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Hawks in the NFL: Week 16

December 24, 2018

Written by Sean Neugent

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Several former Hawks are in position to head to the playoffs, while two have also been selected to the Pro Bowl this year.

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Let’s span the NFL:

Ravens 22, Chargers 10: CB Desmond King forced four tackles in the loss. He also had two kick returns for 45 yards and two punt returns for 33 yards. The Chiefs lost on Sunday Night Football, which would have put the Chargers in the drivers seat for first place and home field advantage in the AFC playoff picture. Despite the same record, Kansas City holds the tiebreaker heading into the last game of the season. They will need to win and Chiefs to lose to win the West. At minimum, they have locked down the No. 1 Wild Card spot.

Additionally, King was snubbed from the Pro Bowl and fans were not happy about it.

For the Ravens, OG Marshal Yanda was named to his seventh Pro Bowl. He was one of three Ravens voted in.

“To me this is not an individual award,” says Yanda. “In football, you never do anything alone. We do everything as a team, and I consider this a team award. That being said, I don’t take the honor for granted. Thank you to my teammates and coaches for pushing me to be the best I can be. Thank you to our fans and the opposing coaches and players who voted for me. With the injury last year, it was very hard for me not being out there with my brothers, and it has been a long road back this season. I am so thankful to be playing this great game I love and grateful to be a part of this incredible organization.”

With the win and Steelers loss, Baltimore is now in first place in the AFC North.

Vikings 27, Lions 9: DT Jaleel Johnson had one tackle for loss in the victory. Offensively, OT Riley Reiff allowed a sack, but helped keep QB Kirk Cousins mostly upright on his way to a three-touchdown day. Should Minnesota win their finale, they will punch their ticket to a Wild Card berth.

Patriots 24, Bills 12: New England’s dominance over the AFC East continues after they won their 10th consecutive AFC East title on Sunday. DE Adrian Clayborn was put on the Patriots healthy inactive list. He has not recorded a sack in the last five games.

For the Bills, S Micah Hyde and the defense bottled up the Patriots passing game. QB Tom Brady only threw for 126 yards, one touchdown and threw two picks. Hyde recorded eight tackles, including a half tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

One offense, rookie Ike Boettger saw some time at left guard. He came in for Wyatt Teller, who was not injured. As a bad season wraps up, the Bills are looking to see what they have in Boettger.

Packers 44, Jets 38 (OT): CB Josh Jackson had one pass defensed in the overtime win in New York. Overall, the Packers defense played lousy in allowing rookie QB Sam Darnold to throw for 341 yards and three touchdowns.

Here is the nice breakup from Jackson: https://twitter.com/RossUglem/status/1077269667973079042

OT Bryan Bulaga was back after missing a few games due to injury. Jets DE Leonard Williams threw a punch at Bulaga, who was on the turf before stepping over him. QB Aaron Rodgers was quick to have Bulaga’s back, but officials quickly separated the players. Williams said he overreacted to extra grabbing and hands after the play, and Bulaga didn’t say anything.

Rams 31, Cardinals 9: The NFC West champs are back on the winning side after hammering the woeful Cardinals. Unfortunately, OG Austin Blythe did not make the Pro Bowl despite a tremendous year. He will likely settle for a bye in the first round of the NFC playoffs.

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Bears 14, 49ers 9: TE George Kittle led the 49ers with seven catches on 12 targets for 74 yards. He also was named to the Pro Bowl roster last week, his first honor in only his second season.

CB Greg Mabin did not record any tackles, but did recover a fumble in the game. The fumble occurred when WR Allen Robinson tried to make a bigger play, but should have just gone down as the Bears could have ran out the clock. The recovery gave the 49ers a shot with 1:52 remaining, but San Francisco could not take advantage.

For the Bears, OG James Daniels and his offensive line struggled to open holes for the run game, which averaged 3.2 yards per carry. Winners of the NFC North, Chicago has locked up the three spot in the NFC.

Seahawks 38, Chiefs 31: A great game that felt like a potential Super Bowl matchup, the Chiefs came up just short. The Chiefs will need to win this weekend to lock up the AFC West. LB Anthony Hitchens had 12 tackles, including a half tackle for loss, while rookie LB Ben Niemann added one tackle.

Raiders 27, Broncos 14: LB Josey Jewell led the Broncos with six tackles on Monday Night Football.

Injuries: DE Mike Daniels, Packers (out for season), LB Christian Kirksey, Browns (out for season), OG Brandon Scherff, Redskins (out for season)

HawkeyeNation.com’s Week 16 Game Ball:

TE George Kittle who gave the 49ers a fighter’s chance against a very good Bears defense. He has been Mr. Consistent in 2018.

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HawkeyeNation.com Game Balls:

Week 1: George Kittle, 49ers

Week 2: Josh Jackson, Packers

Week 3: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 4: C.J. Beathard, 49ers

Week 5: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 6: Desmond King, Chargers

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Week 7: Jaleel Johnson, Vikings

Week 8: Brandon Scherff, Redskins

Week 9: Desmond King, Chargers

Week 10: Ben Niemann, Chiefs

Week 11: Bye Week

Week 12: James Daniels, Bears

Week 13: Desmond King, Chargers

Week 14: George Kittle, 49ers

Week 15: Marshal Yanda, Ravens

Week 16: George Kittle, 49ers

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