NFL Scores Week 14: AFC, NFC Playoff Picture, Results and Top Fantasy StatsDecember 12, 2021
NFL Scores Week 14: AFC, NFC Playoff Picture, Results and Top Fantasy Stats
Week 14’s Sunday afternoon action began with a ton of lopsided contests and ended with two overtime games that significantly altered the AFC and NFC playoff races.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs opened the afternoon with a statement victory against the Las Vegas Raiders to remain on top of the AFC West.
The Chiefs’ victory meant more once other results rolled in. Kansas City moved level on record with the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans and gained a game on the Baltimore Ravens.
Kansas City brought some clarity to the top of the AFC West, but the rest of the conference standings beneath it is still a mess.
Five AFC teams left Sunday with 7-6 records. The Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns won to reach that point, while the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals dropped in losses. The Los Angeles Chargers are still one game ahead of the pack.
The San Francisco 49ers’ overtime win over the Bengals gave them a one-game edge over the rest of the NFC wild-card contenders.
San Francisco used a massive day from George Kittle and a game-winning touchdown out of Brandon Aiyuk to move one game above five franchises sitting at 6-7.
Kittle was one of the top fantasy football stars on Sunday. He, Mahomes, Alvin Kamara and Mark Andrews were among the regular top point scorers to sit on top of the fantasy points leaderboard.
Week 14 Scores
Cleveland 24, Baltimore 22
Tennessee 20, Jacksonville 0
Kansas City 48, Las Vegas 9
New Orleans 30, New York Jets 9
Dallas 27, Washington 20
Atlanta 29, Carolina 21
Seattle 33, Houston 13
Los Angeles Chargers 37, New York Giants 21
Denver 38, Detroit 10
Tampa Bay 33, Buffalo 27 (Final/OT)
San Francisco 27, Cincinnati 23 (Final/OT)
Green Bay 45, Chicago 30
AFC Playoff Picture
1. New England (9-4)
2. Tennessee (9-4)
3. Kansas City (9-4)
4. Baltimore (8-5)
5. Los Angeles Chargers (8-5)
6. Indianapolis (7-6)
7. Buffalo (7-6)
8. Cleveland (7-6)
9. Cincinnati (7-6)
10. Denver (7-6)
11. Pittsburgh (6-6-1)
12. Las Vegas (6-7)
13. Miami (6-7)
NFC Playoff Picture
1. Arizona (10-2)
2. Green Bay (10-3)
3. Tampa Bay (10-3)
4. Dallas (9-4)
5. Los Angeles Rams (8-4)
6. San Francisco (7-6)
7. Washington (6-7)
8. Minnesota (6-7)
9. Philadelphia (6-7)
10. Atlanta (6-7)
11. New Orleans (6-7)
12. Carolina (5-8)
13. Seattle (5-8)
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City
Patrick Mahomes recorded his highest completion percentage of the season in the Chiefs’ trouncing of the Raiders.
Mahomes went 20-of-24 for 258 yards, and he dished out a pair of touchdowns.
The Kansas City quarterback tortured the Raiders defense in both head-to-head meetings. He had five touchdown throws back on November 14 at Allegiant Stadium.
Mahomes did not connect with his typical touchdown catchers, as Darrel Williams and Josh Gordon were the recipients of the scoring throws.
Williams also caught a touchdown pass from Mahomes in the first meeting with the Raiders. Gordon hauled in his first scoring play in a Kansas City shirt.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo
Josh Allen did his best to outduel Tom Brady inside Raymond James Stadium.
Allen led the Buffalo Bills back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
The Bills quarterback produced touchdown throws to Dawson Knox and Gabriel Davis in the final stanza and he led a game-tying drive that set up Tyler Bass’ 25-yard field goal with 22 seconds left.
Allen hurt the Tampa Bay defense with his right arm and legs. He threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns on 54 passing attempts and he had 109 rushing yards on 12 carries. Allen was four yards shy of tying Leonard Fournette as the game’s top rusher.
He finished the afternoon with the most fantasy points of any quarterback, but it was not enough to beat Brady and the Bucs in overtime. Buffalo fell to the No. 7 seed in the AFC after the loss.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers moved to 22-5 against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.
Rodgers torched the Chicago defense in the second half as the Green Bay Packers scored 24 unanswered points.
Rodgers linked up with Aaron Jones and Davante Adams for his pair of second-half scoring throws. Adams and Jones each earned their second touchdowns on those plays.
The Green Bay quarterback connected with Adams and Allen Lazard on scoring plays in the second quarter, which was the highest-scoring 15-minute frame of the day. The Bears and Packers combined for 45 second-quarter points.
Rodgers now has three consecutive 300-yard performances. He has 10 touchdowns in that span against the Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was far from the highest rusher across Sunday’s slate, but he thrived around the end zone.
