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Carson Wentz takes over for Taylor Heinicke in Week 16 vs. 49ers

Washington Commanders backup quarterback Carson Wentz (11) gives quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) a pat on the head as he watches the replay of their final play during their loss to the New York Giants during the game at FedEx Field on December 18, 2022. Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Washington Commanders are in the playoff race, but an interception by Taylor Heinicke and a 30-14 deficit has Ron Rivera going back to Carson Wentz to try to spark some magic. There probably isn’t enough magic, even during the holidays, to bring this Commanders team back for a win, but they’ll give it a try.

Heinicke won the starting quarterback job while Wentz was out with a finger injury and has played well enough to win games and keep Washington squarely in the playoff hunt.