NFL Week 15 round-up: Eagles edge past Oakland

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Chris Long of Philadelphia strips the ball from Oakland's Derek Carr
Chris Long of Philadelphia strips the ball from Oakland's Derek Carr

A review of the action in week 16 as Philadelphia improved their record to 13-2 after a narrow victory over Oakland.

NFL fixtures and results (December 23-25)

Saturday December 23

  • Indianapolis 16-23 Baltimore
  • Minnesota 16-0 Green Bay

Sunday December 24

  • Detroit 17-26 Cincinnati
  • Miami 13-29 Kansas City
  • Buffalo 16-37 New England
  • Cleveland 3-20 Chicago
  • Tampa Bay 19-22 Carolina
  • Atlanta 13-23 New Orleans
  • Denver 11-27 Washington
  • LA Rams 27-23 Tennessee
  • LA Chargers 14-7 New York Jets
  • Jacksonville 33-44 San Francisco
  • Seattle 21-12 Dallas
  • New York Giants 0-23 Arizona

Monday December 25

  • Pittsburgh 34-6 Houston
  • Oakland 10-19 Philadelphia

Monday review

The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the Houston Texans with a touchdown in each quarter leading to a 34-6 Christmas Day win - and a first-round play-off bye.

Ben Roethlisberger had two touchdowns through the air - connecting with Justin Hunter for a five-yard score in the first and an 18-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the fourth.

Le'Veon Bell scored a rushing touchdown along with Roosevelt Nix, while Houston's only points came from a DeAndre Hopkins score in the fourth - an impressive one handed catch.

Roethlisberger finished with figures of 20 out of 29 for 226 yards, a sharp contrast to TJ Yates for the Texans, who only had 83 yards, completing seven out of 16 attempts.

Meanwhile, Jake Elliott made a 48-yard field goal to put his Philadelphia Eagles 13-10 ahead against the Oakland Raiders with 27 seconds left on the clock, and Derek Barnett ran in a fumble recovery as Oakland spilled the ball chasing the game.

The Eagles improve to 13-2 after the 19-10 win, with Brit Jay Ajayi scoring a first-quarter touchdown on a 17-yard run.

Sunday review

Drew Brees' New Orleans Saints secured a play-off berth after beating the Atlanta Falcons 23-13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Brees joined Peyton Manning and Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to throw for more than 70,000 yards.

The Saints quarterback threw for 239 yards and a 54-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr as the Saints dominated on both sides of the ball.

Sean Payton's defence forced a Falcons fumble on the Saints' two-yard line at the start of the third quarter and stopped Atlanta on fourth and goal from the one-yard line at the start of the fourth quarter to frustrate the visitors.

Carolina's 22-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers means the NFC South title won't be decided until the final week of the season.

The Panthers needed Cam Newton's two-yard fumble recovery with 35 seconds remaining to finally get the better of the Buccaneers.

Jared Goff threw four touchdown passes as the LA Rams wrapped up the NFC West division for the first time since 2003 with a 27-23 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Todd Gurley had another big game with 276 total yards, including 118 yards on 22 carries. Rams quarterback Jared Goff connected with him for 10 catches for 158 and two touchdowns.

The New England Patriots edged closer to securing the top spot in the AFC by beating the Buffalo Bills 37-16 at Foxboro.

Tom Brady threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns to make it eight successive seasons with at least 12 wins.

The Kansas City Chiefs clinched back-to-back AFC West titles for the first time in their history as they beat the Miami Dolphins 29-13 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Detroit Lions' playoff hopes took a blow after they were beaten 26-17 in Cincinnati. The Bengals running back Giovani Bernard rushed for 116 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown for the home team.

Antonio Gates grabbed his 87th touchdown pass from Philip Rivers for the Los Angeles Chargers, who beat the New York Jets 14-7 in New Jersey.

Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns as the Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos 27-11 in what could be the quarterback's last home game for the Redskins amidst reports of an off-season trade.

The Cleveland Browns secured the number one draft pick after losing their 15th straight game this season 20-3 at the Chicago Bears. Jordan Howard scored two of the Bears' three touchdowns on runs of two and 16 yards, while Mitchell Trubisky ran four yards for another.

Saturday review

The Green Bay Packers were frozen out by the Minnesota Vikings in a sub-zero 16-0 win at Lambeau Field.

The Vikings opened up a 3-0 lead when Kai Forbath made a 49-yard field goal in the first, with Stefon Diggs connecting with a four-yard Case Keenum (14 out of 25 for 139 yards) pass eight minutes later.

After a scoreless second period, Forbath made two more field goals - from 20 and 27 yards - as the Green Bay offence struggled to get anything going, Brett Hundley finishing with 17 out of 40 for 130 yards and two interceptions.

The Baltimore Ravens came closer to getting a playoff berth, beating the Indianapolis Colts 23-16.

Joe Flacco threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns, with the Ravens sealing the win with a Maxx Williams four-yard touchdown with 8:40 left in the game.

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