Edwards-Helaire crossed the goal line with touchdown runs of five and six yards in the second quarter to extend the massive Kansas City advantage.
He finished with 10 carries for 37 yards in a back-by-committee approach used by the Chiefs that was brought out due to the blowout. Derrick Gore also chipped in with a late rushing touchdown.
Kansas City produced a 132-44 advantage in the rushing-yard column against a Las Vegas squad that had no answer for the Chiefs front seven.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans
Alvin Kamara loves playing against the New York franchises.
The Saints running back returned from his injury layoff to produce his second 120-yard game against a New York team this season.
Kamara earned a season-high 27 carries and ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' easy win over the New York Jets. He totaled 240 yards against the New York Giants and Jets this season, and his previous season high in carries occurred on October 3.
The star running back averaged 4.4 yards per carry and extended his scoring streak to three games.
Kamara and Taysom Hill led a Saints rushing attack that totaled 201 yards on the ground.
Expect to see more of the same as December rolls on. The Saints have more confidence in Hill and Kamara running the ball, and they will need both to carry a heavy load as they chase one of the three NFC wild-card berths.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle
Rashaad Penny was the biggest fantasy surprise of the early afternoon window.
Seattle may have finally found someone to fill the void left open by Chris Carson's season-long injury.
Penny ran for 137 yards and two scores on 16 carries after entering Sunday with 78 rushing yards for the entire season.
The 137-yard performance gave Penny a single-game career high. He began Sunday with two 100-yard performances in his career since he joined the Seahawks in 2018.
For now, the Seahawks have an answer to their running back situation. Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas have not been consistent enough, and that led to the signing of Adrian Peterson.
If Penny plays well in the next few weeks, he could be one of the top waiver-wire additions for the fantasy football postseason.
Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams, RB, Denver
Denver’s two-headed rushing monster destroyed the Detroit Lions.
Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams combined for 184 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 39 carries.
The Broncos duo had 14 fewer total rushing yards than Jared Goff had passing yards for the one-win Lions.
Gordon featured in the starring role with 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Williams added 73 yards and a score of his own. Williams finished with a slightly better yards per attempt at 4.9 compared to Gordon’s 4.6.
The Broncos came six yards shy of their best single-game rushing effort this season. They had 190 rushing yards in their Week 9 win over Dallas.
Denver has now run for over 100 yards in nine of its 13 games. The win helped it keep pace with Kansas City and the Chargers in the AFC West and it helped with the team’s chase of a wild-card berth.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle
Tyler Lockett also had fun taking advantage of the poor Houston defense on Sunday.
The experienced wide receiver put up 142 receiving yards on five catches. He also found the end zone once for the Seahawks.
Lockett has been Russell Wilson’s favorite target over the last few weeks; he has 421 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the last four games, and his consistent production has made him the clear No. 1 fantasy wide receiver on the Seahawks roster.
D.K. Metcalf has 147 receiving yards in the last month, and his 43 yards on Sunday marked the third time in the last six games that he got over the 40-yard threshold.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay
Davante Adams has three straight 100-yard receiving games to go along with Rodgers streak of 300-yard passing games.
Adams helped Rodgers pick apart the Chicago secondary throughout the second half and he was rewarded for those efforts with his second touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay’s No. 1 wide receiver earned his first two multi-touchdown games of the season against divisional rivals in the last three weeks.
That is a promising sign for Green Bay as it attempts to take the No. 1 seed in the NFC from the Arizona Cardinals.
It is also a great development for fantasy players that could ride Adams to championships in their respective leagues.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco
George Kittle had the most yards from scrimmage of any non-quarterback on Sunday.
The always-reliable San Francisco tight end caught 13 of his 15 targets for 151 yards and he produced a single touchdown in the overtime win over Cincinnati.
Kittle has an absurd 332 receiving yards over the last two weeks. He had nine catches on 12 targets in Week 13 versus Seattle.
The back-to-back 150-plus-yard games re-established Kittle on top of the fantasy tight end rankings. He slipped down that list after missing a month with an injury.
Kittle could have a few more monster performances in him over the next four weeks. San Francisco still has to go on the road to play Tennessee and the Los Angeles Rams. It will need the most out of Kittle in those games and the home contests with the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans to lock up one of the three NFC wild-card positions
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore
Mark Andrews provided some stability to the Baltimore Ravens offense after Lamar Jackson exited the loss to the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury.
Andrews hauled in 11 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens got within two points of the Browns with Tyler Huntley under center.
Sunday's total gave Andrews his first 100-yard game since October 11, when he was the star of Baltimore’s come-from-behind win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Andrews also tied his single-game high with 11 receptions. He caught 100 percent of his targets for the second time this season.