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Cyclones in the NFL: Week 17

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Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar stiff-arms an Oklahoma defender after catching a pass during the game against Oklahoma on Oct. 3, 2020 at Jack Trice Stadium.

Breece Hall

Hall was once again one of the few players who played a major factor in the Jets’ offense, as he led the team in both carries (13) and receptions (nine). This would make it the second straight week that Hall would lead the Jets in both categories despite this game resulting in a loss.

In the Jets’ loss to the Cleveland Browns, Hall finished the game with 84 yards on the ground and 42 yards as a receiver, one of his catches ended up resulting in a New York score. Despite already being eliminated from playoff contention, Hall has continued to be a shining star in an underwhelming New York season.

Brock Purdy

Following one of the worst performances that Purdy had put up in his young career, he looked to rebound in the 49ers’ matchup against the Washington Commanders. Purdy did just that, as he posted a 124.7 passer rating while throwing for 230 yards and three touchdowns in San Francisco’s 27-10 win over Washington. 

With this performance against the Commanders, Purdy officially made his way into 49ers history, as he passed Jeff Garcia for the most franchise passing yards in a single season with 4,280. As San Francisco looks to run the table for a potential Super Bowl appearance, the 49ers will continue to look for Purdy to help lead them to another potential franchise championship. 

David Montgomery

Montgomery finished with the most rushing yards in the Lions’ heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, as he finished the game with 65 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. 

This would make it Montgomery’s 10th game this season with at least one touchdown, bringing him to 12 total touchdowns, which is more than twice the amount he had last season in Chicago. 

Even while being out carried by rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs, Montgomery still continued to get the hard yardage that has helped Detroit this season thus far.

Charlie Kolar

Kolar came up with his first career touchdown catch in the Ravens’ dominating 56-19 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. The catch came late in the game when backup quarterback Tyler Huntley tossed the 19-yard touchdown to Kolar with under three minutes left in the game to end Baltimore’s offensive onslaught.

The touchdown catch was the only catch Kolar had on the day, but he also made an impact on the special teams unit with one solo tackle in his 21 snaps with the unit. It was expected for Kolar to have limited targets on the Ravens’ offense with Isaiah Likely getting more of those reps, but Kolar still found a way to score his first-ever NFL touchdown in his second season in the league.

Xavier Hutchinson

Hutchinson had a limited role in the Texans’ offense during their 26-3 win over the Titans on Sunday, as he only caught two passes for eight yards during his 26 snaps on the offense.

This was also the first game back for Houston’s young standout quarterback C.J. Stroud after suffering from a concussion injury but did not use Hutchinson much in their chase for a playoff berth.

Kene Nwangwu

Nwangwu made his impact felt in the return game during the Vikings’ 33-10 loss to Green Bay, as he returned six kickoffs for a total of 166 yards. After dealing with injuries and limited playing time during Minnesota’s season, Nwangwu took advantage of the opportunities he got to return the kickoffs that helped set up the Vikings in good field position during the game.

His six attempts tie the most he has had in an NFL game, while his 166 yards earned from those six attempts are his second most in a game, with the most being back in his rookie season when he had 171 return yards against the San Francisco 49ers.

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