Cardinals inside linebacker Deone Bucannon leaps for a football intended Giants wide-cut receiver Roger Lewis during Sunday’s game. Picture: Ross D. Franklin/ AP
” It’s nice to play a game you adoration and be able to do it at a high level still ,” Fitzgerald said,” and specially being able to do it in a win .”
He was expected this week when he will decide whether to come back for a 15 th NFL season but saying : that he’d take some time to representation it out. If he leaves, he will have that elusive ending, a 21 -yarder to Jaron Brown after two incomplete tosses earlier in his career.
Fitzgerald said it never participated his imagination that this might be the final age he plays at University of Phoenix Stadium.
” I don’t like to get into these sorts of guessing ,” he said,” because it’s a lot a lot bigger than me .”
The Cardinals( 7-8) shut out an opponent for the first time in 25 years.
49ers 44, Jaguars 33
Forty-four levels against the team with the league’s stingiest justification. MVP chants for the quarterback who has single-handedly changed the climate all over the San Francisco 49 ers.
The legend of Jimmy G is indicating no clues of slowing down.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown proceeds and ran for a third rating against the security that allowed the fewest moments in the league, and the 49 ers won their fourth straight behind their brand-new quarterback, trouncing the Jacksonville Jaguars 44 -3 3 on Sunday.
” It’s awesome. Situations are extending good right now ,” Garoppolo said.” There’s a buzz in the air. You can feel it as soon as you walk into the stadium. The crowd’s going nuts precisely in pregame. It’s exciting. It’s a nice situation to be a part of .”
Garoppolo has been the major reason for the turnaround for the 49 ers( 5-10) since being inserted into the starting lineup earlier this month following a midseason sell from New England.
He has led San Francisco to four straight-shooting prevails, but this one might have been the most impressive, considering the quality of Jacksonville’s defense. The Jaguars came into the game having allowed the fewest places and grounds legislating in the conference, while acquiring “the worlds largest” sacks.
” Since Jimmy G went here things have been a lot different ,” running back Carlos Hyde said.” Things have been experiencing really good around here. It’s been a good vibe. That power in the locker chamber right now is really good. Guys are teeing off that and ready to play .”
Garoppolo carved Jacksonville up, completing 21 for 30 transfers for 242 grounds with TD jettisons to George Kittle and Trent Taylor as San Francisco plucked away in the second half. Garoppolo help enhance 6-0 in his vocation as a starter.
Panthers 22, Buccaneers 19
Cam Newton scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds remaining to lift the Carolina Panthers to a 22 -1 9 win over the upset-minded Tampa Bay Buccaneers and secure a blot in the NFC playoffs.
The Panthers( 11 -4) trailed most of the second half, but Newton drove the Panthers 59 grounds ending 4 of 7 passes for 52 gardens in the final 3 minutes before tallying on a what could have been a ruinous participate. Newton flub the snap from the shotgun, alertly picked it up and then hastened across the goal line for the go-ahead score.
Newton celebrated the score by means of the football as a prop, pretending to ignited a candle on a patty in fete of his son Chosen’s 2nd birthday.
Carolina can fix the NFC South championship with a win over Atlanta and a New Orleans loss to Tampa Bay.
The Panthers sealed the game when Kawann Short sacked Jameis Winston on Tampa Bay’s final drive, and pressured a fumble that Julius Peppers recovered. Winston hurled for 367 yards and a touchdown but was sacked six experiences and flub three times. The Bucs are 4-11.
The Panthers offense contended all day.
Newton threw for just 160 grounds and ran for 52 yards on 14 carries. Carolina’s only touchdown in the first 3 quarterss came on a 103 -yard kickoff return by Damiere Byrd.
Tampa Bay’s justification determined the ambiance early, restriction the Panthers to exactly 78 yards in the first half- the fewest in an opening half since Newton took over as Carolina’s starting QB in 2012.
Bears 20, Browns 3
The Cleveland Browns went pushed to the brink of a winless season, hurt by two more interceptions by DeShone Kizer and two turnovers in the red zone on the way to a 20 -3 loss to the Chicago Bears on a snowy Sunday.
One more loss and the Browns will join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to croak 0-16.
And the Browns will wrap up the season at AFC North leader Pittsburgh next week.
Then again, the Browns( 0-15) preserve racking up losings no matter whom they’re playing.
They’re 1-30 in two seasons under manager Hue Jackson. And after overpowering the then-San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve last year, there was no holiday festivity for them this time.
Kizer threw for 182 yards and ran his conference leading-interception total to 21. One of those was to a wide-open Kyle Fuller in the end zone in the second quarter.
Defensive end Myles Garrett had what looked like a 42 -yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third largest one-quarter wiped out because Carl Nassib was offside.
Rashard Higgins lost a fumble near the goal line that Chicago( 5-10) recovered in the end zone.
Mitchell Trubisky hurled for 193 yards and ran for a touchdown against his hometown team to help the Bears pick up the prevail in what are likely to be tutor John Fox’s final home game at Soldier Field. With a 14 -3 3 preserve, he could be on his way out after three seasons.
Bengals 26, Lions 17
Giovani Bernard flowed for 116 grounds and a securing touchdown in the closing hours, moving Cincinnati to a 26 -1 7 succes Sunday that excreted the Detroit Lions from playoff allegation and dedicated Marvin Lewis a good instant in what was perhaps his final dwelling play as Bengals coach.
