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|12/2/2013||Tom Brady, QB||Brady threw for 371 yards and two scores, and Stephen Gostkowski made two long field goals in the fourth quarter Sunday as the Patriots rallied for a 34-31 win over Houston.
Analysis: The Patriots (9-3) trailed by 10 at halftime in this one and the lead changed five times in a wild second half. New England tied it with a 53-yard field goal and took a 34-31 lead with another one from 53 with about three minutes left.
|12/2/2013||Josh Gordon, WR||Gordon returned from a head injury suffered in the third quarter and finished with 10 catches for a team record 261 yards. He's the first player in NFL history to have consecutive 200-yard games.
Analysis: Gordon had 237 in a loss last week against Pittsburgh, and has 1,249 yards this season despite missing two games with a drug suspension.
|12/2/2013||Maurice Jones-Drew, RB||Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 77 yards and threw an 8-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis.
Analysis: Jones-Drew had attempted one other pass previously in his career, but this was his first completion and first touchdown.
|12/2/2013||Cecil Shorts III, WR||Shorts had six catches for 64 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with 40 seconds remaining. The Jaguars have now won three of their last four games.
Analysis: A Cleveland-native, Shorts was very excited about his dramatic catch vs. the Browns. "For that play to happen in this game, in that situation, and the hometown," he said. "It's a dream come true."
|12/2/2013||Chad Henne, QB||Henne completed just 22 of 40 passes for 195 yards, but hit Cecil Shorts for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds left, rallying the rejuvenated Jaguars to a 32-28 win on Sunday.
Analysis: The Jaguars are 3-1 since their bye with all three victories on the road. "We're building confidence and we're getting better each and every day," Henne said. "And these wins and on the road, playing in a hostile environment, the guys are starting to feel it a little bit."
|12/2/2013||Steve Smith, WR||Smith had three receptions for 51 yards in Carolina's 27-6 victory on Sunday, a franchise-record eighth straight regular season victory.
Analysis: During the game, Smith moved into 20th in NFL yards receiving, passing Derrick Mason and Hines Ward
|12/2/2013||Cam Newton, QB||Newton capped a memorable weekend by throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns and "Superman" leaped over the pile for another score as the Panthers (9-3) defeated Tampa Bay 27-6 Sunday for a franchise-record eighth straight regular season victory.
Analysis: Newton, who led Auburn to a national championship and won a Heisman Trophy with the Tigers, is enjoying the best stretch of this professional career with 13 touchdown passes and five TDs rushing during the win streak.
|12/2/2013||Le'Veon Bell, RB||Bell says he's "lucky" to have only sustained a concussion following a big hit at the goal line late in last Thursday's 22-20 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: Bell was limited to running on Monday and isn't sure if he'll be available on Sunday when the Steelers face the Dolphins. The second-round draft pick leads Pittsburgh with 528 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He is also fifth on the team with 33 receptions.
|12/2/2013||Branden Albert, T||Albert hyperextended his left knee against the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: Coach Andy Reid did not say with any certainty whether he will be available against the Redskins.
|12/2/2013||Justin Houston, LB||Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not sound optimistic that he'll have Houston back for next Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.
Analysis: Houston dislocated his right elbow two weeks ago against San Diego and missed Sunday's 35-28 loss to Denver, a game in which the Chiefs failed to sack quarterback Peyton Manning.
|12/2/2013||Alex Smith, QB||Smith threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City on Sunday - one yards shy of matching his season high.
Analysis: He's thrown seven TDs and two INTs in the last three games.
|12/2/2013||Knile Davis, RB||Davis had a 108-yard kickoff return for a TD on Sunday against the Broncos.
Analysis: This was Davis' first career TD.
|12/2/2013||Jamaal Charles, RB||Charles rushed 19 times for 93 yards and a TD against Denver on Sunday.
Analysis: He has three TDs in the last two games. He also became the fifth Chiefs player with 1,000 attempts in his career and the first with four 1,000-yard seasons.
|12/2/2013||Peyton Manning, QB||Manning threw for 403 yards with five TDs and two INTs on Sunday against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Manning has now thrown 41 touchdown passes this season, breaking his team record of 37 set last season. He also eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for the 13th time.
|12/2/2013||Montee Ball, RB||Ball had a career-high 117 yards on 13 carries Sunday against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Ball has seen increased playing time of late and could be a sleeper going into the playoffs.
|12/2/2013||Eric Decker, WR||Decker had eight catches for a career-high 174 yards and four TDs for the Broncos (10-2) in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.
Analysis: He had three TDs coming into this game and is still an inconsistent option.
|12/2/2013||Trindon Holliday, WR||Holliday hurt his shoulder in the first half Sunday against the Chiefs.
Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
|12/2/2013||Andy Dalton, QB||On Sunday, Dalton was 14 of 23 for 190 yards with a TD and an INT, giving him 3,144 for the season
Analysis: Dalton joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to start their careers with three straight 3,000-yard seasons.
|12/2/2013||BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB||Green-Ellis rushed for 92 yards and a TD on 20 carries Sunday.
Analysis: This was a season-high rushing total for The Law Firm, who is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.
|12/2/2013||Keenan Allen, WR||Allen had eight catches for 106 yards Sunday against the Bengals.
Analysis: Allen has totaled 230 receiving yards in the last two games.
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