It's the 16th Sunday of the 2021 NFL season and we're keeping you updated on all the action and biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 16 slate has some fantastic matchups and storylines, and we're here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.
Packers 24, Browns 22 (Recap)
Colts 22, Cardinals 16 (Recap)
Bengals 41, Ravens 21 (Recap)
Bills 33, Patriots 21 (Takeaways)
Falcons 20, Lions 16 (Recap)
Jets 26, Jaguars 21 (Recap)
Texans 41, Chargers 29 (Recap)
Rams 30, Vikings 23 (Takeaways)
Eagles 34, Giants 10 (Takeaways)
Buccaneers 32, Panthers 6 (Recap)
Bears 25, Seahawks 24 (Recap)
Raiders 17, Broncos 13 (Takeaways)
Chiefs 36, Steelers 10 (Takeaways)
Washington at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (Preview)
Dolphins at Saints, 8:15 p.m. (Preview)
The Bears appeared dead midway through the fourth quarter. The Seahawks were lining up for a 39-yard field goal to go up 27-17, and with the way Chicago's offense was playing, a double-digit deficit seemed too large to overcome. But then Jason Myers missed the attempt, and after the Bears turned the ball over on downs, they forced a punt to get the ball back with 2:56 to play. Six plays and 80 yards later, Nick Foles hit Jimmy Graham in double coverage on a third-and-14 to put Chicago within an extra point of tying the game.
Clutch. @NickFoles hits @TheJimmyGraham for the TD!#WPMOYChallenge | #CHIvsSEA pic.twitter.com/yUX0ZXC4al— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 27, 2021
Only at 4-10 and the season already lost, the Bears wanted to decide the contest in regulation and on their terms. That's when Damiere Byrd made one of the catches of the year, skying above two defenders and getting his knee in bounds -- while maintaining possession of the ball with ONE HAND -- despite the Seahawks trying to carry him out of the end zone.
There hasn't been much to be excited about this season for Bears fans, but that 25-24 triumph is something they'll surely remember.
What a grab for the 2-point conversion. 😱@LookIn_Da_Miere | #CHIvsSEA pic.twitter.com/tF6GctecH5— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 27, 2021
Dippin' and dunkin'
What a luxury it must be for Patrick Mahomes to complete a pass and watch his playmaker go to work. And I'm not talking about Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce. This time it was Byron Pringle, who made the catch at the nine-yard line, threw off one defender, ducked under another and then outran two more across the goal line. It was ALL Chiefs in Arrowhead.
"Excuse me! Excuse me!!" -@pringle_byron, probably— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 26, 2021
📺: #PITvsKC on CBS pic.twitter.com/wZAryfHOI5
The Seahawks wasted little time responded to Herbert's too-easy touchdown run. It took all of four plays for Seattle to trek 61 yards and go back up by double digits on Russell Wilson's 24-yard rope to Gerald Everett.
A little pitch and catch from 24 yards out for @DangeRussWilson and @lightningstrk12.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 26, 2021
📺 #CHIvsSEA on FOX pic.twitter.com/zr1cfqojFb
Herbie fully loaded
Rookie Khalil Herbert took the hand-off and exploded across the line of scrimmage like he was shot out of a cannon. No Seahawks defender could even get a finger on him as he burst through the left side and into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown.
.@JuiceHerbert goes untouched into the endzone! 😤#CHIvsSEA | #DaBears pic.twitter.com/y9Ws9ELXBj— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 26, 2021
The Broncos haven't done much of anything offensively in the first half, yet they hold a 13-7 lead at halftime over the Raiders. Denver can thank Bradley Chubb for that, as he tipped Derek Carr's pass to himself and then rumbled to the Las Vegas 1-yard line. On the next play, Javonte Williams crossed the goal line for the go-ahead score.
VEGAS, WE HAVE LIFTOFF 🚀— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 26, 2021
📺: CBS | @astronaut pic.twitter.com/qWkuK20Fcr
Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Steelers in the first half. After a missed field goal -- Chris Boswell's first inside 40 yards in 44 tries -- the Chiefs flew down the field and tacked on a third touchdown thanks to an impressive individual effort from Mecole Hardman.
.@MecoleHardman4 gets us back in the end zone 😎— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 26, 2021
📺: #PITvsKC on CBS pic.twitter.com/Z920ZirPc5
In a first half the Chiefs have dominated, Chase Claypool is doing his best to build some momentum for the Steelers. Check out these contested catches on back-to-back plays.
