Seven plays that explain Week 16

Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday.

"It was the best run I've ever seen," Seahawks pass rusher Michael Bennett said of Marshawn Lynch's 79-yard rumble through Arizona's defense on Sunday Night Football. Despite missing the first quarter with what Seattle called an upset stomach, Beast Mode needed only 45 minutes of play to lash the Cardinals for 113 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. -- Marc Sessler

If it's Monday morning, that means there are some Odell Beckham Jr. feats of greatness to share. In the below video, you'll watch Beckham break poor Mark Barron's ankles before scoring an 80-yard touchdown. It's almost become routine. -- Dan Hanzus

Backup safety Dewey McDonald dropped a wide open fake-punt pass in the Colts' territory, leading to a 19-yard Dez Bryant touchdown on the very next play. The Cowboys never looked back, cruising to a 42-7 victory and the NFC East title. -- Chris Wesseling

Russell Wilson unearthed a new weapon in Luke Willson, one of the NFL's fastest tight ends. The Wilson-to-Willson connection accounted for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks exploded for 596 total yards en route to the NFC West lead. -- Chris Wesseling

Reggie Bush finally looked like his explosive self on Sunday in both the pass and ground game. If the Lions can get the type of game-changing plays it did from Bush in Week 16 and couple that with a yard-churning Joique Bell, they could do damage in the playoffs. -- Kevin Patra

The Chargers' win over San Francisco was the most incredible result of the season. The Chargers were one play away from losing so many times, but Philip Rivers didn't let it happen. If San Diego makes the playoffs, remember this play. -- Gregg Rosenthal

This play typified the Saints' season. Jimmy Graham has been a disappointment overall and what could go wrong did go wrong. This was one of the most difficult calls of the season, but it does appear Graham fumbles before scoring against Atlanta. -- Gregg Rosenthal

The latest Around The NFL Podcast recaps every Week 16 game and breaks down the playoff picture. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.

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