Matthew Stafford and the Lions (8 -7) couldn’t enjoy the benefits of an injury-depleted squad that leaved apathetic performances the last two tournaments. It was a fitting finish for Detroit, which opened the season 3-4 and frequently squandered chances to move to the forefront of the playoff chase.
Tion Green’s 5-yard touchdown drive introduced the Lions ahead 17 -1 6 early in the fourth quarter, but defensive penalties increased Cincinnati’s drive that led to Randy Bullock’s go-ahead kick with 4:42 left.
Given one last chance, Detroit self-destructed with a holding penalty, a false-hearted start and a short punt, letting the Bengals( 6-9) to finish it off in front of a half-empty stadium. Bernard break-dance free for a 12 -yard touchdown run with 1:54 to croak, communicating fans to the exits.
There wasn’t much action from the smaller bunch when Lewis’ reputation was announced within the framework of the pregame crew introductions. He is finishing his contract and has been cryptic of determining whether he thinks he’ll render for a 16 th season.
Chargers 14, Aircrafts 7
Philip Flow threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates, Melvin Gordon led for a rating, and the Los Angeles Chargers abode alive in the AFC playoff race with a 14 -7 succes over the New York Jets on Sunday.
The Chargers (8 -7) entered the weekend needing to prevail both of their abiding activities- including next Sunday at home against Oakland- and get lots of promotion elsewhere to remain in the mingle. Rivers& Co. held up their result of things, but barely.
Los Angeles, which started the season 0-4, had a tough time getting much working against a spirited struggle by the defense of the Jets( 5-10 ). Rivers finished 22 of 40 for 290 yards.
Gordon had 81 yards on 19 carries, but left late in the game with an ankle harm. He remained standing on the sideline as the Chargers tried to run out the clock.
Bryce Petty, doing his second start this season in place of the injured Josh McCown, struggled all activity. He missed open receivers and frequently flexed his right hand, which he banged up early in video games. But he remained in, going 15 of 28 for 119 yards and an interception.
Bilal Powell was the luminous place for the Jets’ offense, racing for 145 gardens, including a 57 -yard TD, on 19 carries.
Los Angeles took a 7-0 precede with 8: 55 left in the first half on Gates’ 3-yard touchdown catch, capping a 12 -play, 71 -yard drive.
The Chargers had a chance to increase their advantage early in the third quarter, but Nick Rose, signed earlier this week, was wide-cut right on a 47 -yard attempt.
New York took advantage of the miss to tie it on Powell’s long touchdown run.
Los Angeles retrieved the lead speedily, however, on Gordon’s 1-yard move. Gordon affected the hole and pushed over the goal line with a strong second and third effort.
The Jets had the opportunity to tie in the closing instants, getting a roughing-the-passer call on Joey Bosa to help extend their drive. But on fourth-and-7 from the Chargers 17, Petty’s heave to Robby Anderson in the end zone with 3:07 left fell incomplete.
Washington 27, Denver 11
Kirk Cousins shed for 299 grounds and three touchdowns in what could be his final home game for Washington as they pulsate the Denver Broncos and their top-ranked justification 27 -1 1 Sunday.
Cousins was 19 of 37 with TD proceeds to Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Vernon Davis and an interception. He grew the first quarterback in Washington history with three seasons of 25 or more TD moves, and involves 65 yards for his third in a row with 4,000 -plus yards.
Washington’s 386 offensive gardens are third most by a Denver opponent this season, behind alone Philadelphia and New England. The Broncos came in giving up an average of 276.8 yards a game.
Washington( 7-8) came 78 seconds from not standing a touchdown for a second consecutive game for the first time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Washington had allowed a combined 68 spots in its most recent two games before fixing down against Arizona and Denver.
After a week of misgiving, Brock Osweiler started at QB over Paxton Lynch for the Broncos( 5-10) and was 22 of 38 for 193 gardens with a fumble and an interception. CJ Anderson scored a late touchdown and was the game’s preceding rusher with 16 yards on 88 carries.
Vikings 16, Packers 0( Saturday)
While winning at Lambeau Field signifies a lot to the Minnesota Vikings, the NFC North endorses have bigger goals in mind.
A first-round playoff bye-bye is shaft within reach, and could be secured as soon as Sunday.
The Vikings took care of business on their concluded with a 16 -0 win Saturday nighttime over the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers, the team’s first shutout in 24 years. Having already clinched the fraction deed, Minnesota( 12 -3) can wrap up a first-round bye-bye if the Carolina Panthers misplace or tie on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
” I’m hoping we can get one more acquire, is currently working on some things we need to work on … and then used to go and play our rear end off in the playoffs ,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Stefon Diggs caught a four-yard pass from quarterback Case Keenum just inside the back text of the end zone during the first quarter for the only touchdown. After the game, Keenum stopped before thoughts up the passage at Lambeau, clapping his hands above his head while Vikings love chanted” Skol! Skol !”
They appeared right at home in Titletown.
” Defense played absolutely incredible today, and we did enough. It doesn’t matter how, it matters how many ,” Keenum said.
The Packers( 7-8) managed to hold a 239 -2 36 edge in total yards. They were still shut out twice in a season for the first time since 2006.
” I never experienced more defeated, more embarrassed by a conduct. Yeah, we had openings, and we didn’t connect where reference is did ,” receiver Randall Cobb said.
In its security, the team fielded a lineup that often was like one coach Mike McCarthy might send out for video games sometime in the preseason. The Packers had already been eliminated from playoff contention.