NFL Week 17 Scores & Final Standings

Pittsburgh Steelers

The 2015 NFL regular season is over, with the New York Jets missing out and letting the Pittsburgh Steelers into the playoffs, joining the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans, leaving the New England Patriots with their annual bye week and the Denver Broncos with home field advantage in the AFC. In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers finish with the number one seed and the Arizona Cardinals follow them into the bye. NFC North champions Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins won’t have more than a week of resting.

Washington Redskins (9-7) 34  Dallas Cowboys (4-12) 23: The Redskins win a game that didn’t matter with three touchdown passes from Kirk Cousins and another one by Colt McCoy, taking a 24-0 lead before easing up and heading into the playoffs with plenty of momentum, winning four games in a row.

New York Jets (10-6) 17  Buffalo Bills (8-8) 22: The Jets had it in their hands and let it slip away, missing the playoffs due to the loss, with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing two dumb fourth quarter interceptions, while the defense struggled in slowing down the Bills running game, with Tyrod Taylor and Karlos Williams running for touchdowns, enjoying spoiling the postseason for the Jets.

New England Patriots (12-4) 10  Miami Dolphins (6-10) 20: A bad season for the Dolphins, but they often make things difficult in Miami for the Patriots, sacking Tom Brady twice, eliminating the running game and giving the Patriots a fourth loss in six games, not to mention losing the #1 seed they had sewn up.

New Orleans Saints (7-9) 20  Atlanta Falcons (8-8) 17: Julio Jones put up some more nice numbers and so did Drew Brees. Bottom line? This was possibly the final game for Sean Payton and who knows, Drew Brees as well, for the Saints. The Falcons will mostly be busy analyzing how they managed to miss the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens (5-11) 16  Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) 24: Another solid performance from A.J. McCarron, throwing a couple of touchdown passes while Jeremy Hill ran for another touchdown, set up the Bengals clashing with the Steelers in the wild card game, while the Ravens couldn’t spoil anything this time.

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) 28  Cleveland Browns (3-13) 12: With Austin Davis at quarterback, there was no chance the Steelers could run into any trouble. Luckily for them, the Jets also lost, which put Pittsburgh in the playoffs despite their running game problems and Ben Roethlisberger throwing two interceptions.

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) 6  Houston Texans (9-7) 30: Brian Hoyer was back in the starting spot without impressing, Alfred Blue ran for over 100 yards and the defense finished with 8 sacks (3.5 Whitney Mercilus, 3 by J.J. Watt) as the Texans clinched the playoff spot, not relying on tiebreakers or anything like that.

Tennessee Titans (3-13) 24  Indianapolis Colts (8-8) 30: A win that meant nothing in the end. Josh Freeman played and threw a touchdown pass and so did Ryan Lindley for the Colts, also scoring one pick six touchdown through Jerrell Freeman, but with the Texans winning, they’re left out of the playoffs, missing out on the postseason for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) 35  New York Giants (6-10) 30: Another miserable finish for the Giants, unable to give Tom Coughlin a win on his final game for the team. Sam Bradford threw two touchdown passes, DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles each ran for one, while Walter Thurmond turned an Eli Manning fumble into a touchdown as well.

Detroit Lions (7-9) 24  Chicago Bears (6-10) 20: The Lions beating the Bears with three touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford while Jay Cutler threw a couple and also three interceptions meant the Bears, even with a one win improvement, finish bottom of the division for a second straight year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) 10  Carolina Panthers (15-1) 38: The Panthers complete the greatest season in franchise history by making sure they get home field advantage, as Cam Newton ran for two touchdown and threw a couple as well, while the Bucs lost a fourth game in a row, completely falling apart late in the season.

Oakland Raiders (7-9) 17  Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) 23: The Raiders couldn’t give Charles Woodson a win on his farewell game, while the Chiefs won their 10th in a row, doing their part but not being able to win the division.

San Diego Chargers (4-12) 20  Denver Broncos (12-4) 27: Peyton Manning came on as a reliever after the Broncos turned the ball over five times during Brock Osweiler’s stint, two of them his interceptions. The Chargers led 20-17 in the fourth but the Broncos dominated the final 12 minutes, clinching not just the division title and the bye week, but also home field advantage, which hasn’t helped them twice in the last three years.

Seattle Seahawks (10-6) 36  Arizona Cardinals (13-3) 6: Russell Wilson was back to being close to perfect with three touchdown passes while Bryce Brown ran for another. The Cardinals get the first round bye, not the #1 seed, and will now have us wondering whether this is the real them or just some garbage time meltdown.

St. Louis Rams (7-9) 16  San Francisco 49ers (5-11) 19: The 49ers won their final game of the season on a Phil Dawson field goal. Dawson scored all the points in the second half, not just by the 49ers, but by both teams, taking the 49ers on top from being six points down.

Minnesota Vikings (11-5) 20  Green Bay Packers (10-6) 13: Adrian Peterson ran for a touchdown and Captain Munnerlyn returned a fumble for one as well as the Vikings stunned Green Bay for a third loss this season at home to a division rival, something that hasn’t happened since 1968. The Vikings win the division, both teams are in the playoffs.

NFC Standings

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1 Carolina Panthers South 15 1 0 .938 5–1 11–1 .444 .438 W1
2 Arizona Cardinals West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 .460 .448 L1
3 Minnesota Vikings North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .500 .440 W3
4 Washington Redskins East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–4 .484 .417 W4
Wild Cards
5 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .518 .447 L2
6 Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .504 .378 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Atlanta Falcons South 8 8 0 .500 1–5 5–7 .476 .450 L1
8 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .545 .476 L1
9 Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .545 .433 W3
10 Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 .520 .500 W1
11 New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .507 .400 W2
12 New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .498 .378 L3
13 Chicago Bears North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .554 .489 L1
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 .453 .411 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .558 .483 W1
16 Dallas Cowboys East 4 12 0 .250 3–3 3–9 .529 .417 L3

AFC Standings

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1 Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 .520 .509 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .471 .439 L2
3 Cincinnati Bengals North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 .484 .412 W1
4 Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .507 .425 W3
Wild Cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 5–1 10–2 .498 .427 W10
6 Pittsburgh Steelers North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .529 .496 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 New York Jets East 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .436 .387 L1
8 Buffalo Bills East 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .498 .400 W2
9 Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 3–2 5–6 .520 .438 W2
10 Oakland Raiders West 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 .502 .381 L1
11 Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .453 .400 W2
12 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .467 .360 L3
13 Baltimore Ravens North 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 .489 .427 L1
14 San Diego Chargers West 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 .511 .317 L2
15 Cleveland Browns North 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 .529 .267 L3
16 Tennessee Titans South 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .493 .378 L4
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