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NFL scores and recaps for every Week 18 game

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PFF broke down the numbers immediately after every NFL Week 18 game, including scores, rookie standouts, offensive line performances and more.

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Kansas City Chiefs 31, Las Vegas Raiders 13

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Offensive spotlight: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes put an exclamation point on his MVP case against his division, finishing 18-of-26 for 202 yards and a touchdown en route to an 85.0-plus passing grade on first review. Additionally, Mahomes was credited with one big-time throw while avoiding any turnover-worthy plays in addition to picking up 29 yards on the ground. This may not have been Mahomes' most prolific performance, but he undoubtedly showed why he most view him as the NFL's best quarterback.

Defensive spotlight: Chiefs interior defender Chris Jones put the finishing touches on arguably the best season of his outstanding NFL career, generating nine total pressures and a sack en route to an impressive 29.0% pass-rush win rate against the Raiders. Jones also had an efficient performance against the run, totaling two run stops across just nine run-defense snaps.

Raiders edge defender Maxx Crosby played with full effort throughout the dame despite the blow, posting five total pressures and a sack en route to a 20.0% pass-rush win rate to cap his excellent season.

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Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Tennessee Titans 16

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Offensive spotlight: Titans quarterback Joshua Dobbs fared adequately in the loss on Saturday night, finishing 20-of-29 for 179 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also registered a big-time throw en route to a middling 65.0-plus passing grade on first review. He also ran the ball five times for 32 yards, picking up two first downs in the process.

Defensive spotlight: Jaguars edge defender Arden Key has an impressive and well-round performance against the Titans. As a pass-rusher. he finished with seven total pressures across only 20 pass-rush snaps en route to an outstanding 35.0% pass-rush win rate. Key also totaled two run stops across just 15 run-defense snaps to round out his efficient evening.

Jaguars edge defender Josh Allen also showed well, totaling six pressures and sack on his way to an excellent 28.0% pass-rush win rate. He also added four run stops against Tennessee.

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Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Cleveland Browns 14

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Offensive spotlight: Deshaun Watson’s performance down the stretch for Cleveland was underwhelming, particularly when you factor in what the Browns gave up to get him this offseason. Watson took eight sacks and was charged with three turnover-worthy plays and zero big-time throws against the Steelers. Pending review, that will leave him with just three big-time throws and eight turnover-worthy plays this season after returning from suspension.

Defensive spotlight: Pittsburgh’s starters on the outside at cornerback gave up very little against Watson and the Browns. As a unit, they were targeted five times and allowed just two receptions. Levi Wallace had as many interceptions (one) as targets, and James Pierre and Cameron Sutton combined for more forced incompletions (two) than receptions allowed (one) when lined up outside.

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Cincinnati Bengals 27, Baltimore Ravens 16

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Offensive spotlight: This marked just the third time all season that Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow finished a game with a completion percentage below 60%, coming in at 59.5% against the Ravens in a game where he had some poor misses. He did showcase his athleticism early in the game, though, with numerous plays where he avoided a sack under heavy pressure and did enough to help the Bengals to a lead that ultimately proved insurmountable.

Defensive spotlight: For the Bengals, this was a game they won on defense on the strength of turnovers. They picked off Anthony Brown twice — one off a dropped pass and the other from an off-target throw they pressured him into — and forced a fumble that was recovered in the end zone to go 24-7 up at halftime. The Ravens played tough on defense, laying some big hits and keeping the game competitive, but made some mistakes in coverage that created opportunities for the Bengals.

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Minnesota Vikings 29, Chicago Bears 13

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Offensive spotlight: A couple of backup running backs looked ready for a full-time role on Sunday. Alexander Mattison racked up 54 yards and two scores on 10 carries, while Khalil Herbert ran for 54 yards on 10 carries himself. Both are going to finish the season as two of the highest-graded backups in the league.

Defensive spotlight: Vikings CB Duke Shelley has been on an absolute tear ever since taking over as the full-time starter in Week 15. With two pass breakups on the day, Shelley now has six pass breakups over his last four games. He allowed only one catch for 20 yards across five targets in Week 18.

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Buffalo Bills 35, New England Patriots 23

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Offensive spotlight: Stefon Diggs once again tormented the Patriots, catching seven of the 10 passes thrown his way for 104 yards and a touchdown. Diggs averaged 3.25 yards per route run, and passes sent his way generated a 137.1 passer rating.

Defensive spotlight: Tre’Davious White had arguably his best game since returning from injury. He allowed just one catch for 10 yards and tallied an interception.

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Miami Dolphins 11, New York Jets 6

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Offensive spotlight: Raheem Mostert had some extremely tough carries at critical moments for Miami, grinding out 71 yards on 11 carries, 42 of which came after contact.

