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Greg Jennings  /  WR  /  Green Bay Packers

Jennings was Aaron Rodgers' top target as the Packers kept pace with the Bears in the NFC North race, pummeling the Vikings 31-3 at the Metrodome. He had a season-high 152 yards on seven catches and made a career-high three touchdown grabs (11, 46, 22). The Packers' offense was listless — Green Bay had gained just 14 yards on its first three possessions — until Jennings' 47-yard reception in the second quarter, which put the team in Vikings' territory for the first time and set up a field goal that tied the game. Jennings joined Antonio Freeman and Javon Walker as the only Packers receivers to have at least seven catches, 150 yards and three TDs in a game.


Julius Peppers  /  DE  /  Chicago Bears

Peppers entered Week 11 having made two sacks all season, but he left with five after another dominant performance. He sacked Miami third-string QB Tyler ­Thigpen three times in the Bears' 16-0 win over the Dolphins and also jumped to deflect a Thigpen pass, which ended up being intercepted by CB Charles Tillman. The performance didn't lead Peppers to alter his stance on making sacks, however. "(They're) still overrated," he said. "It's nice to get them. It's nice to get a couple in the game, but it's even nicer to have that goose egg out there and get the win with it." Peppers made three other tackles in the win and helped the defense shut down Miami's running game.


Bryan McCann  /  CB  /  Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys trailed by five and were in danger of being pinned back deep in their own territory when Lions S John Wendling tapped a punt to keep it from going into the endzone for a touchback. McCann quickly scooped the deflected ball up and raced to his left, returning it 97 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Dallas never trailed again in a 35-19 win. "He changed the whole game and turned the game on its side," QB Jon Kitna said. It looked like McCann might have stepped out of bounds during the long return, but the Lions didn't challenge the ruling. McCann also returned two kickoffs for 55 yards as the Cowboys won for the second week in a row.

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