Week 17 for NFL Ducks

Where did the season go? In the final week of the NFL's regular season, a former Duck quarterback had a very good outing despite his team losing. For a former Duck running back, his team won the last game even if his numbers were among the lowest of his season. Of the 16 former Ducks in the NFL for the 2005 season, four will advance to the playoffs.

Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington makes a pass as he is pressured by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Kimo Von Oelhoffen (67) during the first half of the Lions 35-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday Jan. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Joey Harrington era at Detroit may or may not be over but in the last game for Detroit Lions (5-11) Harrington threw for 212 yards, three touchdowns on a 17-for-33 effort. The Lions lost 35-21 to playoff bound Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5).

Running back Maurice Morris nine carries for 25 yards and two pass receptions for 19 yards in the Seattle Seahawks' 23-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. However, the 12-3 Seahawks are in the playoffs but the 4-12 Pacers are not.

The Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) just missed the post season play but they managed to beat a team making the playoffs, the Cincinnati Bengals (11-5), 37-3. Chiefs' wide receiver Samie Parker had a catch for 16 yards while his teammate Junior Siavii had a tackle. Cornerback Rashad Bauman was on the participation list.

The Cleveland Browns (6-10) and the Baltimore Ravens (6-10) ended the season with a 20-16 Browns' win. Cleveland's running back Reuben Droughns carried the ball 19 times for 40 yards rushing and had one pass reception for five yards.

Tight end George Wrighster started for the Jacksonville Jaguars (12-4) against the Tennessee Titans (4-12). Linebacker Peter Sirmon did not start for the Titans but had a tackle even though the Jaguars won 40-13 and will play again next week in the playoffs.

The San Francisco 49ers (4-12) and the Houston Texans (2-14) are years away from the playoffs but on Sunday the 49ers beat the Texans 20-17 in overtime. Offensive lineman Adam Snyder started for the 49ers and his teammates, safety Keith Lewis had a tackle and wide receiver Marcus Maxwell was on the participation list.

On Saturday, the San Diego Chargers (9-7) played on the same field the Ducks had on Dec. 29th in the Holiday Bowl, but the Chargers lost 23-7 to the Denver Broncos (13-3). Tight end Justin Peelle started for the Chargers but quarterback A.J. Feeley and defensive end Igor Olshansky was on the Not Active list.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) are in the playoffs and in the final week of the regular season they beat the New Orleans Saints (3-13), 27-13. Tampa Bay punter Josh Bidwell had six boots for a 46.0-yard average with a long of 53 yards and one inside the 20. Linebacker Wesly Mallard was on the Buccaneers' participation list.

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