The injury-depleted Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed a boost in their playoff opener and got one from Giovani Bernard, who missed the last four games of the regular season with hip and knee issues. Bernard piled up 83 total yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ 31–15 playoff win Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The rookie seasons for running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter had some big highlights but Week 18 wasn’t one of them. Javonte Williams rushed 12 times for 46 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards in Denver’s 28–24 home loss Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Robert Quinn made history in Chicago’s 29–3 home victory over the New York Giants. He recorded his 18th sack of the season to break the Bears’ single-season record of Hall of Famer Richard Dent, who recorded 17½ in 1984.
As expected, Sam Howell will skip his senior season at North Carolina and enter the 2022 NFL draft. The greatest quarterback in program history made the announcement in a video posted on his Instagram and Twitter pages Saturday afternoon.
By R.L. Bynum Michael Carter eluded tacklers on many plays Sunday and showed the dynamic running ability that Tar Heels fans enjoyed for four seasons. The rookie ran for a season-high 118 yards on 16 carries in the New York Jets’ 26–21 home victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars to snap a two-game losing streak. Carter…