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Cyclones in the NFL: Week 16

Zach Netteland/Iowa State Daily
Breece Hall has the potential to be Iowa State’s second first-round pick in program history.

Breece Hall

Although the Jets are out of the playoff race, Hall has continued his growth in production and had a career day in their 30-28 win over the Commanders on Sunday. For the first time in his short career, he rushed for two touchdowns, one of which was on a 36-yard electric sprint early in the first quarter, setting the tone for his day.

Along with leading the way for the Jets on the ground, his presence was heavily felt in the receiving game. Hall finished the game as the Jets’ leading receiver with the most catches he has had in a game (12) for 96 yards.

Hall finished the game with 191 total scrimmage yards, the second most he has had this season, and showed off his play-making abilities on the myriad of opportunities he received.

David Montgomery

For the ninth game this season, Montgomery found the endzone for the Lions during their historic division-clinching 30-24 win over the Vikings. He is now up to 11 rushing touchdowns this season and continues to put up career-high numbers in his first season in Detriot.

Montgomery finished the game with 55 rushing yards on 17 carries and added 14 yards in the receiving department. He is now over the 900 rushing-yard mark this season, the second time he has done so in his career.

Brock Purdy

In a battle between the top teams in their respective conferences, Purdy did not deliver against the Ravens on Christmas night. He and the 49ers got off to a bad start when Purdy was picked off on their opening drive, and the game continued to spiral for him from there.

Purdy threw three more interceptions before exiting the game midway through the fourth quarter, but by then the game was already far out of the 49ers’ reach. Throughout the game Purdy was a touch late on his throws, had a few batted into the air, and could not figure out how to get the offense going.

He had his second career start without a passing touchdown and completed 56% of his passing attempts, his second-lowest completion percentage of the season. He set himself far back in the MVP race and failed to show what he and the offense can do against a top-seeded team in the AFC.

Charlie Kolar

While his old college teammate did not have his best day, Kolar recorded the longest catch of his career on his 17-yard reception late in the first half. That catch helped the Ravens end up getting in field goal range to go up 16-12 at halftime and was all the action Kolar recorded that night.

Due to the absence of fellow Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, Kolar has seen more time on the field including a pair of starts this season. The second-year tight end now has three catches for 45 yards this season on the top team in the AFC.

Anthony Johnson Jr.

In his fourth start of the season, Johnson was tied for the most total tackles for the Packers defense in their 33-30 win on the road against the Panthers. Six of his eight tackles were solo wrap-ups, which is the second most he has had during his rookie year.

Johnson played all of the Packers’ 66 defensive snaps on Sunday, and although Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young had a career day, Green Bay escaped a near comeback loss. Johnson now has 23 total tackles in his 10 games played this season and has served as a serviceable defensive back in the injury riddled Packer defense.

Xavier Hutchinson

For the third time in his last four games, Hutchinson recorded a catch, this one for 18 yards in the Texans’ 36-22 loss at home against the Browns. The catch came on an eventual touchdown drive by the Texans midway through the fourth quarter, but by that point in the game, Cleveland had taken firm control.

With an injury to rookie quarterback CJ Stroud, Hutchinson has been playing with Case Keenum and Davis Mills as the Texans continue to hold on for a playoff spot.

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