Tennessee Titans 24, Indianapolis Colts 30
Ryan Succop ended his season with a perfect performance: one for one on field goals, and three for three on extra points. Succop finishes the season 14/16 on field goals and 29/31 on extra points. Succop's 16 attempts are the fewest he's ever taken in his career, though he finished the season with the best field goal percentage of his career (87.5%).
New York Jets 17, Buffalo Bills 22
No Antonio Allen all season means no stats for Antonio Allen. Good luck next year, bud! As for Stephon Gilmore, he finished the season on IR as well, but had good numbers for the year. Gilmore had 33 tackles, three interceptions, and a career-high 18 pass deflections.
New Orleans Saints 20, Atlanta Falcons 17
What a great year for Pro Bowl alternate Patrick DiMarco, even if the stat sheet doesn't show it. Patty D was a huge factor for Atlanta's running game and made people appreciate good blocking once again. DiMarco had one catch for seven yards in this final game, and finished the season with one carry for zero yards, and 13 catches for 110 yards, along with two touchdowns. Fun fact: nine of DiMarco's 13 catches were for first downs.
Baltimore Ravens 16, Cincinnati Bengals 24
Philadelphia Eagles 35, New York Giants 30
Jasper Brinkley ends his season with his hot streak in full force, leading the team with nine tackles, including one for a loss. After a rough, almost invisible first half, Brinkley has come on like gangbusters for the Giants. In total, Brinkley had 67 tackles, one sack, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
New England Patriots 10, Miami Dolphins 20
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears, Sunday, 1:00pm ET
In another case of a player coming on strong later in the season, Devin Taylor really proved his value to the Lions coming off the bench, and he continued to show that value in this game, with four tackles, including one for a loss, a QB hit, and a sack. Taylor finished his season with 35 tackles, seven sacks (!!!), and a forced fumble.
A player with less luck than Taylor was Alshon Jeffery, who was injured for this contest, in addition to many others. Even still, Jeffery led the team in receiving yards, and put up good numbers across the nine games he was healthy for. Alshon finished with 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns.
Washington Redskins 34, Dallas Cowboys 23
It felt to me like Chris Culliver had a greater impression on the season, but ultimately, only playing in six games impedes that quite a bit. Cully finished with 13 tackles and a pass deflection, ending his season on the IR.
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Cleveland Browns 12
Jacksonville Jaguars 6, Houston Texans 30
Another injury-spotted year for Jadeveon Clowney, but he still had his fair share of moments and big plays that reminded us of the man he can be on the football field. He finished the season with 27 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and six pass deflections.
Johnathan Joseph had a good year for himself, too, though not his flashiest. Joseph had 58 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
San Diego Chargers 20, Denver Broncos 27
Melvin Ingram had his peaks and valleys at points this season, but looking at the final result, you can't argue with his results. 63 tackles, a whopping 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and six pass deflections. That is what we like to call a monster, kids.
Darian Stewart was the big man on campus for the Broncos' secondary, leading the men in the backfield with his veteran experience, while having a dang good season himself. Stewart had 63 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Oakland Raiders 17, Kansas City Chiefs 23
St. Louis Rams 16, San Francisco 49ers 19
Hard to evaluate the Gamecocks on either of these teams, due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding their offenses, but bless their hearts, they tried. Well, Jared Cook mostly tried. Derided at times for his lack of effort, Cook could lead the team in receiving one game, then have no stats at all in the next game (like he did in this season finale). Cook's stats were his worst since his second NFL season, but even still, he put up fine numbers. Cook finished with 39 catches for 481 yards and zero touchdowns.
Mike Davis' mid-season hand injury may have kept him out of the 49ers revolving door of running back madness at times, but he got his carries, and from the way it sounds, he may get even more next season. He'll have to work a lot toward improving his yards per carry, as he finished the year with 58 yards on 35 carries, a pathetic 1.7 yards per carry. He did have seven catches for 38 yards, so that's got to count for something.
Bruce Ellington was also hampered plenty by the 49ers negative atmosphere, and wasn't given as many chances as he perhaps should have been. Still, Ellington was the regular return man for the team, and finished the season with a huge 44 yard reception against the Rams. Ellington had thirteen catches on the year for 153 yards, 19 punt returns for 137 yards, and 26 kick returns for 665 yards.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10, Carolina Panthers 38
Seattle Seahawks 36, Arizona Cardinals 6
It was a strange and probably unsatisfying year for D.J. Swearinger, but for him to end up getting snaps as a key defensive contributor for one of the best defenses in the NFL that's probably headed deep into the playoffs is not a bad thing by any means. Swearinger had three tackles in this game, and finished his year with 19 tackles, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and a pass deflection across 11 games in which he was active, though he didn't really play in most of those in Tampa.
Minnesota Vikings 20, Green Bay Packers 13
We close with the most vocal of the pro Gamecocks, Captain Munnerlyn. Munnerlyn had a huge bounce-back season, and took on a major locker room role for the young Vikings, particularly the inexperienced secondary. Munnerlyn talked the talk and walked the walk, finishing with 55 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and four pass deflections.