2022 NFL season, Week 17: What We Learned from Sunday's games – NFL.com

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Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Saturday’s action in Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:
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Grant Gordon’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Kenny Pickett was 6 of 9 for 67 yards and the game-winning touchdown when throwing on the run. He had a 55.4 passer rating and zero TDs on such passes from Weeks 1-16.
NFL Research: Kenny Pickett has three fourth-quarter comebacks this year, which is the most for a rookie QB since Gardner Minshew in 2019.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: The Packers blitzed on 8.1% of Kirk Cousins dropbacks (37% from Weeks 1-16, third in NFL) but generated pressure on 45.5% of them.
NFL Research: Justin Jefferson’s zero first-half catches marked the first game he hasn’t generated a reception in a first half since his first career game in Week 1, 2020, which was also against the Packers.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Jarrett Stidham found Davante Adams wide open downfield for a 60-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter; it was the first TD pass thrown off a scramble by a Raiders QB this season.
NFL Research: Jarrett Stidham threw for the most passing yards of any Raiders QB making their first career start, surpassing Todd Marinovich’s 243 yards in his first start against the Chiefs on Dec. 22, 1991.
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Bobby Kownack’s takeaways:
Next Gen sat of the game: Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa played 47.9% of defensive snaps in his first action since Week 3 and had no QB pressures on 10 pass rushes.
NFL Research: Austin Ekeler (103 receptions) became the fifth running back in NFL history with 100 catches in a season. He also joined Christian McCaffrey and LaDainian Tomlinson as the only RBs with 100-plus receptions and 15-plus TDs from scrimmage in a season.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Darrell Taylor set new career-high marks in quarterback pressures (six) and sacks (2.5) to go along with a turnover caused by pressure on 33 rushes Sunday.
NFL Research: With Sunday’s loss and elimination, the Jets have missed the playoffs in 12 straight seasons, the longest active drought in the NFL.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Colts QB Nick Foles was 0 of 3 passing with an interception on passes outside the numbers before leaving the game with injury.
NFL Research: Daniel Jones joined Charlie Conerly in 1948 as the only players in Giants franchise history with two-plus passing touchdowns and two-plus rush TDs in a game. Jones also tied Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen and Ryan Tannehill for the most such games among active players, with two each.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Justin Fields reached a top speed of 20.39 mph on his 60-yard scramble run, his ninth carry reaching 20-plus mph this season (most in a season of the NGS era).
NFL Research: Aidan Hutchinson recorded the third interception of his rookie season, tied for the most by any defensive lineman in a season in the Super Bowl era. Hutchinson is the only player with at least five sacks and three INTs in 2022.
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Bobby Kownack’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Jaguars running back Travis Etienne had plus-78 rushing yards over expected in the first half, the most for any full game this season.
NFL Research: The Jaguars’ 21-0 halftime lead was the team’s largest lead at halftime since Week 15, 2017 against the Texans, which was also the last time Jacksonville defeated Houston before Sunday.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
NFL Research: Mike Evans has recorded 1,000 or more receiving yards in nine straight seasons, tied with Tim Brown for the second-longest streak all time. Only Jerry Rice (11) has had a longer streak. Evans extended his own NFL record of nine such seasons to start a career.
Next Gen stat of the game: Tom Brady was 3 for 4 passing for 150 yards and three touchdowns (all to Mike Evans) on deep passes (20-plus air yards). Brady had only one such TD from Weeks 1-16.
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Christian Gonzales’ takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the day: Falcons WR Drake London had three receptions for 33 yards when aligned in the slot.
NFL Research: Tyler Allgeier has 1,039 scrimmage yards this season. It is the most by a Falcons rookie over the last 40 seasons. Allgeier is one of just three Falcons rookies to have 1,000-plus scrimmage yards over that span, joining Kyle Pitts (1,026 in 2021) and Julio Jones (1,015 in 2011).
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Michael Baca’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the day: Patrick Mahomes completed 21 of 26 passes for 281 yards and a TD versus zone coverage (5 for 11, 29 yards, 2 TDs, INT versus man coverage).
NFL Research: Patrick Mahomes is the third player in NFL history with multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons, joining Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Mac Jones was blitzed on 33.3% of dropbacks, going 6 of 10 for 54 yards, two touchdowns and two sacks.
NFL Research: The Patriots won a game in which they allowed at least 20 points for the first time since Week 8, 2021 at the Chargers. New England was 0-8 in such games in 2022 prior to Week 17.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
NFL Research: With seven sacks Sunday, the Eagles defense had their fifth consecutive game with six-plus sacks, breaking the NFL record for the most consecutive games with six-plus sacks in the Super Bowl era. Philadelphia now leads the NFL in sacks with 68, owning a 16-sack lead over the next closest team and tying the 1985 Giants for the fourth most in a season. Their 68 sacks are also the most in a season since the 1989 Vikings finished with 71. The Eagles need five sacks in Week 18 to break the 1984 Bears’ record for sacks in a single season (72).
Next Gen stat of the game: The Saints gained 23.8% in win probability with Marshon Lattimore’s pick-six in the fourth quarter.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Deshaun Watson was pressured on 47.8% of dropbacks Sunday but did not wilt, completing 3 of 6 passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
NFL Research: With three receptions for 105 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns Sunday, Amari Cooper recorded his fifth game with 100-plus receiving yards and one or more receiving touchdowns this season, standing one game shy of matching Josh Gordon’s franchise record of six such games in a season.
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Dak Prescott threw a pair of touchdown passes to Dalton Schultz and the Dallas defense shut down an undermanned Tennessee Titans squad in a victory on “Thursday Night Football.”
Keyed by a stellar defensive effort, the Los Angeles Chargers won their third straight, defeating the Indianapolis Colts on “Monday Night Football” to clinch a playoff berth.
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Trevor Lawrence and Co. found success on both sides of the field, as the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.
Spurred by a pair of AJ Dillon touchdowns, the Packers bested the Rams on Monday Night Football, keeping their faint playoff hopes alive while eliminating the defending Super Bowl champions.
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Nick Bosa and Co. paved the way for the 49ers’ division-clinching victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.
The Patriots, keyed by their defense, ran off 20 straight points to pull away for a 27-13 victory over the Cardinals on Monday Night Football.
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