Marc Sessler already described the five runs that explain Week 16. Now it's time for the five defining throws.
I was debating whether to spin positive from the Cincinnati Bengals' 13-10 win Sunday and roll with Andy Dalton's game-winning toss to A.J. Green. Or to go negative and pick a more typical play from the defensive battle: Ben Roethlisberger's interception that ended the Pittsburgh Steelers' playoff chances.
And then I realized our glorious video department had cut them together in one nifty package. Watch the Bengals get a monkey off their collective back.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is playing his best football at the end of the season. He has struggled to deal with pressure at times in his career, but the third-down throw below shows the progress he has made. This is a championship-level play. At a moment when the Detroit Lions were rallying, this throw kept a drive alive and eventually led to a touchdown in the Falcons' 31-18 win.