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NFL Christmas Day top plays: Buccaneers-Cardinals; Rams, Packers win

Week 16 of the NFL season continues Sunday — and we’ve got you covered with all the action from the three-game Christmas Day slate! Currently, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are battling the Trace McSorley-led Arizona Cardinals to close things out.

Earlier, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers upset Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins on the road at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. Trailing 20-13 at halftime, the Packers scored 16 unanswered points in the second half as Tagovailoa threw an interception on the Dolphins’ final three drives.

Elsewhere, Baker Mayfield and the Los Angeles Rams dominated the Denver Broncos at home in LA by 30-plus points.

Here are the top plays from Sunday’s slate!

Tampa Bay Buccanners at Arizona Cardinals


The Cardinals came up with a sneaky play on fourth-and-2, picking up a crucial first down early in the first quarter.

going down

The Bucs defense sacked McSorley on third down, coming up with the ball near midfield after the Cardinals QB lost it.

Too tough

Tampa Bay ended up turning the ball over on downs after the turnover — thanks in large part to JJ Watt.

Stay tuned for updates!

Los Angeles Rams 51, Denver Broncos 14

There’s still a Durant playing on Christmas Day

Sure, Nets star Kevin Durant isn’t playing in a Christmas Day game for the first time since 2009 (when healthy), but another Durant is making plays.

Rams rookie corner Cobie Durant made a diving interception to give his team good field position.

To the house!

Tyler Higbee made the reception right in front of the goal line and powered his way into the end zone to give Los Angeles a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

Hey former teammate!

Bobby Wagner got in on the fun, intercepting Russell Wilson his former teammate with the Seattle Seahawks, to give the Rams great field position on back-to-back drives.

Cam Akers adds to the lead

The Rams running back found his way into the end zone on a three-yard run to give LA a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.

Courtland Sutton keep it cool

The Broncos receiver made a diving grab along the sideline that was initially ruled incomplete, but Denver challenged the play and the quick review determined Sutton made the grab.

The catch helped set the Broncos up for a field goal and make it 17-3.

The Santa Claus of TDs

Higbee scored his second touchdown in the second quarter to give the Rams a 24-3 lead early in the second quarter.

The Rams followed that up with a 2-yard touchdown rush from Akers to take a 31-6 lead into halftime.

For good measure

Denver added a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, courtesy of a sideline end zone grab from Greg Dulcich.


Durant sealed the deal for the Rams with an 85-yard interception-turned-touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Green Bay Packers 26, Miami Dolphins 20

Nearly running all the way

After the Dolphins went up 3-0 on the opening drive, Keisean Nixon put the Packers in great field position, returning the ensuing kick 94 yards to put Green Bay within Miami’s 10-yard line. The Packers weren’t able to fully take advantage, settling for a field goal.

Waddle your way for six!

Jaylen Waddle took Tagovailoa’s pass the distance, turning a 10-yard reception to an 84-yard touchdown to put Miami up 10-3.

Got a Marcedes for Christmas

Green Bay finally reached the end zone when Rodgers found Marcedes Lewis wide open to tie the game at 10-10.

star power

Tagovailoa’s favorite gift this season has been Tyreek Hill, and he connected with him again on Christmas. The star receiver hauled in a 52-yard grab to put the Dolphins at the Packers’ 1-yard line.

Then, Jeff Wilson ran in for a touchdown on the ensuing play to give Miami a 17-10 lead.

Not on Miami’s watch

The Packers tried to keep their drive alive by running a fake punt on fourth down deep in their own territory. The Dolphins sniffed out the fake quicker than Santa sniffs cookies on Christmas Eve.

Big fourth-down conversion

Rodgers used the play-action to his advantage, finding Christian Watson open for a first down to help set the Packers up for a field goal to make it 20-13 before halftime.

Sliiiide to the left

Rodgers moved to his left and found Lewis again, but this time for a 30-plus yard completion to set the Packers up at the Dolphins’ 7-yard line.

Awesome AJ

AJ Dillon powered his way into the end zone just two plays after Rodgers’ deep pass to even the game early in the third quarter.

Dolphins defense gets the pick … but was there a PI?

Rodgers wanted it all on third-and-15, launching a pass to the end zone to Allen Lazard. Kader Kohou made the play to get the interception for the Dolphins though, but it appeared he might have gotten away with some contact.

“Ball Don’t Lie,” at least for Packers fans

On the play right after Rodgers’ interception, the Packers got the ball back when Tagovailoa threw the ball right at Jaire Alexander to give Green Bay great field position.

A gift for De’Vondre Campbell

Tagovailoa threw another interception right at the Packers linebacker as the Dolphins were driving to either tie or take the lead.

Tua turnover

The Dolphins quarterback threw his third interception in his final three dries as his final pass of the game went straight to Rasul Douglas, sealing the 26-20 win for the Packers.

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