NFL Week 16 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Bears stun Seahawks with wild two-point conversion


It’s the 16th Sunday of the 2021 NFL season and we’re keeping you updated on all the action and biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 16 slate has some fantastic matchups and storylines, and we’re here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.

Schedule

Thursday

Titans 20, 49ers 18 (Recap)

Saturday

Packers 24, Browns 22 (Recap)Colts 22, Cardinals 16 (Recap)

Sunday 

Bengals 41, Ravens 21 (Recap)Bills 33, Patriots 21 (Takeaways)Falcons 20, Lions 16 (Recap)Jets 26, Jaguars 21 (Recap)Texans 41, Chargers 29 (Recap)Rams 30, Vikings 23 (Takeaways)Eagles 34, Giants 10 (Takeaways)Buccaneers 32, Panthers 6 (Recap)Bears 25, Seahawks 24 (Recap)Raiders 17, Broncos 13 (Takeaways)Chiefs 36, Steelers 10 (Takeaways)Washington at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (Preview)

Monday

Dolphins at Saints, 8:15 p.m. (Preview)

Wild finish! 

The Bears appeared dead midway through the fourth quarter. The Seahawks were lining up for a 39-yard field goal to go up 27-17, and with the way Chicago’s offense was playing, a double-digit deficit seemed too large to overcome. But then Jason Myers missed the attempt, and after the Bears turned the ball over on downs, they forced a punt to get the ball back with 2:56 to play. Six plays and 80 yards later, Nick Foles hit Jimmy Graham in double coverage on a third-and-14 to put Chicago within an extra point of tying the game.

Only at 4-10 and the season already lost, the Bears wanted to decide the contest in regulation and on their terms. That’s when Damiere Byrd made one of the catches of the year, skying above two defenders and getting his knee in bounds — while maintaining possession of the ball with ONE HAND — despite the Seahawks trying to carry him out of the end zone. 

There hasn’t been much to be excited about this season for Bears fans, but that 25-24 triumph is something they’ll surely remember.

Dippin’ and dunkin’

What a luxury it must be for Patrick Mahomes to complete a pass and watch his playmaker go to work. And I’m not talking about Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce. This time it was Byron Pringle, who made the catch at the nine-yard line, threw off one defender, ducked under another and then outran two more across the goal line. It was ALL Chiefs in Arrowhead.

Seattle responds!

The Seahawks wasted little time responded to Herbert’s too-easy touchdown run. It took all of four plays for Seattle to trek 61 yards and go back up by double digits on Russell Wilson’s 24-yard rope to Gerald Everett.

Herbie fully loaded

Rookie Khalil Herbert took the hand-off and exploded across the line of scrimmage like he was shot out of a cannon. No Seahawks defender could even get a finger on him as he burst through the left side and into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown.

Tip drill! 

The Broncos haven’t done much of anything offensively in the first half, yet they hold a 13-7 lead at halftime over the Raiders. Denver can thank Bradley Chubb for that, as he tipped Derek Carr’s pass to himself and then rumbled to the Las Vegas 1-yard line. On the next play, Javonte Williams crossed the goal line for the go-ahead score.

Chiefs dominating! 

Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Steelers in the first half. After a missed field goal — Chris Boswell’s first inside 40 yards in 44 tries — the Chiefs flew down the field and tacked on a third touchdown thanks to an impressive individual effort from Mecole Hardman.

Back-to-back beauties

In a first half the Chiefs have dominated, Chase Claypool is doing his best to build some momentum for the Steelers. Check out these contested catches on back-to-back plays. 

Carr (Ren)throws a TD

Regardless of opponent or situation, it always seems as if Derek Carr and Hunter Renfrow are on the same page. They hooked up for their sixth touchdown of the season on a good throw but an even better catch between a blanketed defender and the sideline.

DK TD

It’s a snow game in Seattle, but the Seahawks have not been afraid to air it out. Case in point: Russell Wilson’s renowned moon ball that (eventually) dropped right into the hands of DK Metcalf for as smooth of a touchdown as you’ll see.

525!

That’s how many yards Joe Burrow threw for in what was the game of his life against the Ravens. He was unstoppable as the Bengals dropped 41 points on the Ravens AGAIN to take over first place in the AFC North. Burrow’s 525 passing yards — which came on 37-of-46 passing and included four touchdowns — is the fourth-most single-game passing yards in NFL HISTORY. Unbelievable from Burrow in the Bengals’ biggest game in a while.

Texans’ pick-six!

