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AROUND THE SHIELD — Taysom Hill has played quarterback, tight end, wide receiver, running back, rush end and special teams player in his varied career across the National Football League.

One could argue that there's never been an NFL player quite like the former BYU quarterback. Now that's a historical footnote to prove it.

Hill threw for 80 yards and a touchdown, a 68-yard strike to former Weber State wide out Rashid Shaheed, that helped the New Orleans Saints hold off the Atlanta Falcons 21-18 Sunday.

With that score, Hill became a standalone figure in NFL history: the only player in the history of the league with 10 touchdown passes, 10 receiving touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in the regular season and the playoffs.

But what's more important for Hill is that the win keeps the Saints (5-9) in the playoff hunt, just one game back of the Buccaneers atop the NFC South and tied with the Panthers and Falcons in a hodgepodge of a division.

"I don't pay too close attention to statistics," said Hill, a full-time tight end in his sixth season in the league. "Obviously, you care about wins and losses and everything else like that, but I was unaware.

"I don't really think about that too much. I think any time you see statistics like that, I think for me, personal, I feel a lot of gratitude. We've talked about the uniqueness of what I've been able to do. But I wouldn't be ale to do it without the people around me, I wouldn't have been able to do it without coaches that were willing to take a chance or create opportunities for me because nobody else had done that in the past."

In that regard, Hill's pass to Shaheed was his most important play of the game, a backshoulder strike over the middle that the big-play former Wildcat broke double coverage and bolted 68 yards to the end zone.

If nothing else, you have to know BYU's new defensive coordinator Jay Hill, who coached Shaheed at Weber State, was thrilled by it.

But the play was just Taysom Hill doing Taysom Hill things, Shaheed said.

"When Taysom is in the backfield, all eyes are on Taysom being the player he is," Shaheed said of his fellow undrafted free agent. "He does a great job realizing that (defenses are crowding the line of scrimmage) and when the play was called, it worked out great."

The game was also a showcase for former BYU running back Tyler Allgeier, who had a career-high 139 yards on 17 carries for the Falcons, including a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that pulled Atlanta (5-9) within four, 14-10.

But that was as close as they would get, until Allgeier scored on a 2-point conversion run midway through the fourth quarter before New Orleans salted away the game.

"He's an instinctive player, smart, hard to tacke," Falcons coach Arthur Smith said of the fifth-round pick from BYU. "He had a big run on the third-and-one and I thought you (felt) him. "He's another volume guy that as the game goes on, those guys don't like tackling him.

"He's been big for us."

Here's how other former Utah high school and college football standouts performed in Week 15 of the NFL's 2022 regular season.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (89) looks over his shoulder as he runs in for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (89) looks over his shoulder as he runs in for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (Photo: Gerald Herbert, Associated Press)

Monday Night Football

Green Bay 24, LA Rams 12

Packers (6-8)

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Active, but did not play
  • Dalllin Leavitt, S, Utah State: Reserve safety played 17 snaps on special teams

Rams (4-10)

  • Matt Gay, K, Utah/UVU/Orem: Kicked field goals of 33 and 55 yards and made a tackle in seven snaps on special teams
  • Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Starting linebacker posted seven tackles and a tackle for loss while playing all 71 snaps on defense, and five more on special teams
  • Jonah Williams, DT, Weber State: Starting defensive tackle made five tackles and a quarterback hit in 66 snaps on defense, eight more on special teams

Sunday

NY Giants 20, Washington 12

Giants (8-5-1)

  • No locals on the active roster

Commanders (7-6-1)

  • Dax Milne, WR/PR, BYU/Bingham: Reserve receiver fielded one punt for four yards with four fair catches in five snaps on special teams

Cincinnati 34, Tampa Bay 23

Bengals (10-4)

  • Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: Inactive for Week 15
  • Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham: Reserve defensive tackle had one quarterback hit in 15 snaps on defense

Buccaneers (6-8)

  • No locals on the active roster

LA Chargers 17, Tennessee 14

Chargers (8-6)

  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Starting edge rusher made five tackles, a sack, and a quarterback hit in 57 snaps on defense, one more on special teams
  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Starting cornerback made three tackles, one pass defended in 62 snaps on defense, five more on special teams
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: Starting safety posted eight tackles in 62 snaps on defense, seven more on special teams

Titans (7-7)

  • No locals on the active roster

Las Vegas 30, New England 24

Raiders (6-8)

  • Andre James, OC, Herriman: Starting center played all 68 snaps on offense, added three more on special teams
  • Jackson Barton, OT, Utah/Brighton: Inactive for Week 15

Patriots (7-7)

  • No locals on the active roster

Denver 24, Arizona 15

Broncos (4-10)

  • No locals on the active roster

Cardinals (4-10)

  • Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/Herriman: Starting defensive tackle had one stop and a tackle for loss in 49 snaps on defense, eight on special teams

Detroit 20, NY Jets 17

Lions (7-7)

  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Reserve running back ran for 33 yards on 13 carries in 21 snaps on offense
  • Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills: Starting right tackle played all 68 snaps on offense, five on special teams

Jets (7-7)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU/Corner Canyon: Starting quarterback completed 18-of-35 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, ran three times for seven yards with four sacks taken in all 63 snaps on offense

New Orleans 21, Atlanta 18

Saints (5-9)

  • Taysom Hill, TE, BYU: Starting tight end ran for 30 yards on seven carries, completed two passes for 80 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown in 24 snaps on offense, 15 on special teams
  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Reserve safety made one tackle in 19 snaps on special teams, added three on defense
  • Rashid Shaheed, WR/RS, Weber State: Starting wide receiver caught three passes for 95 yards, including 68-yard touchdown in 39 snaps on offense, returned two punts with three fair catches in nine snaps on special teams
  • Chase Hansen, LB, Utah/Lone Peak: Reserve linebacker made one tackle in 17 snaps on special teams
  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Reserve linebacker posted four tackles with a sack in 47 snaps on defense, added 10 more on special teams

Falcons (5-9)

  • Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU: Starting running back ran for 139 yards on 17 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion run, with one catch in 36 snaps on offense

Jacksonville 40, Dallas 34

Jaguars (6-8)

  • Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah: Starting linebacker made nine tackles in 68 snaps on defense, eight more on special teams

Cowboys (10-4)

  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Starting tight end caught two passes for 15 yards in 73 offensive snaps

Kansas City 30, Houston 24

Chiefs (11-3)

  • No locals on the active roster, but coached by former BYU offensive lineman/graduate assistant Andy Reid

Texans (1-12-1)

  • No locals on the active roster

Philadelphia 25, Chicago 20

Eagles (13-1)

  • Sua Opeta, OG, Weber State/Stansbury: Inactive for Week 15
  • Britain Covey, WR/RS, Utah/Timpview: Reserve receiver fielded one punt for 7 yards with one fair catch in six snaps on special teams

Bears (3-11)

  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Starting cornerback made six tackles with three passes defended in 64 defensive snaps
  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Played nine snaps on special teams
  • Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah/Weber: Starting left tackle played all 59 snaps on offense, and three more on special teams

Pittsburgh 24, Carolina 16

Steelers (6-8)

  • Jaylen Warren, RB, Utah State/Snow/East: Reserve running back ran for 38 yards on 11 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown, and caught one pass for 11 yards in 23 offensive snaps and nine more on special teams
  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Reserve safety played 16 snaps on special teams

Panthers (5-9)

  • Brady Christensen, OG, BYU/Bountiful: Starting left guard played all 46 offensive snaps and four more on special teams

Saturday afternoon

Minnesota 39, Indianapolis 36

Vikings (11-3)

  • Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU/Granger: Reserve defensive lineman had six tackles in 31 defensive snaps, eight more on special teams

Colts (4-9-1)

  • Julian Blackmon, FS, Utah/Layton: Starting free safety had four tackles and a 17-yard pick six in 89 defensive snaps, 12 more on special teams
  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Reserve running back ran for a team-high 81 yards on 24 carries in 53 snaps on offense

Cleveland 13, Baltimore 3

Browns (6-8)

  • No locals on the active roster

Ravens (9-5)

  • Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: Starting quarterback completed 17-of-30 passes for 138 yards and an interception, ran for 15 yards on six carries with three sacks taken and a fumble in 63 snaps on offense

Buffalo 32, Miami 29

Bills (11-3)

  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Starting cornerback had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass defended in 59 snaps on defense

Dolphins (8-6)

  • Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: Inactive for Week 15

Thursday Night Football

San Francisco 21, Seattle 13

49ers (10-4)

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Starting mike linebacker posted eight tackles in 64 snaps on defense
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Punted six times for 253 yards (42.2 yards per punt) with one touchback and three punts downed inside the 20 in 10 snaps on special teams

Seahawks (7-7)

  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah/Brighton: Starting linebacker had team-high 10 tackles in 56 snaps on defense, 14 more on special teams
  • Bryan Mone, DT, Highland: Starting nose tackle left with an injury after just five snaps on defense

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for KSL.com since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.

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