Week 16: Brady, Welker propel Pats

Originally Published: December 27, 2009
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STUDS

Tom Brady

Brady

Tom Brady/Wes Welker: A near-flawless performance by Brady helped the Patriots clinch the AFC East title. Brady completed 23 of 26 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns to lead New England to a 35-7 victory over the Jaguars. Once again, Brady's main target was Welker, who caught 13 passes for 138 yards. Welker has now caught at least 10 passes in seven games this season.


Jonathan Stewart

Stewart

Jonathan Stewart: Stewart had a career game in a dominant performance by Carolina. Stewart rushed for 206 yards and one TD on 28 carries as the Panthers dashed the Giants' playoff hopes with a resounding 41-9 victory. Stewart's previous career high for rushing yards was 120 (Week 13 against Tampa Bay).


Jerome Harrison

Harrison

Jerome Harrison: The Browns have won three straight, and Harrison is a big reason Cleveland has found some late-season momentum. One week after setting the Browns' single-game rushing record (287 yards), Harrison rushed for 148 yards and a TD in the Browns' 23-9 victory over Oakland.


Roddy White

White

Roddy White: White, with an assist from QB Matt Ryan, set the tone for the Falcons in a convincing victory over Buffalo. White caught eight passes for 139 yards and two TDs, including a 42-yarder on the first play from scrimmage, as the Falcons won 31-3.


Buccaneers

Buccaneers

The Buccaneers' running game: The Buccaneers leaned on their running game against the Saints, and the Cadillac Williams-led attack spearheaded a 20-17 overtime victory. Williams rushed for 129 yards and one TD on 24 carries as Tampa Bay steadily wore down the Saints' defense with a running game that totaled 176 yards. In overtime, Williams carried on nine of the Bucs' 10 plays (for 40 yards), setting up Connor Barth's game-winning field goal.



DUDS

Matt Hasselbeck

Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck finds himself on this list for the second straight week. Hasselbeck, who committed five turnovers in Week 15 (four interceptions and one fumble), was picked off four more times in Seattle's 48-10 loss to Green Bay. The Seahawks have scored a total of 24 points in three straight losses.


Curtis Painter

Painter

Curtis Painter: Painter's NFL debut was short and forgettable. Relieving Peyton Manning as the Colts pulled several starters in the second half against the Jets, Painter lost a fumble that resulted in a New York touchdown and also threw an interception in the 29-15 loss. Painter finished 4-of-11 for 44 yards.


Giants

Giants

The Giants: The Giants' farewell to Giants Stadium turned into one of the ugliest moments in franchise history. Knowing they still had a shot at a fifth straight playoff berth, the Giants came out flat and lost 41-9 against a Panthers team with nothing at stake. New York allowed six scores on Carolina's first seven possessions.


Ravens

Ravens

The Ravens: The Ravens were repeatedly hurt by their own mistakes in a 23-20 loss at Pittsburgh. The Ravens had two third-quarter TDs negated because of penalties. (They committed 11 penalties for 113 yards overall.) Then, a wide-open Derrick Mason, the Ravens' most reliable receiver, dropped a certain touchdown pass in the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter when the ball clanked off his face mask. The score would've put the Ravens up 27-20.