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Rice and the Ravens had no trouble defeating the Colts 24-10. Rice
rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Browns vs. Steelers: 14-3 Steelers
Browns Player of the Week: D'Qwell Jackson- 13 tackles, sack, recovered fumble
Steelers Player of the Week: Antonio Brown- 5 receptions, 151 receiving yards, touchdown
Not an exciting game, but the Steelers got it done again, and advanced to 10-3. Ben Roethlisberger proved he is the toughest QB in the NFL, by returning to the game after practically breaking his ankle. On the defensive end, James Harrison got fined again for a gruesome hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.
Texans vs. Bengals: 20-19 Texans
Texans Player of the Week: T.J. Yates- 300 pass yard, 2 touchdowns, 85.4 passer rating
Bengals Player of the Week: Andy Dalton- 189 pass yards, touchdown, 89.7 passer rating
Rookie T.J. Yates led the Texans to a comeback win over the Bengals. Yates found Kevin Walter in the endzone with only two seconds left, giving Houston the 20-19 win. Not only have the Texans clinched a playoff berth after winning the AFC South, but they can clinch a first round bye as well if they keep it up.
Vikings vs. Lions: 34-28 Lions
Vikings Player of the Week: Joe Webb- 84 pass yards, 109 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
Lions Player of the Week: Matthew Stafford- 227 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 115.2 passer rating
The Lions bounced back from back to back ugly losses, and defeated the 2-10 Vikings. As of now, the Lions are in the playoffs for the first time in over 10 years. Even with Calvin Johnson slowing down in the second half of the season, the Lions continue to win.
Saints vs. Titans: 22-17 Saints
Saints Player of the Week: Marques Colston- 7 receptions, 105 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Titans Player of the Week: Nate Washington- 6 receptions, 130 receiving yards, touchdown
Although the explosiveness wasn't there, the Saints picked up another win, and are now 10-3. In his past four games, Drew Brees has thrown 11 touchdowns, but only one interception.
Eagles vs. Dolphins: 26-10 Eagles
Eagles Player of the Week: LeSean McCoy- 38 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
Dolphins Player of the Week: Reggie Bush- 103 rush yards, 27 receiving yards
With Michael Vick back in the lineup, the Eagles won their first game in three weeks. Although the Eagles have been eliminated from the playoffs, LeSean McCoy continues to impress, scoring two touchdowns on Sunday. Following the loss, the Dolphins fired coach Tony Sparano, who hadn't led them to a winning season since his first year.
Chiefs vs. Jets: 37-10 Jets
Chiefs Player of the Week: Dwayne Bowe- 6 receptions, 69 receiving yards
Jets Player of the Week: Shonn Greene- 129 rush yards, 58 receiving yards, touchdown
The Jets creamed the Chiefs, and have now won three straight games. In the three wins, Sanchez has thrown 7 touchdowns to only one interception. The Chiefs' worries only continue, as they fired coach Todd Haley following the loss.
Patriots vs. Redskins: 34-27 Patriots
Patriots Player of the Week: Rob Gronkowski- 6 receptions, 160 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Redskins Player of the Week: Roy Helu- 126 rush yards
No it was not a blowout, but the Patriots defeated the Redskins, and have now won their last five games. The Brady to Gronkowski connection has been historic this season, as the pair has broken a few records already.
Falcons vs. Panthers: 31-23 Falcons
Falcons Player of the Week: Matt Ryan- 320 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 120.5 passer rating
Panthers Player of the Week: DeAngelo Williams- 87 rush yards, touchdown
The Falcons scored 24 unanswered points in a comeback win against the Panthers. Cam Newton and the Panthers were shut out in the second half after scoring 23 points in the first.
Jaguars vs. Bucs: 41-14 Jaguars
Jaguars Player of the Week: Maurice Jones-Drew- 85 rush yards, 51 receiving yard, 4 total touchdowns
Bucs Player of the Week: LeGarrette Blount- 74 rush yards, touchdown
After getting blown out just a week earlier, the Jaguars destroyed the Bucs, 41-14. Mauice Jones-Drew played his best football of the year, racking up four touchdowns.
Colts vs. Ravens: 24-10 Ravens
Colts Player of the Week: Pierre Garcon- 5 receptions, 46 receiving yards
Ravens Player of the Week: Ray Rice- 103 rush yards, 46 receiving yards, touchdown
The Ravens cruised by the Colts, keeping their AFC North lead. The Ravens have won six out of their last seven games, despite Ray Lewis being out the last four games with a toe injury.
Bears vs. Broncos: 13-10 Broncos
Bears Player of the Week: Marian Barber- 107 rush yards, touchdown, Huge fumble that lost Bears game, and therefore allowed Tebow to win again
Broncos Player of the Week: Tim Tebow- 236 pass yards, 49 rush yards, touchdown
TEEEEEEEEEBBBOOOOWWWW! Tebow did it again, winning in typical overtime fashion. With Tim under snap, the Broncos have won 7 out of their last eight games, and lead the AFC West. Next week will be their toughest matchup, as Tebow takes on Brady and the Pats.
Niners vs. Cardinals: 21-19 Cardinals
Niners Player of the Week: Frank Gore- 72 rush yards, touchdown
Cardinals Player of the Week: Larry Fitzgerald- 7 receptions, 149 receiving yards, touchdown
The Cardinals upset the Niners Sunday, when Andre Roberts caught the only touchdown of the fourth quarter to put Arizona up 21-19. 49'ers' quarterback, Alex Smith, didn't have a good game, throwing for only 175 yards and no touchdowns.
Raiders vs. Packers: 46-16 Packers
Raiders Player of the Week: Michael Bush- 78 rush yards, touchdown
Packers Player of the Week: Ryan Grant- 85 rush yards, touchdown
The Pack did it again, and improved to 13-0 with a blowout win against the Raiders. What will happen first: A Colts win or a Packers loss?
Bills vs. Chargers: 37-10 Chargers
Bills Player of the Week: Stevie Johnson- 4 receptions, 116 receiving yards
Chargers Player of the Week: Philip Rivers- 240 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 123.3 passer rating
Remember the 5-2 Bills that were making a serious playoff run a good six weeks ago? Well those Bills haven't won since, and are now 5-8. The Chargers on the other hand, have turned it on lately and are still fighting for a playoff spot in the AFC West.
Giants vs. Cowboys: 37-34 Giants
Giants Player of the Week: Eli Manning- 400 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 90.7 passer rating
Cowboys Player of the Week: Tony Romo- 321 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 141.3 passer rating
Eli orchestrated another ELIte fourth quarter drive, as the Giants defeated the Cowboys and reclaimed lead of the NFC East. On defense, Jason Pierre-Paul played amazing, totaling, 6 tackles, a sack, a safety, a fumble recovered, and a blocked kick. As for Dallas, their typical December struggles continue.
Rams vs. Seahawks: 30-13 Seahawks
Rams Player of the Week: Steven Jackson- 63 rush yards, 60 receiving yards, touchdown
Seahawks Player of the Week: Marshawn Lynch- 115 rush yards, touchdown
Lynch tasted the rainbow again giving the Seahawks four wins in their last five games. Although it appears too late to make the playoffs, The Seahawks are looking for there first winning season in over three years.