Week 14: Pats have fun in the snow
Here are the highlights and lowlights from games played Sunday.
Quarterback, New England Patriots
Driving snow. Bears D. Neither hindered Brady and the Patriots, who rolled to a 36-7 victory in Chicago. Brady continued his recent hot play, completing 27 of 40 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns in difficult conditions. He connected eight times with both Deion Branch and Wes Welker.
Running back, Atlanta Falcons
Turner didn't pile up big yardage (112 on 28 carries), but his nose for the end zone helped the Falcons inch closer to a playoff berth and No. 1 seed. Turner had scoring runs of 1, 3 and 4 yards to power Atlanta to a 31-10 victory at Carolina. It was Turner's fifth straight 100-yard game against Carolina.
After giving up 251 yards on the ground against Oakland in a 15-point home loss last week, San Diego held the Chiefs to 67 total yards in a 31-10 victory. The Chargers limited the usually stout Kansas City running game to 48 yards on 17 carries and sacked fill-in QB Brodie Croyle four times.
Wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson's big-play ability was on full display in the Eagles' 30-28 victory at Dallas. Jackson's fourth-quarter, 91-yard TD catch and run gave Philadelphia the lead for good and highlighted a career-high 210-yard receiving effort. Jackson's 60-yard catch on the first play from scrimmage set up Philadelphia's first score, a 1-yard Michael Vick TD run.
Safety, Pittsburgh Steelers
The big plays keep coming from Polamalu. A week after his forced fumble helped the Steelers win in Baltimore, Polamalu wreaked havoc against another AFC North foe. He intercepted two Carson Palmer passes (see below) during the Steelers' 23-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Polamalu's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter changed the momentum of the game.
Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings each topped 100 yards rushing to help the Jaguars overcome a 10-point deficit and beat Oakland 38-31. Jones-Drew, who ran for 101 yards, had a 30-yard TD run with 1:34 remaining that proved to be the game winner. Jennings (109 yards) had a 74-yard TD run in the third quarter. Jacksonville finished with 234 yards on the ground; it has rushed for more than 200 yards in three straight games.
Running back, Oakland Raiders
The Jags outlasted Oakland, but they had no answer for McFadden. In a game that featured six scoring plays of at least 30 yards, McFadden had three of them. He caught a 67-yard TD pass in the first quarter, and had second-half TD runs of 51 and 36 yards. McFadden finished with 209 total yards.
Running back, Washington Redskins
Torain was another runner who shined in a losing effort. Returning after missing four games with a hamstring injury, Torain rushed for a career-high 172 yards in the Redskins' 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay. Torain had a 54-yard run on the Redskins' first play from scrimmage.
Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Smith, making his first start since Week 7, delivered a stellar performance against Seattle. Smith threw for 255 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, leading the 49ers to a 40-21 victory.
Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
Palmer's forgettable season hit another low in Pittsburgh. Palmer threw three interceptions, including a pair of pick-sixes, in the Bengals' loss. Palmer was held to fewer than 200 yards passing (he had 178) for the fifth time this season.
Speaking of poor offense, Carolina got very little from its passing game -- again. Jimmy Clausen was 14-of-24 for 107 yards and one INT, extending his streak to 193 passes since his lone TD of the season, in the Panthers' loss to Atlanta.
It helps to have a solid kicking game in wet conditions. That's exactly what the Redskins lacked against Tampa Bay. Washington missed two short field goals, fumbled away a kickoff and flubbed an extra point that would have tied the game with 9 seconds to play.
Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks
While Alex Smith soared (see above), Hasselbeck stumbled. The veteran QB accounted for all five of the Seahawks' turnovers in the blowout loss to San Francisco. He threw four interceptions and lost one of his two fumbles.
Quarterback, Denver Broncos
Orton threw three picks and lost one fumble in the Broncos' 43-13 loss to Arizona. He completed only 19 of 40 passes for 166 yards and a season-low 27.7 rating. Denver committed six turnovers overall.