The Newsroom reviews Round 17 NFL results.
49ers win thriller in San Francisco
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the St Louis Rams 19-16 in overtime to round out their season. Jarryd Hayne sat on the bench until the final two minutes, taking the field to make just one tackle. The Rams started proceedings with a 33-yard three-point field goal to Greg Zuerlin. In the second quarter the 49ers Anquan Boldin scored a swift touchdown from a 33-yard pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers then slotted a field goal to lead 10-3 but the Rams came back strongly to lead at half-time (16-10). The second half was like a penalty shoot-out with both sides scoring scoring field goals only. Punt kicker Phil Dawson snapped the winning the field goal for the 49ers in overtime. San Francisco’s next taste of live football will be when it hosts the league final – Super Bowl 50 – on February 8.
As was widely expected, the 49ers relieved Jim Tomsula of his duties as head coach after the match against the Rams. His team won only won five games in a lacklustre season.
Dolphins upset the Patriots
The Miami Dolphins beat the reigning champions, the New England Patriots, 20-10 in Miami. At half-time the Dolphins led the Patriots 10-3; Ryan Tannehill produced 25 completed passes for 350 yards. The Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady was sacked twice as his team failed to clinch the number one seeding in the AFC playoffs. Brady was then benched to avoid injury as the finalists head into next week’s playoffs. Brady threw a season low 21 passes, completing just 12 for 134 yards. The win capped a tumultuous year for the Dolphins, who are searching for a new general manager after Dennis Hickey quit the post last weekend.
Bengals roar over the Ravens
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-16 in Cincinnati to earn momentum heading into the playoffs next week. The Ravens led 9-7 at half-time but the Bengals came back steaming after a spray from their coach, scoring 17 points. The Bengals’ interim quarterback AJ McCarran threw two touchdowns, overcoming a shaky start to his game. His best pass flew 38 yards for Jeremy Hill to catch cleanly on his chest and score.
Other scores for the round:
Houston Texans defeated Jacksonville Jaguars 30-6
Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Cleveland Browns 28-12
Buffalo Bills defeated New York Jets 22-17
Indianapolis Colts defeated Tennessee Titans 30-24
Washington Redskins defeated Dallas Cowboys 34-23
New Orleans Saints defeated Atlanta Falcons 20-17
Detroit Lions defeated Chicago Bears 24-20
Philadelphia Eagles defeated New York Giants 35-30
Carolina Panthers defeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-10
Kansas City Chiefs defeated Oakland Raiders 23-17
Denver Broncos defeated San Diego Chargers 27-20
Seattle Seahawks defeated Arizona Cardinals 36-6
Minnesota Vikings defeated Green Bay Packers 20-13
The teams that will contest the play-offs are the Chiefs, the Bengals, the Texans, the Steelers, the Seahawks, the Vikings, the Packers and the Redskins. – Jesse Mullens