.@ChaseClaypool just made back-to-back ridiculous grabs— NFL (@NFL) December 26, 2021
📺: #PITvsKC on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/iJJu3EUV8r
Carr (Ren)throws a TD
Regardless of opponent or situation, it always seems as if Derek Carr and Hunter Renfrow are on the same page. They hooked up for their sixth touchdown of the season on a good throw but an even better catch between a blanketed defender and the sideline.
Just... I mean, c'mon.@renfrowhunter hauls in the TD for the early lead.#DENvsLV | Live on CBS pic.twitter.com/GDGVU3mqra— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 26, 2021
It's a snow game in Seattle, but the Seahawks have not been afraid to air it out. Case in point: Russell Wilson's renowned moon ball that (eventually) dropped right into the hands of DK Metcalf for as smooth of a touchdown as you'll see.
It started with a moon ball and ended with a moonwalk into the end zone. @DangeRussWilson to @dkm14 for the 41-yard touchdown. 🙌— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 26, 2021
📺 #CHIvsSEA on FOX pic.twitter.com/kFC5bzdr7w
That's how many yards Joe Burrow threw for in what was the game of his life against the Ravens. He was unstoppable as the Bengals dropped 41 points on the Ravens AGAIN to take over first place in the AFC North. Burrow's 525 passing yards -- which came on 37-of-46 passing and included four touchdowns -- is the fourth-most single-game passing yards in NFL HISTORY. Unbelievable from Burrow in the Bengals' biggest game in a while.
Joe Burrow has 525 passing yards 😳— NFL (@NFL) December 26, 2021
📺: #BALvsCIN on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/CPqtRWUrTr
Two straight wins for the Texans? TWO STRAIGHT WINS FOR THE TEXANS. The icing on the cake came in the final two minutes when Tavierre Thomas caught the errant pass from Justin Herbert and delivered it 49 yards for the score. Texans 41, Chargers 29.
STRAIGHT TO THE CRIB 🏡@TavierreT | 📺 » @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/Oz9KjyqkDj— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 26, 2021
Lane Johnson TD!
Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson has accomplished a lot across his 110-career starts entering Sunday, but he had never made a catch. And not only did Johnson haul one in against the Giants, but it resulted in a touchdown! A fitting reward for a player who's given so much to the Eagles organization the past nine seasons.
Did not have @LaneJohnson65 scoring a TD on the #NYGvsPHI bingo card, but WE LOVE IT!#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/WvIpW8rWf5— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 26, 2021
The Lions ALMOST had it, but then Tim Boyle reminded us of the player who threw more than double the amount of interceptions (26) as touchdowns (12) in his college career. On first-and-goal from the nine-yard line, Boyle threw the ball right to the roaming linebacker, Foyesade Oluokun, to seal the Falcons' 20-16 victory.
FOYE CALLED GAME.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 26, 2021
📺: FOX | @foyelicious pic.twitter.com/apfW53y4tA
Another big-man TD!
Conor McDermott saw fellow offensive lineman Will Richardson fall on a fumble for a touchdown, and he raised him by catching a touchdown pass later in the game. It wasn't an easy snag, either. The 6-foot-8, 310-pound McDermott had to go up for it before falling back into the end zone for a play he'll never forget.
🚨🚨🚨 BIG MAN TOUCHDOWN 🚨🚨🚨— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 26, 2021
YES @ConorMcD68!!!!#JAXvsNYJ on CBS pic.twitter.com/sSEff2dZFP
It just seems like DeVonta Smith always finds a way to get his feet in bounds, doesn't it? The No. 10 overall pick did so again in the third quarter against the Giants for a four-yard touchdown that extended the Eagles lead.
Toe Drag Swag from @DevontaSmith_6— NFL (@NFL) December 26, 2021
📺: #NYGvsPHI on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/RBsQyeTTo0
Matt Ryan on target
The frisky Lions have once again been frisky, but the Falcons are holding them off -- for now -- thanks to a perfectly placed pass from Matt Ryan to Hayden Hurst for the 12-yard touchdown.
Hayden Hurst hauls it in for 6️⃣!— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 26, 2021
📺: FOX | @haydenrhurst pic.twitter.com/E1t24Cpchi
Punt return TD
We've already had a kick return TD in the early slate from Braxton Berrios, and now we've got a punt return score courtesy of the Rams' Brandon Powell to give Los Angeles a 20-10 advantage. The Vikings' punt unit might want to work on angles of pursuit in practice next week.
