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NFL Week 16 Highlights: Notable grades from the weekend

Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) scores a touchdown during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

• San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle: He delivered his first 100-plus-yard performance of the season with two touchdowns against the Commanders.

• Kansas City Chiefs DI Chris Jones: He dominated against the Seattle Seahawks, producing a 45.0% pass-rush win rate.

• San Francisco 49ers EDGE Nick Bosa: He produced his highest-graded performance of the season, earning a 92.2 PFF grade.

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We will be checking in on PFF grades and data each Monday when the grades go live, highlighting some of the interesting performances from Sunday’s action.

Here are the top stories from Week 16.


TE George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

PFF grade: 95.6

Kittle had a huge game at tight end for the San Francisco 49ers in their win over the Washington Commanders. He caught all six targets thrown his way for 120 yards, with five of those six catches resulting in a first down or touchdown and a pair of missed tackles forced as a receiver.


WR DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

PFF grade: 90.1

The Eagles lost to the Cowboys on Christmas Eve, but Smith put forth a huge game in a losing effort. He caught all eight catchable targets thrown his way for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with another five of those receptions resulting in a first down. His four plays of 15-plus yards on receptions were tied for the second-most among players in the NFL this week.


DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF grade: 92.5

The Chiefs roared on in their battle with the Buffalo Bills for the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Chris Jones was a big part of their win. From 40 pass-rushing snaps, he racked up a sack, three hits and five hurries, with another nine pass-rush wins that didn’t happen quickly enough to result in a pressure. That led to a 45.0% pass-rush win rate, the highest of all players to rush the passer at least 20 times this week.


EDGE Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

PFF Grade: 92.2

Bosa roared into the Defensive Player of the Year conversation with another standout performance on the defensive line for the San Francisco 49ers. He was on the field for just 26 pass-rushing snaps, registering two sacks, two hits and four hurries, good for a 91.9 pass-rush grade that trailed only Chris Jones among all defensive players this week.


EDGE Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

PFF grade: 91.4

Danielle Hunter has delivered an impressive season in 2022, but Sunday was arguably his best performance of the season. On the field for 44 pass-rushing snaps, he racked up seven total pressures. Three of those pressures were sacks, and he added a forced fumble for good measure. Through 16 weeks of the season, Hunter has now racked up 12 sacks.

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