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>The Latest on the 16th Sunday of the NFL regular season. (all times Eastern):7:30 p.m.The NFL’s Christmas Eve schedule is over Reuben Foster Jersey , as are the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff hopes.The Seahawks (9-6) stayed alive in the NFC wild-card race, beating Dallas (8-7) 21-12. They play Arizona next week, and are battling the Falcons (9-6), who play Carolina, for the final NFC spot. The Falcons, who beat Seattle earlier in the season, own the tiebreaker.The Jaguars clinched the AFC South earlier when Tennessee lost. But Jacksonville’s 44-33 loss at San Francisco clinched a bye for New England.The other late game featured two non-playoff teams, as Arizona shutout the Giants 23-0.5:55 p.m.Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott has 73 yards rushing at halftime in his return from a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.The Cowboys led Seattle 9-7 at halftime in what amounts to a playoff elimination game thanks to a couple of 51-yard field goals from Dan Bailey, including one that caromed in off the right upright.Dallas didn’t hesitate to use Elliott in his first game back. Last year’s NFL rushing leader had 15 carries and averaged 4.7 yards per carry with a long of 9 yards. Elliott had two catches for 6 yards.鈥?Schuyler Dixon reporting from Arlington, Texas5 p.m.The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers continued to have the most players protesting during the national anthem in Week 16 of the NFL season.Most of Seattle’s defensive linemen were among 12 Seahawks who sat or knelt during the national anthem before their game against the Dallas Cowboys.At the Jaguars game at San Francisco, 49ers Eric Reid, Marquise Goodwin, Louis Murphy and Eli Harrold all kneeled.Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon raised his fist during the anthem in Arizona.Those 17 players bring the Week 16 total to 21, as four players protested in earlier games.President Donald Trump has criticized players for protesting, a practice started last year by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.4:37 p.m.The NFL playoff picture got clearer after the early games, as the Detroit Lions were eliminated Reuben Foster Jersey Youth , the Saints and Panthers locked up spots; and the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West again.The Chargers stayed alive with a win over the Jets, 29-13. The Patriots remained in position for the top seed in the AFC with a 37-16 win over the Bills. Buffalo remains tied with the Chargers and Titans, who lost 27-23 to the Rams, for a wild-card spot.Atlanta is out of the NFC South race, but can make it three division teams in the playoffs by beating Carolina next week. The Panthers secured a playoff spot Sunday with a 22-19 win over Tampa Bay.The Chiefs won their third straight game, a 29-13 division-clinching win over Miami, which was eliminated officially.The Bengals eliminated the Lions with a 26-17 victory.The Browns remained on track for a winless season, losing 20-3 to Chicago.3:20 p.m.Referee Walt Anderson and his crew are having a rough day in Nashville.The Tennessee Titans attempted an onside kick after DeMarco Murray scored to tie the game at 20 with 4:23 left in the third quarter. Brynden Trawick easily recovered the short kick for Tennessee.But officials threw a flag. Then Anderson announced that the Rams had taken their first timeout before the kickoff.Then Anderson announced there was no timeout because the ball had not been put in play. And he said, “First down.”The Titans wound up kicking deep after all the confusion with fans booing heavily.鈥?Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee3:20 p.m.The Falcons have failed for a second time to score from inside the 2-yard line.Devonta Freeman was stopped short on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to start the fourth quarter, keeping New Orleans’ 20-3 lead intact.In the third quarter, Freeman turned the ball over on a fumble on a run from the 2-yard line.The fourth-down stop came after receiver Julio Jones caught a third-down pass with his feet clearly in the end zone, but unable to bring the ball across the goal line. The Falcons challenged the spot, but the call on the field was upheld.鈥?Brett Martel reporting from New Orleans3:15 p.m.New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams left in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers with a back injury and will not return.Williams was taken to the injury tent early in the game, but returned. It was not immediately certain when he was hurt.New York was already without defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who was not active a week after being benched for being late to a team meeting.The Jets are also playing with a makeshift offensive line after right tackle Brandon Shell left with a head injury after he tackled wide receiver Keenan Allen Denzel Ward Jersey , who intercepted Bryce Petty’s desperation heave to end the first half. Shell was replaced by Brent Qvale.Center Wesley Johnson is active, but has been dealing with a hip injury and was replaced in the starting lineup by Jonotthan Harrison. Right guard Brian Winters was ruled out on Friday with an abdominal injury, and Dakota Dozier started in his place.鈥?Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey.2:50 p.m.Turnovers are becoming the story in the Falcons-Saints game.Early in the second half, Falcons linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a pass that deflected off of receiver Ted Ginn’s hands and returned it inside the Saints 5-yard line.Jones, a former LSU player, now has intercepted Brees three times in his first four games against his hometown team.But the Falcons couldn’t take advantage because running back Devonta Freeman fumbled on a hit by defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, with linebacker Manti Teo recovering.Late in the first half, Saints defensive back Marshon Lattimore made a memorable interception that bounced off his backside before he grabbed it. That led to a Ginn touchdown catch.The Saints lead 13-3 in the third quarter.鈥?Brett Martel reporting from New Orleans2:19 p.m.Bills running back Travar Clayton Kershaw is set to make a surprise return from the disabled list Saturday night, starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a marquee matchup against New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

