NFL Scores Week 17: Results and Top Fantasy Star for Every Sunday Game

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2013

Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates after throwing a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With 16 NFL games crammed into one glorious day, the league's regular season was primed for a thrilling finish in Week 17. Playoff scenarios abounded heading into Sunday, Dec. 29, and it's no surprise that fantasy scoring was down throughout the league as teams tightened up during the regular-season finales.

The impressive Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons to close out the season with a record of 12-4, winning the NFC South and securing the No. 2 seed heading into the postseason.    

Other teams, such as the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins, suffered defeat to finish the season on the outside of the playoff picture. 

Here's a look at all the results from the NFL's final regular-season weekend, followed by an examination of the top fantasy performance.

 

Note: Results and fantasy info for late games will be added at the conclusion of those contests.

 

NFL Week 17: Results 

WINNERLOSERSCORE
Pittsburgh SteelersCleveland Browns20-7
New York GiantsWashington20-6
Cincinnati BengalsBaltimore Ravens34-17
Tennessee TitansHouston Texans16-10
Indianapolis ColtsJacksonville Jaguars30-10
New York JetsMiami Dolphins20-7
Minnesota VikingsDetroit Lions14-13
Carolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons21-20
New Orleans SaintsTampa Bay Buccaneers42-17
New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills34-20
Seattle SeahawksSt. Louis Rams27-9
Green Bay PackersChicago Bears33-28
San Francisco 49ersArizona Cardinals23-20
Denver BroncosOakland Raiders34-14
San Diego ChargersKansas City Chiefs27-24
Philadelphia EaglesDallas Cowboys24-22
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Pittsburgh Does Its Part to Advance, but San Diego Wins the No. 6 Seed

Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) pumps the crowd up against the Cleveland Browns in the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into Week 17, Pittsburgh was one of four teams vying for the No. 6 seed in the AFC. The other three teams were the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers. Of the four teams, the Steelers needed the most help to get in, entering the weekend with a record of 7-8.

Baltimore lost badly to Cincinnati, however, and the New York Jets pummeled the Dolphins in the early games. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh easily cruised past a reeling Cleveland team, 20-7, to finish the season with a record of 8-8.

After the game, head coach Mike Tomlin reportedly lauded New York's big win over Miami, per Justin Rose of WTAE TV in Pittsburgh:

The Chargers had yet to play at this point, however, and the Steelers still needed another miracle in order to get into the postseason tournament. 

Sometimes the word "miracle" gets tossed around too loosely, but in this case it fits.

The reason for this is that the Kansas City Chiefs announced before Week 17's contest against San Diego that most of the starters would sit out, per Doug Farrar of SI.com, which essentially handed the Chargers the No. 6 seed in the eyes of ESPN's Skip Bayless:

For a time, it appeared Pittsburgh would get its miracle, as the Chiefs led by a score of 24-14 late in the third quarter. However, the Chargers came charging back and scored the game's final 13 points to win by three in overtime, ending Pittsburgh's improbable run.

Pittsburgh's remarkable late-season surge is impressive, nonetheless. After losing six of the first eight games in 2013, the Steelers finished the season winning six of their last eight.

 

NFL Week 17: Top Fantasy Stars

GAMEPLAYERPOS.TEAMPTS.STATS
Browns at SteelersLe'Veon BellRBPIT1596 total yards, one TD
Redskins at GiantsJerrel JerniganWRNYG26147 total yards, two TDs
Ravens at BengalsAndy DaltonQBCIN19304 total yards, two TDs, four INTs
Texans at TitansChris JohnsonRBTEN19141 total yards, one TD
Jaguars at ColtsAndrew LuckQBIND15289 total yards, one TD
Jets at DolphinsGeno SmithQBNYJ19234 total yards, one TD
Lions at VikingsCordarrelle PattersonWRMIN2085 total yards, two TDs
Panthers at FalconsCam NewtonQBCAR18222 total yards, two TDs, one INT
Buccaneers at SaintsDrew BreesQBNO37389 total yards, five TDs
Bills at PatriotsLeGarrette BlountRBNE30189 total yards, two TDs
Rams at SeahawksGolden TateWRSEA18131 total yards, one TD
Packers at BearsMatt ForteRBCHI33157 total yards, three TDs
49ers at CardinalsColin KaepernickQBSF22334 total yards, two TDs
Broncos at RaidersPeyton ManningQBDEN26266 total yards, four TDs
Chiefs at ChargersKnile DavisRBKC2086 total yards, two TDs
Eagles at CowboysLeSean McCoyRBPHI19134 total yards, one TD
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Keep an Eye Out for Jerrel Jernigan in 2014

Dec 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan (12) makes a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants suffered another terrible rash of injuries in Week 17. Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Will Beatty all left the game for good at some point, and it would have been easy to understand if the Giants had just rolled over and died in the second half.

However, Jerrel Jernigan had different plans.

The diminutive wide receiver (5'8" and 189 pounds) first burst onto the scene in Week 16 with a 14-point performance against Detroit.

He followed it up with a huge game against Washington, as he displayed his multi-dimensional talents, rushing for 57 yards on two carries and catching six passes for 90 yards. He also scored both of New York's offensive touchdowns—one rushing and one receiving.  

As Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News pointed out, Jernigan was carrying New York's offense through three quarters:

Former Giants teammate and current analyst Jeff Feagles pointed out that New York could use Jernigan as a running back in 2014, since he and Victor Cruz are similar in what they do as receivers:

After the team's struggles at the running back position in 2013, it's not crazy to think Jernigan could cement a nice role as a Swiss Army-knife player for New York next season. He's displayed undeniable playmaking talent, and the Giants must find a way for him to see the field. 

 

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