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

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

Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Browns 20-7
New York Giants Washington 20-6
Cincinnati Bengals Baltimore Ravens 34-17
Tennessee Titans Houston Texans 16-10
Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars 30-10
New York Jets Miami Dolphins 20-7
Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions 14-13
Carolina Panthers Atlanta Falcons 21-20
New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-17
New England Patriots Buffalo Bills 34-20
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams 27-9
Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears 33-28
San Francisco 49ers Arizona Cardinals 23-20
Denver Broncos Oakland Raiders 34-14
San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs 27-24
Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys 24-22

Pittsburgh Does Its Part to Advance, but San Diego Wins the No. 6 Seed

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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, 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

Browns at Steelers Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 15 96 total yards, one TD
Redskins at Giants Jerrel Jernigan WR NYG 26 147 total yards, two TDs
Ravens at Bengals Andy Dalton QB CIN 19 304 total yards, two TDs, four INTs
Texans at Titans Chris Johnson RB TEN 19 141 total yards, one TD
Jaguars at Colts Andrew Luck QB IND 15 289 total yards, one TD
Jets at Dolphins Geno Smith QB NYJ 19 234 total yards, one TD
Lions at Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN 20 85 total yards, two TDs
Panthers at Falcons Cam Newton QB CAR 18 222 total yards, two TDs, one INT
Buccaneers at Saints Drew Brees QB NO 37 389 total yards, five TDs
Bills at Patriots LeGarrette Blount RB NE 30 189 total yards, two TDs
Rams at Seahawks Golden Tate WR SEA 18 131 total yards, one TD
Packers at Bears Matt Forte RB CHI 33 157 total yards, three TDs
49ers at Cardinals Colin Kaepernick QB SF 22 334 total yards, two TDs
Broncos at Raiders Peyton Manning QB DEN 26 266 total yards, four TDs
Chiefs at Chargers Knile Davis RB KC 20 86 total yards, two TDs
Eagles at Cowboys LeSean McCoy RB PHI 19 134 total yards, one TD

Keep an Eye Out for Jerrel Jernigan in 2014

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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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