It was a busy Christmas Weekend for several former Virginia Tech football players around the NFL. Some even went head-to-head against each other, while three nearly helped their team complete a huge comeback. That's where we'll begin.
Fuller, Thomas and Slye near help Commanders complete comeback
The Washington Commander spotted the New York Jets a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter and trailed 27-7 at halftime. Things looked like it would be an easy win for the Jets at home, but to the Commanders' credit, they nearly pulled off a crazy comeback.
Former Hokies' tight end Logan Thomas caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 27-14 before the Commanders scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 28-27 lead. New York, however, got a Greg Zuerlein 54-yard field goal with five seconds left for a 28-27 victory.
Defensive back Kendall Fuller finished with four tackles for Washington and kicker Joey Slye was a perfect 4-for-4 on his extra points.
Edmunds leads Bears over Cardinals
One of the teams trending in the right direction this season is the Chicago Bears and they did what teams are on the rise do, they beat one of the bottom teams in the league at home in late December. In the Bears, 27-16, win over the Arizona Cardinals, Tremaine Edmunds registered six tackles, four. solo for Chicago, who improved to 6-9 and remained in the NFC wild-card race.
Deablo, Raiders upset Chiefs on Christmas
Divine Deablo was part of a Las Vegas Raiders defense that went into GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium and scored two defensive touchdowns, seven seconds apart in a 20-14 upset of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Late in the second quarter, Las Vegas returned a fumble for a touchdown, then on the first play of the next drive, the Raiders had a pick-six off of Patrick Mahomes to give them a lead they wouldn't lose. Deablo finished tied for third on Vegas' defense with six tackles. On the other side, Chamari Connor had three tackles for Kansas City.
Tyrod Taylor comes on in relief for Giants
Against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday afternoon, Tyrod Taylor came on in relief of Tommy DeVito at quarterback for New York Giants. DeVito was 9-for-16 for 55 yards against the Eagles before being relived with Philadelphia leading 20-3.
Taylor rallied the Giants to come within 33-25 late in the fourth quarter and threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton, but the Eagles ran out most of the clock to win 30-25. Taylor finished 7-for-16 for 133 yards in the loss.