The 2022-23 NFL regular season comes to a close Sunday with a jam-packed Week 18 slate — and we’ve got you covered from start to finish with every must-see moment from around the league.
The stakes are high, as there is one more playoff berth up for grabs in both the AFC and the NFC.
Here are the top plays from Sunday’s slate!
All comes down to this
The Patriots can clinch the AFC’s third wild-card spot with a win Sunday. The only thing standing in their way? The Bills, which took the field for the first time since safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during Monday Night Football.
After having just one team practice this past week, the Bills came up huge on their first play of the game. Nyheim Hines took the kickoff 96 yards to the house, bringing Bills fans to their feet.
Bills in business
Buffalo tight end Dawson Knox came up with the go-ahead touchdown for the Bills early in the second quarter, as the home team took a 14-7 lead.
The Pats knotted things up once again after Jones tossed his second score of the first half, this time to DeVante Parker.
Falcons rookie tight end MyCole Pruitt came up with his third touchdown of the season late in the first quarter to knot things up. It was also rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder‘s first passing score of his NFL career.
Then, Atlanta took a three-point lead, 10-7, to close out the first quarter after adding a field goal on their next drive. Tampa Bay returned the favor with a field goal of its own midway through the second quarter to tie things up once again.
Just ahead of the break, Russell Gage reeled in a short touchdown pass from backup QB Blaine Gabbert, who checked in for Brady after the veteran signal-caller was taken out of the game, as the Bucs are already locked into the playoffs.
After the Bears went three-and-out on their opening drive, the Vikings capitalized on their first possession. Kirk Cousins connected with Adam Thielen on a short touchdown pass to put the road team on top early, 6-0.
Ground game strong
Not how they drew it up
Tim Boyle checked in for backup QB Nathan Peterman and immediately threw an interception on his first drive for Chicago. The turnover resulted in three quick points for the Vikings after a short field goal, extending the shutout to 16-0.
The Bears picked up their first points of the day on a reverse play from wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., who took off 42 yards for the score late in the second quarter. It was a 10-point game, 16-6, after a failed two-point attempt.
On a roll
The Texans jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead over the Colts after Davis Mills found Brandin Cooks for a touchdown on Houston’s first possession. Then, a costly Indianapolis fumble resulted in a short field goal for the road team.
Keeping it close
The Texans fumbled early in the second quarter, coughing up the ball in the red zone.
The Colts recovered, but things quickly took a turn. On the next play, Ehlinger’s pass was picked off by Houston’s Jonathan Greenard and returned 39 yards to the house. Just like that, The Texans took a double-digit lead, 17-7.
Finding a rhythm
The Bengals defense came up with its second interception of the game on the first play of the second quarter. The turnover resulted in six points, as Burrow tossed his 35th touchdown of the season — a Bengals single-season record.
Baltimore on the board
The Ravens punched in a touchdown, courtesy of Kenyan Drake, just ahead of the break to make it a 10-point game, 17-7.
The Ravens unraveled in the final minute of the first half, as third-string QB Anthony Brown fumbled the ball at the goal line, and Joseph Ossai recovered the ball in the end zone for the Bengals. Just like that, it was 24-7 headed into halftime.
The Steelers were this close to taking an early lead at home, but the Browns defense had other plans. Najee Harris was denied at the goal line, and lost the ball in the process, which Cleveland scooped up.
Browns bounce back
Browns tight end David Njoku came up with the first score of the day, cashing in for a 10-yard score late in the second quarter to give Cleveland a 7-0 edge.
Kenny Pickett put the Steelers on the board late in the second quarter, connecting with George Pickens for a 31-yard score to tie the game. Then, the home team added a field goal just ahead of the break to extend its lead, 10-7.
Meanwhile, in Miami …
The road team gained some momentum thanks to the fancy footwork from star rookie Garrett Wilson, who joins Saints wideout Olave as the first pair of receivers from the same school (Ohio State) to top 1,000 yards as rookies in NFL history.
The big gain helped move the Jets downfield and knock in a game-tying field goal just ahead of halftime.
Stay tuned for updates!
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET)
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (4:25 p.m. ET)
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (8:20 p.m. ET)
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