NFL Christmas Eve top plays: Eagles-Cowboys, Commanders-49ers, more

Week 16 of the NFL season continues Saturday with an action-packed slate — and we’ve got you covered with all the must-see moments from around the league. As the playoff race continues to intensify, so does the winter weather, and frigid cold temperatures and gusty winds have already proven to have a major impact on this Christmas Eve slate.

Eight of the early window’s 11 games had kickoff temperatures below freezing — many in the single digits — and two of the remaining three games had evening temperatures near or well below freezing, per FOX Sports Research and FOX Weather.

Here are the top plays from Saturday’s slate!

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Action right out of the gate!

Josh Sweat came up with a huge interception, picking off Dak Prescott and taking it 42 yards to the house to put Philly up 10-0 early.

‘Boys bounce back

The Cowboys closed the gap, 10-7, courtesy of a short scamper from Ezekiel Elliott.

Have to see it to believe it

Gardner Minshew’s pass to Quez Watkins was sneakily intercepted by Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse, giving Dallas the ball back quickly.

In with the spin!

The turnover and subsequent busted coverage on the corner route by the Eagles defense allowed Dallas to take its first lead of the game, 14-10, early in the second quarter after CeeDee Lamb reeled in a 36-yard touchdown from Prescott.

Back-and-forth battle

The Eagles were back in the lead, 17-14, after Minshew took it in himself midway through the second quarter.

Washington Commanders at San Francisco 49ers

All gas, no brakes

Taylor Heinicke & Co. went to work getting downfield, as the Commanders challenged the 49ers defense early.

Going, going, gone!

However, it was the Niners who got on the board first, as Ray-Ray McCloud III took off 71 yards for the score.

Up for grabs

Brock Purdy was picked off on San Francisco’s own side of the field after Jauan Jennings bobbled the ball and it landed in the hands of Commanders safety Darrick Forrest.

Stay tuned for updates!

Houston Texans 19, Tennessee Titans 14

Coming through!

Derrick Henry came up with a monster touchdown run to put the Titans on the board early against the Texans.

Just how did they draw it up?

Houston knotted things up late in the first quarter with a Davis Mills fumble-turned-touchdown, thanks to Rex Burkhead.

Man on a mission

Rookie QB Malik Willis picked up his first NFL touchdown on a tough 14-yard run midway through the third quarter to give Tennessee the lead, 14-10.

Cookin’ late

Mills turned to Brandin Cooks late in the fourth quarter, and the veteran receiver came up in a big way for the Texans, punching in a 6-yard score to give Houston a 19-14 lead that they held on until the end.

It was just the Texans’ second win of the season, snapping a nine-game losing streak.

Cincinnati Bengals 22, New England Patriots 18

Dynamic duo

The Joe Burrow-Tee Higgins connection was hot despite the freezing weather, picking up a smooth first-quarter score.

Double trouble

The Bengals added six more points when Burrow launched one to wideout Trent Irwin, who reeled in this pass under pressure while fighting off Patriots defenders.

Irwin added another score late in the second quarter to extend the Bengals’ lead to 22-0 at the break.

Finding a rhythm

Burrow sent one deep to Higgins, who picked up 31 yards to get this fourth-quarter drive going for Cincinnati.

Chaos!

On third-and-29, Mac Jones sent up a Hail Mary to the end zone that somehow landed in Jakobi Meyers’ hands for the touchdown. Just like that, the Patriots scored 18 unanswered points after falling into a 22-0 hole in the first half.

Down to the wire

After each team fumbled on consecutive drives, the Patriots ended up with the ball with less than a minute to play. They had to punt it away, however, and weren’t able to pull off the comeback.

Minnesota Vikings 27, New York Giants 24

History made

With a 25-yard reception in the first quarter, Justin Jefferson (1,661 yards) set the new Vikings single-season receiving yard record, breaking Randy Moss’ 2003 record (1,623) after coming up just short last season (1,616).

Then, with momentum on their side, the Vikings were first on the board with a touchdown courtesy of TJ Hockenson.

