NFL Week 17 Blitz Read: Ravens win AFC North; Eagles clinch final NFC playoff spot

NFL Week 17 Blitz Read: Ravens win AFC North; Eagles clinch final NFC playoff spot

The Ravens used the arm of a rookie to clinch the AFC North title and the Eagles closed out the game with the backup’s backup to secure the final NFC playoff spot.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson led Baltimore to a narrow 26-24 win over the Browns. The first-year signal caller went 14-of-24 passing for 179 yards. He also tallied 90 yards and two scores on the ground.

Jackson was up against another impressive rookie in Baker Mayfield, who set an NFL record for touchdown passes by a first-year player in a single season in the loss. Mayfield finished 23-of-42 passing for 376 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Meanwhile, the Eagles had a scare during their 24-0 win over the Redskins. 

Quarterback Nick Foles suffered an injury to his ribs late in the fourth quarter and never returned. But, he gave the team a comfortable lead against Washington before exiting and third-stringer Nate Sudfeld entered and threw his first career touchdown pass.

Foles, who will undergo more tests Monday, tied Philip Rivers for the NFL’s most consecutive completions record (25) and finished 28-of-33 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with the injury.

Both teams will play again in the first round of the postseason Sunday. No. 4 Baltimore will travel to the No. 5 Chargers for a 1:05 p.m. ET kickoff and No. 6 Philadelphia will face No. 3 Chicago at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Injury report

Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen left in the fourth quarter at New Orleans after taking a hard hit from Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport. He was replaced by fourth-string quarterback Garrett Gilbert.

Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White suffered a head injury in the first half versus the Dolphins and did not return. Meanwhile, Dolphins safety Reshad Jones left the game with a leg injury and cornerback Bobby McCain exited with an ankle injury.  

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion against the Lions and did not return.

Bears first-year receiver Anthony Miller left the game versus the Vikings with a shoulder injury and never returned. 

By the numbers

Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley set a franchise rookie record with his 10th receiving touchdown of the season against the Buccaneers.

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas surpassed Joe Horn for first on the team’s single-season receiving yardage list against the Panthers. He entered the game with 1,376 yards but moved past Horn’s mark of 1,399 in the second half.

Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley ended his breakout year on a high note as he set yet another record to close out the regular season, becoming the third rookie in league history to surpass 2,000 scrimmage yards.

The Lions shut out the Packers for the first time since 1973 with a 31-0 win at Lambeau Field, something Detroit hasn’t done since 1970. The last time the Lions won back-to-back games at Lambeau was the 1990-91 season.

Father Time still hasn’t caught up to Tom Brady. The Patriots veteran quarterback made history when he threw his 29th touchdown pass of the season.

Cardinals veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald added to his illustrious career. He joined Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez as the only players with 1,300 receptions in NFL history.

Ben Roethlisberger became just the seventh quarterback in NFL history to record 5,000 passing yards in a single season.


Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is always on target.

Bills rookie play caller Josh Allen doesn’t mind doing the work.

Cole Beasley saved the Cowboys.

No one is stopping Rams’ Aaron Donald.

Teddy Bridgewater threw his first touchdown pass in three years filling in for Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees.

Who to who? Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and quarterback Matt Ryan briefly switched positions. Sanu threw his fourth career touchdown pass to the veteran quarterback.

He’s going, going, gone. Chargers’ Casey Hayward runs back a pick-2 versus the Broncos.


Jets quarterback Sam Darnold wasn’t happy with the way his rookie season ended: “Yeah, it’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing to go out here and lose 38 to 3. I’m really proud of the way we fought, the way we competed, it just wasn’t enough.”

There’s no end in sight for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. In the team’s narrow victory over the Cardinals, Wilson threw for a score to set a new franchise record (35) for touchdown passes in a single season: “I believe I’m just beginning. I’m just starting.”

Week 17 NFL scores

Sunday’s games  
Bills 42, Dolphins 17
Lions 31, Packers 0
Patriots 38, Jets 3
Panthers 33, Saints 14
Texans 20, Jaguars 3
Cowboys 36, Giants 35
Falcons 34, Buccaneers 32
Chiefs 35, Raiders, 3
Seahawks 27, Cardinals 24
Rams 48, 49ers, 32
Chargers 23, Broncos 9
Bears 24, Vikings 10
Ravens 26, Browns, 24
Eagles 24, Redskins 0
Steelers 16, Bengals 13
Colts at Texans, in progress