Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw the game-tying 11-yard touchdown pass to receiver Malcom Floyd with 29 seconds left after completing a pair of fourth-and-long plays to keep the drive alive and force overtime. The Chargers went on to beat the Niners to keep their playoff hopes alive, and Rivers won Week 16's GMC Never Say Never Moment.
NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT NOMINEES
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Chargers comeback keeps playoff hopes alive: The San Diego Chargers rallied from a 21-point deficit to top the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, 38-35. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw the game-tying 11-yard touchdown pass to receiver Malcom Floyd with 29 seconds left after completing a pair of fourth-and-long plays to keep the drive alive and force overtime. Kicker Nick Novak's 40-yard field goal in overtime assured that San Diego will enter the season's final week with a playoff berth within grasp.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Dolphins rally to win thriller over Vikings: The Miami Dolphins beat the Minnesota Vikings, 37-35, after rookie Terrence Fede blocked a punt for a safety with 41 seconds remaining. After overcoming a 14-point deficit to take the lead, the Dolphins allowed the Vikings to score 15 points in an 11-second span in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill's fourth touchdown pass of the game went to running back Damien Williams and capped a game-tying 80-yard drive, setting up the game-winning score.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton returns to keep Panthers' playoff hopes alive:Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returned Sunday and directed a key 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns that set up a winner-take-all showdown with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17 for the NFC South title. Newton accounted for two touchdowns, running for one and throwing for the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter.