PANTHERS WIN, BUT THERE'S CONTROVERSY: Cam Newton kept Josh Norman quiet in the Panthers’ 26-15 win over Washington. The much-heralded rematch didn’t quite live up to its billing. Cam Newton was flagged on a play where he got hit in the head by a defender. He got called for taunting, but only after a blown call. The ref says he didn't see the forcible helmet hit. This was the same ref from the Panthers' Week 8 game that had Newton criticizing the league's double standard.
Washington’s Jordan Reed was ejected for punching Panthers’ Kurt Coleman. Reed connected with the helmet of Coleman and when Coleman tried to get Reed off of him, Reed threw a punch.
Kirk Cousins wipes out a cheerleader but she bounces right up like a champ. She was just fine after being caught off guard.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: Washington's loss on Monday didn't do much to help their slim chances at a playoff ticket. Here's where things stand after Week 15.
PULL THE PLUG: Brock Osweiler was a well-meaning experiment that ended in crushed hopes. Osweiler failed as a franchise quarterback, but the Texans aren’t the only team feeling the sting of extinguished optimism.
DETROIT'S MISSING SOMETHING: Lions are good, but they need to get salty to make a playoff run. Detroit has the makings of a team poised for a playoff run, but there’s one missing ingredient they’ll need to survive a brutal two-game stretch.
GET OFF THE GUS BUS: Scapegoating Gus Bradley as the problem is bad for the Jaguars’ future. The Jaguars don’t look like they’ll make sweeping changes, and that’s a dangerous choice. Related: Bradley should’ve never gotten on the Jaguars’ plane.
POWER RANKINGS: NFL power rankings 2016, Week 16: Falcons are back, but the Broncos are fading fast. It hasn’t come against the best competition, but the Falcons offense is lighting up scoreboards again.
MOCK DRAFT: 2017 NFL mock draft: Alabama players dominate first round. Six Crimson Tide players, including three of the top six, are among the top 32.
HO HO HO: Ezekiel Elliott's Salvation Army TD celebration led to a huge spike in donations. Elliott won’t be fined by the NFL, and he plans to make a contribution to the Salvation Army, too.
EXPENSIVE HAZING: Texans stick rookie teammate with $16,000 dinner bill. $7,700 on Hennessy?!