Defensive spotlight: Jaelan Phillips was a dominant force on the edge for Miami, racking up pressure on 33.3% of his rushes to lead the team.

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Atlanta Falcons 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

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Offensive spotlight: Falcons rookie wide receiver Drake London earned an 88.1 PFF grade on first review. He hauled in six of his eight targets for 120 yards.

Defensive spotlight: Bucs defensive tackle Akiem Hicks graded above 70.0 both as a pass-rusher and as a run defender. He recorded one pressure and one sack on the day.

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Carolina Panthers 10, New Orleans Saints 7

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Offensive spotlight: Saints running back Alvin Kamara was the top offensive performer in the contest, earning an 88.9 overall grade and an 88.3 rushing grade on first review. He finished the game with 107 rushing yards on 23 carries with seven missed tackles forced.

Defensive spotlight: Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu recorded one forced fumble and one interception, all while giving up zero catches in coverage.

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Houston Texans 32, Indianapolis Colts 31

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Offensive spotlight: In maybe his last opportunity before the Texas attempt to draft his replacement, QB Davis Mills put forth an up-and-down performance. He finished 23-of-39 for 300 yards with three scores, two picks, two big-time throws and two turnover-worthy plays.

Defensive spotlight: After a breakout second season, Jonathan Greenard’s third year hasn’t quite gone to plan. That’s why it was nice to see him go out on a bit of a high note going into a contract year in 2023 — his pick-six in the second quarter set the tone for the game.

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San Francisco 49ers 38, Arizona Cardinals 13

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Offensive spotlight: Tight end George Kittle continued his run of fine form, catching four of his six targets for 29 yards, two scores and one first down. He was targeted on a quarter of his routes and generated a 100.0-plus passer rating for the eighth time this season.

Defensive spotlight: J.J. Watt finished with two sacks and one QB hurry across his 23 pass-rush snaps, bringing his career to an end in a way only he could. The veteran will end his final campaign with a pass-rush grade above 70.0 for the 10th time in his storied career.

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Washington Commanders 26, Dallas Cowboys 6

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Offensive spotlight: The Commanders may just have something in rookie wideout Jahan Dotson. The Penn State product caught three of his four targets for 72 yards and three first downs on Sunday, with 49 of his yards coming after the catch.

Defensive spotlight: Cornerback Kendall Fuller made up for an early dropped interception with a pick-six that set the tone for the rest of the game. Per PFF's first-run analysis, Fuller was targeted seven times in coverage, but he didn't allow a single catch.

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Seattle Seahawks 19, Los Angeles Rams 16

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Offensive spotlight: Seahawks rookie Kenneth Walker III outdueled the Rams' Cam Akers on the ground, although both passed the century mark. Walker accrued 94 of his 114 rushing yards after contact, compared to 57 out of 104 for Akers. Walker also forced five missed tackles on 29 carries, while Akers tallied two on 21 attempts.

Defensive spotlight: Jalen Ramsey is set to edge out Quandre Diggs for the top coverage grade in this game, pending review. Ramsey allowed three catches on six targets for just 33 yards, not to mention his two interceptions.

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Philadelphia Eagles 22, New York Giants 16

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Offensive spotlight: A.J. Brown continues to make good on the Eagles' trade for him. The fourth-year receiver caught four of his 10 targets for 95 yards. Brown finishes the season with 2.6 yards per route run, trailing only Tyreek Hill and Justin Jefferson.

Defensive spotlight: Eagles linebacker Kyzir White was flying around the field in coverage. The former Los Angeles Charger forced two incompletions and made five coverage stops while allowing only nine yards in coverage.

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Denver Broncos 31, Los Angeles Chargers 28

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Offensive spotlight: Jerry Jeudy was a big-play receiver all day against the Chargers. The third-year receiver caught five of his six targets for 154 yards, averaging an absurd 30.8 yards per catch.

Defensive spotlight: Joey Bosa dominated on limited snaps for the Chargers, as he picked up a sack and four pressures on just eight pass-rushing snaps. The seventh-year edge defender also had a 50% pass-rush win rate in the game.

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Detroit Lions 20, Green Bay Packers 16

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Offensive Spotlight: Lions running back Jamaal Williams ran for two touchdowns to break Barry Sanders’ longstanding single-season rushing touchdown record.

Both of Williams’ touchdowns came from the one-yard line. His 10 rushing touchdowns from inside the one are the second-most PFF has on record (since 2006), behind only LeGarrette Blount in 2016.

Defensive Spotlight: Interior defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs was a secret superstar in this contest. He totaled seven tackles (including five defensive stops) on 22 run snaps.

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