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NFL Week 16 Highlights: Notable grades from the weekend's games

2W96A80 Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (2) gestures as Houston Texans cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (24) covers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Amari Cooper sets the Browns' receiving yardage record: Cleveland’s top wide receiver lit up the stat sheet in the team's Week 16 win, amassing 265 receiving yards.

Kyle Hamilton dominates again: The standout defensive back recorded two interceptions in the Ravens' Week 16 win over the 49ers.

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Every Monday, we’ll bring you five key storylines borne out by PFF's grades and data. Here’s what stood out in Week 16.

WR Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns

PFF Grade: 94.9

Cooper was utterly dominant in Week 16, setting a franchise record with 265 receiving yards in the game. He ran a route on 38 snaps, averaged 6.97 yards per route run, pulled in three contested catches and picked up a first down or scored a touchdown on all 11 of his receptions.

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QB Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns

PFF Grade: 91.5

The former Super Bowl MVP rolled back the years with his best performance in a Browns jersey in a win over the Texans. Across 42 dropbacks, Flacco completed 27 passes for 368 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He finished the game with four big-time throws and just one turnover-worthy play.

CB Brian Branch, Detroit Lions

PFF Grade: 88.0

The 46th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft had his best game in the NFL to date as the Lions clinched the NFC North. He did give up a career-high 82 yards in coverage, but just 28 of those yards came after the catch. Branch also notched an interception and a forced fumble.

S Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore Ravens

PFF Grade: 91.5

The Ravens' Swiss Army knife defensive back was once again one of the best players on the field in the team's win over the San Francisco 49ers on the road on Monday Night Football. Hamilton allowed three receptions for 12 yards on six throws into his primary coverage and recorded two interceptions, a pass breakup and a tackle resulting in a defensive stop.

DI Christian Barmore, New England Patriots

PFF Grade: 91.8

In his third season out of Alabama, Barmore is in the midst of the best stretch of his career, earning three 85.0-plus PFF grades in the past five games. On Sunday Night Football, he was a force up front for the Patriots, racking up three sacks, a hit and a hurry from 41 pass-rushing snaps. He also forced a fumble and finished the game with five total tackles resulting in a defensive stop.


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