Updated information on all week 16 games


The NFL takes center stage on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with multiple teams looking for a holiday miracle. With the playoffs on the horizon, a valuable invitation is the ultimate gift.

Week 16 will help determine the postseason field. The Cincinnati Bengals secured a playoff spot because the New York Jets lost Thursday night. The Bengals joined the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs as the first AFC teams to reach the postseason.

The Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers could also secure a spot this weekend. Both teams need to win and get a little help. In the meantime, the New York Giants can join the NFC playoff team contingent if things go in their favor.

The campaign starts on Saturday. Three NFC South teams face must-win scenarios to keep up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Elsewhere, the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans are trying to end their recent losing streak and cling to their playoff hopes.

There are three NFL games on Christmas Day. The Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins top the afternoon list. Week 16 concludes with the Los Angeles Chargers playing the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

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Here’s a rundown of all the Week 16 action centered around the NFL.

Jacksonville Jaguars 19, New York Jets 3

Meager: The Jaguars won their third straight game and are firmly in playoff contention. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was efficient against a stingy Jets defense. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 229 yards while adding 51 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jaguar tight end Evan Engram led all receivers with 113 receiving yards. It’s been a rough night for the Jets. The offense totaled 227 yards and went 2-for-13 in third place. Fans booed Jets QB Zach Wilson as he was benched in favor of journeyman Chris Streveler. The Jets have lost four straight games and slip out of the playoff mix.

A highlight to know: Engram returned to MetLife Stadium and put on a stellar performance. He hauled in a 36-yard reception who set up a Jaguars field goal in the second quarter.

Next up: The Jaguars play the Houston Texans in Week 17. The Jets have an away game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Baltimore Ravens 17, Atlanta Falcons 9

Meager: The Baltimore Ravens relied on their running game as they potted their ticket to the playoffs, earning a win over the Atlanta Falcons in the team’s third game without Lamar Jackson. Gus Edwards, JK Dobbins and quarterback Tyler Huntley combined for 184 yards. Huntley added 115 yards passing and the only touchdown of the day, a six-yard score for Demarcus Robinson in the second quarter. Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder went 22 of 33 for 218 yards, 96 of which went to rookie Drake London. The wideout was responsible for the day’s lone turnover, a lost fumble in the second quarter. With the loss, the Falcons are eliminated from the playoff competition.

A highlight to know: In the fourth quarter, the Baltimore defense stopped the Falcons for fourth and goal at the Ravens’ one-yard line. Tyler Allgeier attempted a shotgun run and was stuffed by Isaiah Mack, who had been signed off the practice team just a day earlier.

Next up: The Ravens host the AFC North against the Pittsburgh Steelers while the Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals. Both games take place on New Year’s Day.

Carolina Panthers 37 Detroit Lions 23

Buffalo Bills 35, Chicago Bears 13

New Orleans Saints 17, Cleveland Browns 10

Kansas City Chiefs 24, Seattle Seahawks 10

Minnesota Vikings 27, New York Giants 24

Cincinnati Bengals 22, New England Patriots 18

Houston Texans at the Tennessee Titans

Begin: 1:00 p.m. ET


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What you should know: The game plan is simple for the Tennessee Titans. Give Derrick Henry the football against the Texans. Henry has 1,254 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 career games against the Texans. That includes a 219-yard effort in Week 8. The Titans are expected to start backup Malik Willis and that should result in more carries for Henry. The Texans have been gruff of late, but their worst-run defense in the league is being challenged by their nemesis.

Washington Commanders at the San Francisco 49ers

Begin: 4:05 p.m. ET


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What you should know: Commanders need to recover quickly after a disappointing defeat in Week 15. A short week trip to Santa Clara is not a pleasant Christmas present. The 49ers are rolling and just won the NFC West. It will be a challenge for the commanders to contain the 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey and quarterback Brock Purdy. The Commanders control their playoff destiny but must assert themselves to remain in the final NFC wildcard spot.

Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys

Begin: 4:25 p.m. ET


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What you should know: The NFC East rivalry is reignited on Christmas Eve. The Cowboys need to win this game if they hope to catch the Eagles in the division. Philadelphia will start backup Gardner Minshew as starter Jalen Hurts is sidelined. However, Minshew is not your average reserve. He owns a career record of 8-14 and threw for 3,271 yards with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. The Cowboys have a stingy defense but will have to rely on quarterback Dak Prescott to eke out the win.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Begin: 8:15 p.m. ET

TV: NFL Network

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What you should know: The Steelers celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Immaculate Reception” on Saturday night. The team will also retire late running back Franco Harris’ No. 32 jersey. The Steelers legend died Tuesday at the age of 72. His legacy made an impact within the Steelers organization and the NFL community. Expect the Steelers to play with emotion and try to win one for the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins

Begin: 1:00 p.m. ET (Sunday)


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What you should know: The Dolphins welcome the Packers to Miami on Christmas Day. The Dolphins are looking to rebound after a narrow loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 15. The Packers have little chance of extending their playoff streak. This matchup will feature a clash of styles. The Dolphins’ top-flight offense will be challenged fiercely against the Packers’ second-place pass defense. Green Bay allows 185.1 yards per game. How the Packers defend the Dolphins duo Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle will be seen on Sunday.

Denver Broncos at the Los Angeles Rams

Begin: 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS, Nickelodeon

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What you should know: This matchup looks completely different than it did when it was planned this offseason. Both teams failed to live up to expectations. There’s not much to play on either side, but at least the matchup between quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Russell Wilson will provide a reason to tune in.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Begin: 8:20 p.m. ET


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What you should know: The Buccaneers lead the NFC South, but not because of their recent game. A matchup against the lowly Cardinals is tempting to fix the ship. The Cardinals start Sunday with third-string quarterback Trace McSorley. It’s must-try territory for the Buccaneers and Tom Brady needs to pull them back out of the fire.

Los Angeles Chargers with the Indianapolis Colts

Begin: 8:15 p.m. ET (Monday)


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What you should know: The Chargers have a chance to earn a playoff spot on Monday. Los Angeles needs to win and get some help. The Colts are reeling after being on the losing side in the biggest comeback in NFL history. How does that affect the psyche of the team? The Colts will soon find out when they turn to backup quarterback Nick Foles to start on a losing season.

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