Green Bay (14-1) grabbed the home-field edge in the NFC with its win over Chicago on Sunday night.
That’s the simple stuff. As for the chaotic, well, just one look at the AFC wild-card race after Saturday’s results can make your head spin.
Suffice to say that the Bengals (9-6) are in control. But if they lose to Baltimore (11-4), which needs a victory to clinch the AFC North over Pittsburgh (also 11-4), it brings three other teams into play for the final AFC berth: Tennessee, Oakland and the New York Jets.
The Jets (8-7), like Philadelphia, are one of the NFL’s major flops this year. For much of the stretch drive, the Jets were in charge of the chase for the second AFC wild card. They kept messing up, though, and after Saturday’s ugly 29-14 loss to the Giants, they barely are relevant.
“We play this game to win the Super Bowl,” star cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “So even to be talking about that excites me, and I think it excites the team for us to go out there and try to win the Super Bowl. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about nothing else.”
Unless everyone else in the AFC wild-card scramble loses, Revis and company can forget the Super Bowl this winter.
Among the notable individual performance in Week 16:
_ Reggie Bush went over 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career, gaining 113 in Miami’s loss to New England.
_ The Rams’ Steven Jackson ran for 103 yards in a 27-0 loss to Pittsburgh to go over 1,000 on the season for the seventh straight year.
_ Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch scored the first TD rushing against San Francisco all season, a 4-yarder. It was the 11th straight game in which he had a touchdown.
_ 49ers kicker David Akers set an NFL record with 42 field goals for the season, including four in the 19-17 win at Seattle.
_ Carolina’s Cam Newton broke Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record for yards passing in a season with 3,893 as the Panthers routed Tampa Bay 48-16.
_ Denver’s Willis McGahee joined Ricky Watters as the only players to reach 1,000 yards rushing with three teams. He previously did it with Buffalo and Baltimore.