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NFL Highlights: Mason Rudolph’s Career Game Opposite Baker Mayfield

Rudolph outplayed Mayfield in a must-win game for the Browns.

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The NFL wrapped up its regular season this weekend, and there were plenty a storylines featuring former Pokes. Let’s start with a rematch of Bedlam QBs.

Rudolph’s Career Game against Baker

Mason Rudolph took QB1 reps in the Steelers’ regular season finale in Cleveland, reviving a college rivalry with — and many would say outplaying — Baker Mayfield in what was a must-win for the Browns. And he almost came out on top.

Mayfield finished 17-of-27 for 196 and a score.

Rudolph turned in a career-high 315 yards and two touchdowns while completing 56.4 percent of his passes. Several of those showcased his deep-ball acumen like this.

If you wanted to nitpick, Rudolph’s lone interception on the day should have probably been a roughing-the-passer penalty. (He’s forever being assaulted by Browns defenders.)

Speaking of that.

Despite his fellow Cowboy taking snaps, James Washington was targeted just twice and did not haul in a catch.

Emmanuel Ogbah, Dolphins Drop Finale

A breakout year ended on a sour note for Emmanuel Ogbah. In 2020, he turned in career bests with nine sacks and 21 QB hits, but he didn’t register a single tackle and Miami didn’t put up much of a fight as the Dolphins lost to the Bills 56-26.

Miami finished 10-6 after three-straight losing seasons, and Ogbah was a big reason for that. It sounds like he’d like to run it back in South Beach.

Chris Carson, Tre Flowers Playoff Bound

The Seahawks capped the regular season with a win over the 49ers which clenched up the NFC West, and Chris Carson, as always, was a big part of it. He only rushed for 44 yards as the Seahawks spread the ball around but caught both passes thrown his way for 39 yards.

Flowers, returned from the injured reserve list and played in his first game in over a month. He’ll be available for the Seahawks when they host the Rams on Saturday as postseason action kicks off.

Ravens Saving Dez and Justice for the Playoffs?

The Ravens whopped up on the Bengals in Week 17, but Justice Hill only managed two carries. He did turn them into 21 yards. Dez Bryant appeared in 23 offensive snaps for the Ravens but was not targeted. Both will be active for the Ravens’ game against the Titans on Sunday.

Tyron Johnson Grabs a Pair of Catches in Finale

The Chargers are not playoff bound, which means that Tyron Johnson’s breakout season is over. He capped it by catching both of his targets for 35 yards.

In 12 games, Tyron caught 20 passes for 398 yards and three scores. He turned in a 76.9 percent catch rate and averaged a ridiculous 15.3 yards per target. His 19.9 yards per reception would have ranked second in the NFL if he had enough catches (10 more) to qualify. I think he’s done enough to earn a bigger role in LA’s offense next year. Johnson is signed through 2021.

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