Magic!

After the Giants closed the gap to 10-7, Daniel Jones found Isaiah Hodgins for a dazzling 29-yard gain that brought NY fans to their feet.

Another one!

Kirk Cousins ​​launched one up for Hockenson, who didn’t let any number of Giants defenders keep him from scoring.

Then, Cousins ​​found Jefferson for a wild 17-yard touchdown to take a 24-16 lead.

Back and forth

The Giants weren’t going down without a fight, answering with a score of their own on the following drive.

Saquon Barkley popped off for a 27-yard touchdown, and Daniel Bellinger came up with the two-point conversion to knot things up at 24 apiece as the two-minute warning approached in Minnesota.

W!

In the end, it all came down to Greg Joseph, who nailed a 61-yard field goal as the clock expired to seal the home win.

Carolina Panthers 37, Detroit Lions 23

Pouncing early

The Panthers took the lead on their opening drive, thanks to the fancy footwork of Raheem Blackshear.

Quick answer

The Lions came back with an opening-drive score of their own, as Jared Goff connected with tight end Shane Zylstra.

Bomb away!

Sam Darnold launched one to wideout DJ Moore, who came up with a jaw-dropping 47-yard grab, followed by a touchdown on the next play.

Just like that, Carolina had a 31-7 edge midway through the third frame and never relinquished the lead.

Buffalo Bills 35, Chicago Bears 13

On the move

Justin Fields connected with a wide-open Dante Pettis on the Bears‘ opening drive to take a 7-0 lead over the Bills.

Closing the gap

Gabe Davis reeled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to make it a one-point game, 7-6, midway through the first quarter after heavy winds resulted in a missed extra point.

Need for speed

Buffalo kicked off the second-half scoring with a 33-yard touchdown rush from Devin Singletary, taking its first lead of the game, 14-10. Then, James Cook added a 27-yard touchdown run to extend the Bills’ lead, 21-10.

Highlight reel!

Fields found Velus Jones Jr. for a 44-yard gain before turning the ball over on downs early in the fourth quarter, as the Bills ran away with a double-digit win on the road.

Kansas City Chiefs 24, Seattle Seahawks 10

Battling early

After going three-and-out on their opening drive, the Chiefs bounced back in a big way on their second possession when Patrick Mahomes hit Kadarius Toney for an 8-yard touchdown to give KC an early lead.

Extending the lead

Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon spun his way into the end zone, powering through two Seahawks defenders to extend KC’s lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter.

What can’t he do?

Mahomes gave an all-out effort on his way to the end zone, diving for the pylon to put the Chiefs up 24-3 late in the fourth, as the Chiefs cruised to an easy win at home.

Baltimore Ravens 17, Atlanta Falcons 9

Change of direction

Just as the Falcons were able to cross into the red zone, Drake London couldn’t hold on to the ball, and Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen scooped up the fumble to give Baltimore the ball back.

Air game strong

The turnover was a golden opportunity for Baltimore. Tyler Huntley — in for an injured Lamar Jackson — connected with Demarcus Robinson in the corner of the end zone for six. It was the first touchdown by a Ravens receiver since Week 3.

The Ravens went on to hold off the Falcons and came out with the home win, 17-9.

New Orleans Saints 17, Cleveland Browns 10

Picked!

The Browns defense picked off Andy Dalton just as the Saints crossed midfield, and the turnover resulted in a touchdown and a 7-0 lead for the Browns on the ensuing drive.

History books

After trading field goals to close out the second quarter, the Saints got the third-quarter scoring started with an 8-yard touchdown rush up the middle from Taysom Hill. With that score, Hill set a new record for most rushing touchdowns by a non-running back in Saints history.

Right place, right time

The Saints defense came up with a huge interception late in the third quarter on a tipped ball. The turnover led to a 4-yard touchdown rush from Alvin Kamara to give the Saints a 17-10 lead that they held on to until the end.

COMING UP:

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers (8:15 p.m. ET)

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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