joey Hunt, QJeff, Clowney, Tre, Marquise Blair
Full go: DK, Malik, JB, Cody Barton, J Reed, Jamarco Jones, Dekoda Watson pic.twitter.com/CM8NlRkOUX
However, he would not record any stats as the Seahawks’ comeback came up short in Lambeau.