NFL Week 16 Top Plays: Rams, Bucs, Bills earn big wins; Steelers-Chiefs in action


Week 16 of the NFL season continues Sunday with a slew of can’t-miss matchups.

In the early slate, the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were among those to earn big victories.

In the afternoon slate, the Chicago Bears are taking on the Seattle Seahawks on an unusually cold Seattle day. 

Elsewhere, the Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Denver Broncos battle the Las Vegas Raiders.

In Sunday’s finale, the Washington Football Team is in Dallas to take on the Cowboys (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).

Here are the top moments from Week 16.

Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks

Snow problem

Just because it was snowing in Seattle didn’t mean the Seahawks couldn’t air it out. Russell Wilson connected on a 41-yard bomb with DK Metcalf to get the scoring started.

Ground game

While the Seahawks found the end zone through the air, the Bears decided to try their luck on the ground, tying the game with a David Montgomery rushing touchdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

Just keep pushing

Two Steelers hit Clyde Edwards-Helaire, neither brought him down, and the result was a touchdown for the Chiefs.

Streaking defense

For the 10th consecutive game, the Chiefs recorded an interception, this one coming from Charvarius Ward.

Two for one

The Chiefs added a second touchdown in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead behind a hookup between Patrick Mahomes and Byron Pringle.

Contested catches

The Steelers were down big early, but Chase Claypool was doing his part to try and get them back into the game with consecutive tough catches to move the chains in the second quarter.

The route is on

Mecole Hardman joined in on the fun for the Chiefs in the second quarter, scoring a red zone touchdown to extend their lead to 23-0 over the Steelers.

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders

Patience is key

There weren’t any point scored between the Broncos and Raiders in the first quarter, but there were signs of life in the second.

Derek Carr connected with Hunter Renfrow to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Defense into offense

The Broncos offense spent the majority of the first half sputtering, so naturally, their defense gave them a boost.

Bradley Chubb intercepted Carr to put the Broncos in scoring position, where they would eventually take a 13-7 lead into the half.

Buffalo Bills 33, New England Patriots 21

4th & Go

Teams are going for it on fourth own more and more in this age’s analytics-driven game. The Bills opted for the numbers on their first drive into the red zone, striking first with this Josh Allen dime to Isaiah McKenzie.

Turbocharged

Damien Harris hit an extra gear to plow his way into the end zone to tie it at 7-7 for the Pats.

Multifaceted 

The best part of Josh Allen’s game differs depending on who you ask. On this play, he showed why some folks think it’s his running ability.

Right place, right time

That’s exactly what Micah Hyde was on this critical pick late in the second.

I can Digg it 

Boy is it hard to stop Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.

Double-dose!

Welcome back to the end zone, Damien Harris.

1 … 2 …

Guess who for New England?

Never a question 

On Buffalo’s next drive, it opted to go for it on another 4th down. Sean McDermott put the ball in Josh Allen’s hands … And he delivered.

This would be the finishing touch on a 33-21 win for the Bills to put them in first-place in the AFC East.

Los Angeles Rams 30, Minnesota Vikings 23

Spin cycle!

LA’s Sony Michel made something from nothing to find the end zone on this whirlwind play.

Never a bad time

Any time a defense can get a takeaway, it’s a good thing. Despite allowing the Vikes to push their way into the red zone, L.A. thwarted their scoring attempt with a clutch interception from Travin Howard.

Barred!

“Don’t try it, Matthew Stafford” — Anthony Barr, probably.

Double-barred

Barr had Stafford in lockdown:

Minnesota followed the INT up with an Alexander Mattison TD:

He’s got blockers …

Brandon Powell Injected the Rams with life on this big punt return TD.

Get griddy with it!

Normally when you see the “griddy” dance, it’s Justin Jefferson who’s doing the celebration. This time, Odell Beckham Jr. got in on the party after hauling in TD grab for L.A.

Big play Kirk 

Cousins looked like a consummate captain on Minnesota’s next drive. He found K.J. Osborn at the goal line to bring the Vikes within a score.

The Rams would eventually hold on to win 30-23 and clinch their spot in the NFC playoffs while also moving into first place in the NFC West.

Cincinnati Bengals 41, Baltimore Ravens 21

Flock to the end zone

Hey, Josh Johnson, welcome back to the starting lineup!

Touchdown machine

Joe Mixon sniffed his way past the pylon, using his hyper end-zone-sensing capabilities on this play for Cincy:

Deuces!

Goodbye, Tyler Boyd!

Mixon ’em up

Make that two for Mixon.

Tee it up!

Joe Burrow on this throw: “Tee’s down there somewhere.”

It was only right that Higgins pulled in the ensuing TD grab.

Keepin’ it consistent

Another Sunday, another Mark Andrews TD. It’s like clockwork.

Ochocinco 

Higgins…



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