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What We Learned From Week 13 in the N.F.L.

Not that Bears followers wanted any extra salt in their wounds, however it’s price noting that 9 years in the past they drafted Boise State outdoors linebacker Shea McClellin nineteenth general as a substitute of Jones, who went two picks later to the New England Patriots. McClellin’s N.F.L. career ended in 2016.

The Cardinals’ administration of their roster, particularly in distinction with the Bears, has Arizona in the driver’s seat heading into the closing leg of the common season.

Props to Coach John Harbaugh for giving his Baltimore Ravens (8-4) an opportunity to win on the closing play of Sunday’s recreation by going for a 2-point conversion. Down, 20-19, at the finish of a pulsating affair, the play name was excellent, however Lamar Jackson simply missed tight finish Mark Andrews on an out route, and the (*13*) Steelers obtained an emotional win.

Surprise, shock — the Steelers are nonetheless in the playoff hunt, with the win placing them in preventing position for a wild-card spot. Perhaps no workforce in the N.F.L. has epitomized simply how wacky this season has been fairly like (*13*). Its flatline moments have been dangerous sufficient — that time beyond regulation tie with the Detroit Lions in November, for one; an embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Bengals per week in the past — that the Ben Roethlisberger period seemed to be nearing an finish: Now 39, he reportedly told former teammates final week that this will probably be his closing season.

The Steelers entered Sunday on a two-game dropping streak and with their hobbled quarterback wanting his age. Two of the workforce’s former gamers, Ryan Clark and Ryan Shazier, had publicly ripped the present workforce and, oddly sufficient, Coach Mike Tomlin appeared to agree with their assessments.

None of that mattered towards Baltimore. With a livid 17-point fourth quarter, (*13*) upset the A.F.C. North-leading Ravens. And at 6-5-1, the Steelers are nipping at the Denver Broncos’ heels for that closing playoff spot.

Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson performed, bouncing again from a dropped landing earlier in the recreation to complete with eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. His second rating, a 5-yard catch on third-and-goal with 1:48 to go, proved to be the game-winner.

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