Two straight wins for the Texans? TWO STRAIGHT WINS FOR THE TEXANS. The icing on the cake came in the final two minutes when Tavierre Thomas caught the errant pass from Justin Herbert and delivered it 49 yards for the score. Texans 41, Chargers 29.

Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson has accomplished a lot across his 110-career starts entering Sunday, but he had never made a catch. And not only did Johnson haul one in against the Giants, but it resulted in a touchdown! A fitting reward for a player who’s given so much to the Eagles organization the past nine seasons.

Game-sealing INT

The Lions ALMOST had it, but then Tim Boyle reminded us of the player who threw more than double the amount of interceptions (26) as touchdowns (12) in his college career. On first-and-goal from the nine-yard line, Boyle threw the ball right to the roaming linebacker, Foyesade Oluokun, to seal the Falcons’ 20-16 victory.

Another big-man TD! 

Conor McDermott saw fellow offensive lineman Will Richardson fall on a fumble for a touchdown, and he raised him by catching a touchdown pass later in the game. It wasn’t an easy snag, either. The 6-foot-8, 310-pound McDermott had to go up for it before falling back into the end zone for a play he’ll never forget.

Toe-drag TD

It just seems like DeVonta Smith always finds a way to get his feet in bounds, doesn’t it? The No. 10 overall pick did so again in the third quarter against the Giants for a four-yard touchdown that extended the Eagles lead.

The frisky Lions have once again been frisky, but the Falcons are holding them off — for now — thanks to a perfectly placed pass from Matt Ryan to Hayden Hurst for the 12-yard touchdown.

Punt return TD

We’ve already had a kick return TD in the early slate from Braxton Berrios, and now we’ve got a punt return score courtesy of the Rams’ Brandon Powell to give Los Angeles a 20-10 advantage. The Vikings’ punt unit might want to work on angles of pursuit in practice next week.

Int x3

Seems like a throw-out-the-tape game for Matthew Stafford, who’s tipped pass resulted in his third interception of the afternoon and led to the Vikings cutting the deficit to 13-10 early in the third quarter.

No Brandin Cooks, no problem for rookie Davis Mills. He’s greatly improved since being thrust into the starting role earlier in the season, and that improvement was on full display in the first half. Eleven completions on 13 attempts for Mills for 131 yards and this dime of a touchdown pass to Chris Conley.

Brady to Brate

If the Saints are Tom Brady’s kryptonite, the Panthers seem to be the antidote. The Bucs put up 19 points before halftime in Carolina, with the latest score being a four-yard TD pass from Brady to a WIDE OPEN Cameron Brate.

Punter throws a dime

Dan Campbell has nothing to lose, which is why after a false start on fourth-and-1, he brought the punt team out — and then FAKED THE PUNT. Jack Fox took the snap, set his feet and delivered a 21-yard strike to move the chains. The Lions capitalized by tacking on a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Tim Boyle to Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Kick return TD

Perhaps the most entertaining game of a stacked early slate is…Jaguars-Jets? Hear me out. It’s midway through the second quarter, and there’s already been an electric touchdown run from Zach Wilson, a fumble recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and now a 101-yard kickoff return (untouched!) from Braxton Berrios to give the Jets back the lead.

O-lineman TD!

No, Will Richardson did not catch a touchdown pass, but the fourth-year offensive tackle made a heady play nonetheless. Upon getting off the ground after making a block, he saw the ball knocked away from Trevor Lawrence and dove over a Jets defender to make the recovery in the end zone.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn?

Thrust into a complementary role with Leonard Fournette on injured reserve, second-year RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn took his first hand-off against the Panthers and was off to the races, winding and weaving for a 55-yard touchdown. It marked just his 12th carry of the season.

Zach Wilson looked as if he was going to dip out of bounds around the Jaguars’ 35-yard line, which froze a defender. He then tip-toed along the right sideline and made another defender look silly before crossing the goal line for a 52-yard score. In what’s been a rough rookie campaign for the No. 2 overall pick, this was definitely one of his biggest highlights.

Texans strike first

The Chargers have the fourth-worst rushing defense in the NFL, allowing 136.8 yards per game. The Texans racked up 44 on their opening drive Sunday, with Rex Burkhead gobbling up 37 of those yards and putting Houston ahead with a 25-yard score.

4th-down TD!

The Bills scored one touchdown in their 14-10 loss to the Patriots in Week 13. They scored their first fewer than 10 minutes into the game Sunday, as Josh Allen found Isaiah McKenzie on a fourth-and-2 strike to take the early lead in a monumental AFC East showdown.



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