Kershaw has been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP originally was scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but heavy rain in the forecast caused the Dodgers to change plans.

”It’s probably the best thing for him and for us,” manager Dave Roberts said Friday. ”We don’t know how much he’s going to pitch. I don’t want to put a limit on him. Obviously, there is a limitation with Clayton, and I’ll make that decision.”

Roberts said rookie Caleb Ferguson (0-1, 7.59 ERA) will be ready in reserve. The 21-year-old left-hander had been slated to make his fourth major league start Saturday.

There’s rain in the New York forecast as well, but Roberts said the Dodgers took all that into account.

”From what I understand it’s going to be early and if there’s a delay Authentic Derick Brassard Jersey , we have ample time to get him ready. But obviously, we’re not going to do anything to put him in harm’s way,” Roberts said. ”If there is something where we are shut down, having Caleb behind him, we have that coverage. So we can kind of combat that.”

Before the switch, Roberts had said Kershaw would throw no more than four innings and 60 pitches for Oklahoma City.

The 30-year-old Kershaw is 1-4 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts this year for the defending NL champions, who have been riddled by injuries.

He was out for nearly a month with left biceps tendinitis before returning May 31 against Philadelphia. He pitched five effective innings in a no-decision against the Phillies, and then went back on the disabled list the next day with the back injury.

The ace left-hander threw a three-inning simulated Monday at Wrigley Field in Chicago and said he felt really good. The next day, Roberts said Kershaw returning against the Mets this weekend was considered, but the team opted for a minor league start to give him ”the best chance for success and health.”

Kershaw, a seven-time All-Star, missed about five weeks last season with a similar back problem.

Roberts acknowledged that Kershaw lobbied to pitch at Citi Field this weekend, rather than in the minors.

”He did play a little weather man, so with weather.com and Clayton, we were pretty abreast with the weather in Omaha,” Roberts said with a chuckle.

”Just the way he’s responded to all the tests and to get him with us Mike McGlinchey Jersey Limited , the weather over there in Omaha, we feel comfortable and confident,” the manager added.

Rich Hill will start Sunday for the Dodgers, followed by Kenta Maeda at home Monday against the Cubs.

In other injury-related news, shortstop Chris Taylor was out of the lineup because of a tight left hamstring. Enrique Hernandez started in place of Taylor, who exited Wednesday’s game in Chicago against the Cubs. He was available off the bench – probably just to hit, Roberts said.

”We’ll give him today and we’ll see about tomorrow,” he added.

Backup infielder Chase Utley was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after missing 19 games with a sprained left thumb. A longtime New York nemesis and villain to Mets fans, Utley was on the bench for the series opener. He was batting .216 with a home run and 14 RBIs this season.

Utley has excelled as a pinch hitter, going 7 for 17 (.412) with five RBIs and two extra-base hits.

Los Angeles opened a roster spot for him by optioning catcher-infielder Kyle Farmer to Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is scheduled to throw 20 to 30 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, the next step in his comeback from a right rib microfracture. He could return to the rotation without a minor league rehab assignment, Roberts said.

Rated one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine big league starts.

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