He had a miserable outing against the daunting бо85 Bears, who sacked him three times for a loss of 28 yards and caused him to fumble. He was only on the field for six offensive possessions (15 plays total), which resulted in four three-and-outs and two turnovers.
The Pats benched him midway through the second quarter for Steve Grogan, who finished the game completing 17 of 30 passes for 177 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Elway had a disastrous performance in his third attempt at a Super Bowl victory. The then-future Hall of Famer’s three turnovers all led to 49ers touchdowns, and he was sacked four times for a loss of 30 yards.
Matt Forte, RB, Jets: Forte was limited in practice Thursday. He returned from a knee injury in Week 12, but failed to produce much as the New York backfield has been a frustrating committee.
DeVonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: Freeman has been fully participating in practice this week, having recovered from a concussion. Tevin Coleman has played well in his absence, plus it’s not a great matchup against a stout Minnesota defense. That said, while Freeman owners have had to fill the void the past couple weeks, they’ll be hard-pressed to do it again, given Freeman’s ability to produce.
By the time the Philadelphia Eagles next take the field, they will be three weeks removed from the last time their entire team played a competitive game. More than a month will have passed since Carson Wentz was hurt and six full weeks since the team’s offense and defense both played well in the same game. All of that inaction and mediocre play is a recipe for a slow start in the Divisional Round, a grumbling home crowd and a situation that no one in Philadelphia relishes: Nick Foles needing to come from behind to win in the playoffs.
Sunday’s shutout loss to Dallas only confirmed the worst fears of Eagles fans. Foles looked skittish again, throwing for only 39 yards (with an interception) on 11 attempts in the frigid cold. Philadelphia might be the rare No. 1 seed that is an underdog in its first playoff game, no matter which team it plays.