Week 14: Pats have fun in the snow

Originally Published: December 12, 2010
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STUDS

Here are the highlights and lowlights from games played Sunday.

Brady
Brady

Tom Brady

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.


Turner
Turner

Michael Turner

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.


Chargers

The Chargers' defense

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.


Jackson
Jackson

DeSean Jackson

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.


Polamalu
Polamalu

DeSean Jackson

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.


Jaguars

The Jaguars' running 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.


McFadden
McFadden

Darren McFadden

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.


Torain
Torain

Ryan Torain

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.


Smith
Smith

Alex Smith

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.




DUDS

Palmer
Palmer

Carson Palmer

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.


Panthers

The Panthers' passing game

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.


Redskins

The Redskins' kicking game

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.


Hasselbeck
Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck

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.


Orton
Orton

Kyle Orton

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.