Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about Monday morning.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic came to an end. The Jets needed a win or a Steelers loss to get into the playoffs. They got neither. Fitzpatrick threw three fourth-quarter interceptions and none hurt more than the one into the end zone with less than 11 minutes to go and the Jets trailing 19-17. Just as it looked like the Jets would take the lead, Fitzpatrick threw a pass that never should have been thrown, right into the waiting hands of the defender.
Peyton Manning is back and the Broncos fans went nuts. Just when it looked like Peyton Manning may never play in another NFL game, the Broncos struggled with Brock Osweiler at quarterback, committing five turnovers and trailing 13-7 early in the second half. After just two offensive plays in the second half, the Broncos made the switch and brought Manning back in. The reaction from the crowd tells it all. The Broncos came back to win and clinch home field advantage.
You may never see a better play by a kicker. The Green Bay Packers’ hopes for winning the NFC North came up short when Aaron Rodgers’ latest Hail Mary throw landed incomplete. But the Packers would have never been in that position if not for Mason Crosby. After the Packers cut the lead to seven points, it looked like Cordarrelle Patterson was about to return the kick off for a touchdown when Crosby (No. 2) swooped in from behind and stripped the ball, forcing a turnover and keeping the Packers in the game.
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