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ILB Todd Davis did not miss a tackle once again in this game, which capped off a phenomenal tackling season for him. On 369 run snaps, Davis did not miss a single tackle this year, which was easily the best in the league.
An argument can be made that Aqib Talib was the best cornerback in the league this year. In this game, he was targeted 5 times, and only allowed 1 catch for 17 yards. He also did not allow a single touchdown in 2016.
DE Jared Crick had two stops in this game, and he finished second in the league among 3-4 defensive ends in run stops this year with 28.
OLB Von Miller finished off a strong 2016 with 4 tackles, 4 stops, 3 QB hurries, and a QB hit. His game grade of 83.6 led the Denver defense.
Center Matt Paradis finished out an excellent season with another outstanding performance. His game grade of 82.9 led the Denver offense, and he finished the year as the top graded center in the league.
Rookie safety Justin Simmons had a nice finish to the season, as his 49 snaps were his second-highest total on the year and he picked off a pass and broke up another, finishing with a 82.7 grade.
Running back Justin Forsett got 64 of his 90 yards on one carry, and he had a fumble on his way to forcing two missed tackles on 21 carries.
Rookie RB Devontae Booker forced three misses on his 14 attempts, as his 57 yards were his highest total since Week 12.
Tight end Jeff Heuerman had another strong game, with the Broncos short-handed at the position. Although he only snagged 2 receptions for 21 yards, he finished with a final grade of 73.3.
Left tackle Russell Okung finished the season off strong, and was the second highest graded offensive Broncos, with a 80.1.
Left guard Max Garcia also put an exclamation point on his up and down season. Between he and Okung, they combined to allow only one hurry between them. Garcia finished with a grade of 79.7.
Trevor Siemian had an up and down game, as he fared well when he wasn't blitzed, but struggled when the Raiders sent extra rushers. On plays where he was blitzed, Siemian completed only half of his passes for a rating of 60.4. When he wasn't blitzed, he completed over 68% of his passes for a rating of 114.8.
Although he was productive, WR Demaryius Thomas finished the season 31st among 51 qualified receivers in drop rate. He received a 72.0 grade for Week 17.
Out of 61 qualified offensive tackles, Denver's Donald Stephenson finished the year 60th in pass blocking efficiency.
It was a small sample size, but Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper got the better of Chris Harris, Jr. Crabtree and Cooper caught 3 of the 4 balls thrown their way for 48 yards when Harris was in coverage on him.
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