Jonathan Taylor set a team record with a performance of 253 rushing yards, in addition to scoring two touchdowns, and he was the star of a 28-14 victory for the Indianapolis Colts over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The victory allowed the Colts to earn their ticket to the playoffs. Taylor made it happen by scoring a touchdown following a 45-yard run, with 3:35 remaining.
Taylor was sensational. He made 30 carries on Sunday and became the second running back in Colts history to amass at least 200 yards in a game.
Edgerrin James held the record with a 219-yard performance in Seattle in October 2000. James also had a 204-yard game in Chicago in November 2004.
Philip Rivers added a touchdown pass and the Colts’ defense shut the door on the Jaguars in the final quarter to help preserve that triumph.
The Colts (11-5) will make the playoffs for the first time since 2018, and for the second time since 2015. Holders of the seventh overall standings, the Colts will visit the Buffalo Bills next week.
The Jaguars (1-15) have lost their last 15 meetings and will hold the first pick in the draft next April.
The Rams qualified to the detriment of the Cards
John Wolford had 231 aerial yards and 56 rushing yards in his NFL debut, guiding the Los Angeles Rams to an 18-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Troy Hill returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown and the Rams defense (10-6) had another brilliant performance.
The Los Angeles squad made the playoffs for the third time in four years under the tutelage of head coach Sean McVay.
Wolford recovered after throwing an interception on his first career assist and put in a good effort replacing Jared Goff, who was injured last week.
Even though they were unable to register an offensive touchdown for a second straight game, the Rams ended a two-game losing streak and defeated the Cardinals (8-8) for an eighth time. consecutive.
The Rams’ defense led the way with nine points, including a safety touchdown, and it limited the Cardinals to 214 total yards. Coordinator Brandon Staley’s unit finished the season No. 1 in the NFL in runs (296) and total yards allowed (4,511).
The Cardinals missed the playoffs for a fifth straight season. They would have obtained their pass by winning against the Rams.
The Saints end up just behind the Packers
The New Orleans Saints easily defeated the Carolina Panthers 33-7, securing second place in the National Association.
Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and for aerial gains of 201 yards.
The Saints, who had five interceptions in the game, will host the Chicago Bears in the first round of the playoffs next weekend.
Ty Montgomery amassed 105 yards on 18 carries for the Saints (12-4), who became the first team to sweep six duels against opponents from the National South section since the section was created in 2002.
The Saints rushed for 156 rushing yards despite the absence of Alvin Kamara, who tied an NFL record with six rushing touchdowns last week. Kamara and Latavius Murray have both been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Taysom Hill added 41 rushing yards, including a three-yard major.
Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was left off the bench in the third quarter after throwing his second interception in the end zone. The former Saints completed 13 of 23 assists for 176 yards before being replaced by PJ Walker, who suffered three interceptions.
The Panthers (5-11) had to manage without the services of their two best running backs, Christian McCaffrey and Mike Davis, due to an injury.
The Titans section champions, personal high for Henry
The Titans are the kings of their section, Tennessee winning the title against Houston when Sam Sloman accommodated, via one of the bars, a 37-yard field goal at the last second for a 41-38 victory over the Texans.
“It’s never easy in this league,” said winning coach Mike Vrabel, quoted by the Tennessean. I want everyone to realize this. We don’t take victory for granted. “
Derrick Henry amassed 250 rushing yards, a personal high. He landed breakthroughs of 52 and six yards.
Henry helped the Titans (11-5) earn the American Association Southern Section title for the first time since 2008.
Tennessee will host the Baltimore Ravens (11-5) next weekend.
Henry concluded the regular season with a club-record 2,027 yards rushing. He is the eighth player in history to accumulate 2,000 yards or more.
AJ Brown paved the way for Sloman’s punt with a 52-yard reception. This shortly after a 51-yard field goal allowing Houston to level the score, with 18 seconds on the clock.
“I almost had an ulcer on the sidelines,” said the Tennessean safety back Kevin Byard of the Titans. It was pretty intense. “
“These guys are not giving up. They’re not giving up, added Vrabel, also reported by the Nashville Daily. There were times when it could have happened. They did not do it. They continued to fight. “
Deshaun Watson had 365 passing yards in the loss, with three touchdowns and one interception.
The Texans (4-12) lost a fifth straight game.
Chargers win against Chiefs B team
Justin Herbert had 302 yards from the air and threw three touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Chargers prevailed 38-21 against a largely reserve Chiefs in Kansas City.
The Chiefs (14-2) were already assured of first place in the American Association and a pass until the second round.
The quarterback Patrick Mahomes and safety half Tyrann Mathieu were missing in particular.
Herbert also sneaked into the pay zone.
The Chargers (7-9) finished the season on a high note, earning four straight wins.
Raiders end with narrow victory
Darren Waller caught a pass from Derek Carr on a two-point convert with 24 seconds remaining and the Las Vegas Raiders triumphed 32-31 over the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos (5-11) had reached the Raiders ’45 line with nine seconds left, but Brandon McManus’ 63-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Maxx Crosby.
Josh Jacobs hit a touchdown following a one-yard run, capping a seven-play, 77-yard streak for the Raiders (8-8). Jon Gruden’s men then decided to go for the win rather than the tie.
Broncos rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy had earlier broken the tie with a 92-yard touchdown that put his team ahead 31-24 with 6:29 left.
Seattle finished third in the National
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Lockett in the fourth quarter and the Seattle Seahawks came in from behind to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 26-23.
The Seahawks (12-4) had the opportunity to finish first in the National Association, but remained in third place following victories by the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks, who ended the campaign with four straight wins, will host the Los Angeles Rams next weekend.
The Seattle squad seemed in deep trouble when Jeff Wilson Jr. increased the 49ers’ lead to 16-6 in the fourth quarter, but responded with a six-yard touchdown from Lockett.
The Seahawks forced the 49ers to clear and they orchestrated a 14-play, 85-yard attacking streak. Wilson spotted Lockett in the end zone to give his team the lead.
Wilson ended the game with 20 completed passes in 36 attempts for 171 yards. Lockett caught 12 balls for 90 yards.
Alex Collins had an eight-yard rushing major with 1:49 remaining in the game, giving the Seahawks a 26-16 lead.
The 49ers (6-10) had been eliminated from the playoff race for a few weeks now and they played their last games in Arizona due to COVID-19 restrictions in their county in California.