Welcome to game day.
While teams like the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs race to top playoff seeds in their respective conferences, other clubs have to claw just to stay alive in the postseason discussion. Washington faces a particularly difficult path given the team's plethora of injuries and the challenges facing Mark Sanchez, who starts for the first time this season.
Note: All times listed in pacific.
4:52 p.m. - It's a walkoff for Amari Cooper
That final touchdown gave Amari Cooper three on the day to go along with his 10 catches and 217 receiving yards.
Chris Boswell nearly blew an extra point as well earlier in the day, doinking the kick off the upright.
And the second:
Cooper has three touchdowns in as many weeks.
Dallas now leads 16-9
Pittsburgh now leads 14-10.
Kittle has come up big for fantasy managers all year and appears to have saved his best for the fantasy playoffs.
The Chiefs have steamrolled through the AFC all season and now have something to show for it. They clinched a playoff berth via their victory over the Ravens Sunday, a closely fought overtime battle that ended with Robert Griffin III throwing the ball. Kansas City still hasn't clinched their division or homefield advantage, so fantasy managers shouldn't feel concerned about the team benching their starters.
1:11 p.m. - Miami remains a house of horrors for New England
Just sit back and enjoy:
Even with the game out of hand, Jamison Crowder made his biggest play of the season. The wideout caught a short pass and ran nearly 80 yards for the end zone, his first reception of more than 25 yards all year.
12:35 p.m. - Julio reaches end zone again
Social media bombarded Julio Jones with touchdown jokes throughout the first half of the 2018 season, but the veteran wideout has made end-zone trips a regular occurrence of late. Jones has now scored twice Sunday, his most recent a 12-yard catch and run.
Jones now has five touchdown receptions on the year. He needs one more to double his 2017 total.
Sam Darnold's return from a foot injury began rough, leaving the game during the first half. However, Darnold returned and has played well, showing off some of his play-making ability in the process.
On that play, Darnold [checks notes] ran 15 yards into the backfield in order to eventually toss a 7-yard touchdown pass. Incredible.
Everyone already knows Julio Jones ranks among the best offensive players in the league, but perhaps not everyone realizes to what degree he dominates. Jones has now gone over 1,400 receiving yards for the fifth-consecutive season, a first for the franchise. Not many players reach 1,400 receiving yards in a season, but Jones has managed to make it seem routine.
Josh Allen has delivered a strange rookie season, and nothing better encapsulates that weirdness like this stat:
With that throw, Rodgers broke the NFL record for most pass attempts without an interception (359).
Jordan Reed avoided injuries for much of the season, but he the end of the year hasn't proven as kind to the veteran tight end. Reed will miss the rest of the game with a foot injury. Given Washington's current 34-point deficit, only fantasy managers will complain.
Aaron Rodgers hasn't delivered his usual All-Pro play this season, but he still has pulled off a few magical plays. The latest defies traditional description.
11:03 a.m. - A LOT IS HAPPENING
A lot just happened in the NFL.
- Patrick Mahomes joined Dan Marino and Kurt Warner as the only first- or second-year quarterbacks with at least 4,000 passing yards and 40 touchdown throws in a season
For all the criticisms Eli Manning has received over the years, he has managed to stay on the field at a time when few other quarterbacks can say the same. That availability has allowed Manning to put up some lofty career numbers. On Sunday, the former Super Bowl MVP crossed the 55,000-yard threshold as a passer.
Miami currently leads 14-13.
Few had high hopes for the Sanchise era in Washington, and it didn't take long for the journeyman quarterback to live up to his reputation. Sanchez tossed a wildly inaccurate pass over the middle, an area where only the Giants could corral it. New York defensive back Curtis Riley intercepted the throw and walked it into the end zone. Fait accompli.
10:18 a.m. - Julio lifts off