Only two games to watch this weekend, and really only one of them was worth tuning into. The Eagles, thanks to two 49er QB injuries, easily dispatched of San Francisco. The Chiefs/Bengals game was a much closer game, and although marred by a bit of controversy, ended in spectacular fashion.
Let’s recap each game and the fantasy-relevant players in each contest.
San Francisco vs Philadelphia (7-31)
I don’t know why the 49ers have such an injury bug issue, but man did it come at the worst time. The 49ers lost Brock Purdy early with an elbow injury, and backup Josh Johnson exited shortly after with a concussion.
That left Purdy, who legit couldn’t throw a ball, to try and somehow keep the 49ers alive. Well as you can imagine, that didn’t go well. The Eagles simply ran all over the 49ers knowing they couldn’t throw the ball. Purdy would later be diagnosed with a torn ligament in his elbow.
The lone bright spot on the 49ers was Christian McCaffery , who rushed 15 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 22 yards. Both George Kittle and Deebo Samuel were held to just three catches for under 35 yards.
As for the Eagles, Jalen Hurts definitely didn’t have a good day stats-wise, but he genuinely didn’t need it. He finished with 121 yards through the air and 39 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott both scored, and Kenneth Gainwell led the rushers with 48 yards.
Obviously A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith disappointed, but as I said before they simply weren’t needed for the Eagles to win.
The Eagles now get a Super Bowl matchup with the Chiefs.
Cincinnati vs Kansas City (20-23)
Whether or not you think this game was officiated well, you have to admit pushing Patrick Mahomes while out of bounds was a bad decision. That gave the Chiefs enough yardage to kick a game-winning field goal with only 3 seconds remaining.
Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a victory thanks to his 326 yards and two touchdowns. The run game was basically a nothingburger, as Isiah Pacheco only managed 26 yards on 10 carries. He did, however, catch five passes for 59 yards.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling led the Chiefs in receiving with 116 yards and a touchdown on six catches. He was followed by Travis Kelce , who caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. There really were no other players to do much on the Kansas City side in this one.
As for the Bengals, their run game also struggled in this one. Joe Burrow actually led the rushing with 30 yards on the ground, followed by Semaje Perine . Joe Mixon only carried the ball eight times for 19 yards, and caught three passes for 15 yards. Burrow threw for 270 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
The Bengals were led by Tee Higgins , who caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Ja’Marr Chase had six catches for 75 yards, and Tyler Boyd exited early after catching two passes for 40 yards. Hayden Hurst , who had a solid showing to finish the year, caught four passes for 37 yards.
The Chiefs now get the Eagles, and hopefully will the extra week off will help Mahomes heal his ankle.
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