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Week 13: Sunday Studs

12/3/2006

Should we retire the Sunday Stud trophy and hand it out weekly to LaDainian Tomlinson, who had yet another studly game Sunday? Cast your vote, and don't forget to "honor" this week's Sunday Dud.

Rob Bironas
Bironas kicked a 60-yard field goal --Tennessee's longest ever -- with seven seconds left as the Titans upset Indianapolis for their first victory over the Colts since December 2002. The kick -- the second 60-plus game-winner this season -- capped the second straight comeback victory for Tennesee, which overcame a 21-point deficit last week against the Giants.

Reggie Bush
Bush, who gained 168 total yards, tied Joe Horn's franchise record with four touchdowns in a win over the 49ers. Bush was a factor in the running game (10 carries, 37 yards, three TDs) and passing game (nine catches for 131 yards, one TD). He turned a short pass into a 74-yard gain that set up his fourth TD, a 10-yard run.

Devin Hester
The Bears' cornerback tied a league record with his fourth return for a touchdown this season in a victory over the Vikings. Hester, who ran back a field goal miss a record-tying 108 yards earlier this season, returned a punt 45 yards in the first quarter to give Chicago a lead it would not relinquish.

Tony Romo
Sure, Martin Gramatica booted the winning field goal. But it was Romo who quickly answered a late TD by the Giants by putting Dallas in position to kick the winner. Romo completed 20 of 34 passes for 257 yards as Dallas took command in the NFC East. Romo is 5-1 as Dallas' starter.

LaDainian Tomlinson
We may have to create another category for Tomlinson (Supernatural Player of the Week?). In a closer-than-expected win over the Bills, Tomlinson rushed for 178 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns, his 25rd and 26th of the season. In the process, he also became the second running back in NFL history to top 1,200 yards in his first six seasons. Eric Dickerson set that record from 1983-89.