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Browns: One-win wonders
The Browns beat the Chargers 20-17 on Dec. 24 to avoid going 0-16. That qualifies as a Christmas miracle.
49ers: Ctr Alt Delete
Meaning: Reboot everything after a 2-14 season. Owner Jed York already has, replacing coach Chip Kelly with Kyle Shanahan and GM Trent Baalke with John Lynch. Will Colin Kaepernick be the next to be replaced?
Bears: Cutler, Hoyer, Barkley
The Bears started three QBs due to injuries, and won the same number of games. As a result, neither Jay Cutler (6), Brian Hoyer (2) nor Matt Barkley is sure to return.
Jaguars: London's best team
The Jags, who have played a game in London every season since 2013 and will continue to do so until 2020, won there for the second time on Oct. 2. However, they won only two more games all season. FOX Sports' Cameron DaSilva wrote that if the NFL wants to grow the game, it should stop sending Jacksonville to the UK.
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Rams: LOSS Angeles Rams
Get it? Jared Goff and the Rams lost 12 games in their first season back in LA.
Jets: Fitz the bed
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 17 INTs and just 12 TDs after re-signing with New York, getting benched in favor of Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. Quite a mess.
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Chargers: Lost to Browns
Can't escape it. Then "moved to LA".
Panthers: Back to earth
Carolina went from Super Bowl 50 to 6-10, and no one fell harder than Cam Newton, who went from MVP to poster boy for the concussion protocol.
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Bengals: 'Playmakers' on three
Cincinnati broke the huddle with that mantra, but never had enough playmakers as coach Marvin Lewis missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.
Bills: Rex was here
And then he wasn't, fired at the tail end of a second straight eight-loss season.
Saints: Brees needs help
Brees, at age 37, led the league in passing yards (5,208), but New Orleans finished 7-9 for the third straight season.
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Eagles: Wentz beats Goff
He didn't get a chance to do it head to head, but rookie Carson Wentz showed he was superior to the QB drafted one spot ahead of him, No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff of the Rams.
Luck rebounded from injury with a statiscally solid season but missed the playoffs for the second straight year, and he will turn 28 when next season begins, still seeking his first Super Bowl appearance.
Vikings: We nailed September
They sure did, going 3-0 behind newly acquired starting QB Sam Bradford en route to a 5-0 start. But they lost eight of their last 11 games to miss the playoffs.
Ravens: Our kicker's awesome
He sure is. Tucker made 38 of 39 field goals and all of his extra points this season, earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl, where he did this at practice. Baltimore, on the other hand, wasn't as awesome, stumbling to an 8-8 finish after a 3-0 start.
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Redskins: Don't like that
Kirk Cousins' campaign to prove he's Washington's franchise QB finished with a whimper, not a bold statement, as Cousins came up short in a must-win season finale against a Giants team that had nothing to play for.
Titans: Not terrible anymore
No they're not, finishing with their first winning record since 2011 behind the improved play of QB Marcus Mariota.
Buccaneers: Hey, some progress
Indeed, the Bucs enjoyed their first winning season since 2010 under new head coach Dirk Koetter.
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Broncos: Super Bowl hangover
The defending champs missed the playoffs as their dominant defense couldn't make up for their struggles on offense.
Lions: More like kittens
Detroit's promising season ended with four straight losses that cost them the NFC North title and a home game in the playoffs. Playing at Seattle, the Lions bowed out 26-6 in the wild card round.
Dolphins: Must switch divisions
Miami made the playoffs under first-year coach Adam Gase, but New England won the AFC East for the eighth straight season.
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Giants: Hole in boat
Odell Beckham and the wide receivers' trip to Miami to hang out on a yacht before their playoff game ended up sinking their season, as OBJ melted down after a week under the microscope.
Raiders: Derek Carr-ted away
Not funny for Oakland fans, who saw their return to the top derailed by Carr's fractured leg.
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Texans: Worst contract ever
Brock Osweiler failed to live up to his $72 million free agent deal, throwing more INTs (16) than TDs (15), getting benched and then struggling in his playoff debut.
Seahawks: Window closing fast
Injuries helped stall Seattle, which came up short for the third straight season since winning Super Bowl 48.
Chiefs: Playoff exit kings
Kansas City won the AFC West but lost to Pittsburgh in the playoffs — its 10th loss in its past 11 postseason games dating to 1993.
Cowboys: Tony Romo? No-mo
After going down with a preseason injury and losing his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, it appears Romo's days in Dallas as a high-priced backup are soon to be over.
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Packers: Nothing but Rodgers
That's pretty much how it seemed by the time Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay bowed out of the playoffs against Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The injury-plagued Packers just couldn't compete at the end.
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Steelers: Not buttoned up
Yes we're talking about Antonio Brown — though more about his flagged TD celebrations and Facebook Live video than about what he wore to NFL Honors.
Falcons: Needed bigger lead
Turns out 28-3 isn't a big enough lead against Tom Brady and the Pats in the Super Bowl. Who knew?
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Patriots: No days off
The crowd at the Pats' championship rally might not have carried Bill Belichick's impromptu chant, but the players lived it in winning the Super Bowl. (Well, except maybe Nate Solder.)