Brandon Powell with a HOUSE CALL on the punt return! #RamsHouse— NFL (@NFL) December 26, 2021
📺: #LARvsMIN on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/QL1FPk9uSj
Seems like a throw-out-the-tape game for Matthew Stafford, who's tipped pass resulted in his third interception of the afternoon and led to the Vikings cutting the deficit to 13-10 early in the third quarter.
Three interceptions by the @Vikings defense. 2nd for @AnthonyBarr! #Skol— NFL (@NFL) December 26, 2021
📺: #LARvsMIN on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/ZaV7pFh8Wg
Davis Mills dealing!
No Brandin Cooks, no problem for rookie Davis Mills. He's greatly improved since being thrust into the starting role earlier in the season, and that improvement was on full display in the first half. Eleven completions on 13 attempts for Mills for 131 yards and this dime of a touchdown pass to Chris Conley.
🆙 at the half. @kroger | #LACvsHOU pic.twitter.com/0ZBEyrzJu5— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 26, 2021
Brady to Brate
If the Saints are Tom Brady's kryptonite, the Panthers seem to be the antidote. The Bucs put up 19 points before halftime in Carolina, with the latest score being a four-yard TD pass from Brady to a WIDE OPEN Cameron Brate.
BRATE SPIKE 🙌— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 26, 2021
📺: #TBvsCAR on FOX pic.twitter.com/qEQ5SUpE7m
Punter throws a dime
Dan Campbell has nothing to lose, which is why after a false start on fourth-and-1, he brought the punt team out -- and then FAKED THE PUNT. Jack Fox took the snap, set his feet and delivered a 21-yard strike to move the chains. The Lions capitalized by tacking on a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Tim Boyle to Amon-Ra St. Brown.
IT'S A FAKE!@MrJackFox ➡️ @ItsKhaDarel for the first down!#DETvsATL | 📺 FOX pic.twitter.com/oyGPiJMMeO— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 26, 2021
A holly, jolly touchdown!#DETvsATL | 📺 FOX pic.twitter.com/csfFa4tUIk— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 26, 2021
Kick return TD
Perhaps the most entertaining game of a stacked early slate is...Jaguars-Jets? Hear me out. It's midway through the second quarter, and there's already been an electric touchdown run from Zach Wilson, a fumble recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and now a 101-yard kickoff return (untouched!) from Braxton Berrios to give the Jets back the lead.
.@HNYNUT_BERRIOS. 101 YARDS. HOUSE CALL.#JAXvsNYJ on CBS pic.twitter.com/8YqAJkQgGY— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 26, 2021
No, Will Richardson did not catch a touchdown pass, but the fourth-year offensive tackle made a heady play nonetheless. Upon getting off the ground after making a block, he saw the ball knocked away from Trevor Lawrence and dove over a Jets defender to make the recovery in the end zone.
🚨 BIG MAN TUDDY 🚨#JAXvsNYJ | #DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/gT2F6c6rWD— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) December 26, 2021
Thrust into a complementary role with Leonard Fournette on injured reserve, second-year RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn took his first hand-off against the Panthers and was off to the races, winding and weaving for a 55-yard touchdown. It marked just his 12th carry of the season.
Sneak takes it 55 yards to the 🏡— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 26, 2021
📺: #TBvsCAR on FOX pic.twitter.com/umYJavq00u
Zach Wilson magic!
Zach Wilson looked as if he was going to dip out of bounds around the Jaguars' 35-yard line, which froze a defender. He then tip-toed along the right sideline and made another defender look silly before crossing the goal line for a 52-yard score. In what's been a rough rookie campaign for the No. 2 overall pick, this was definitely one of his biggest highlights.
WOW, JUST WOW @ZachWilson#JAXvsNYJ on CBS pic.twitter.com/JAijzdcUgp— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 26, 2021
Texans strike first
The Chargers have the fourth-worst rushing defense in the NFL, allowing 136.8 yards per game. The Texans racked up 44 on their opening drive Sunday, with Rex Burkhead gobbling up 37 of those yards and putting Houston ahead with a 25-yard score.
REX ON WHEELS 🏃♂️ 💨— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 26, 2021
📺 » @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/Su7uMU5WbV
The Bills scored one touchdown in their 14-10 loss to the Patriots in Week 13. They scored their first fewer than 10 minutes into the game Sunday, as Josh Allen found Isaiah McKenzie on a fourth-and-2 strike to take the early lead in a monumental AFC East showdown.