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Aaron Rodgers  /  QB  /  Green Bay Packers

It was a cold, windy day at Lambeau Field, but after misfiring on some throws early on, Rodgers settled in and overcame the conditions. "I've played here enough times in the winter to know that the wind usually blows from our tunnel to the northwest side of the field," he said. "Unfortunately, I just forgot about that for a quick second, but it wasn't a huge factor." He completed 21-of-30 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were thrown to WR Greg Jennings. Rodgers connected with WR Donald Driver, who broke several tackles on his way to the endzone, for the other TD. Rodgers didn't throw an interception, and he gained 9.8 yards per carry, rushing four times for 39 yards.


Troy Polamalu  /  S  /  Pittsburgh Steelers

With first place in the AFC North on the line, Polamalu made the big play that tilted the game in Pittsburgh's favor. The Steelers trailed the Ravens 10-6 late in the fourth quarter when Polamalu ran into the backfield untouched on a blitz and stripped the ball from QB Joe Flacco. OLB LaMarr Woodley recovered the fumble and a Pittsburgh offense that had been struggling scored the game-winning touchdown three plays later when QB Ben Roethlisberger found RB Isaac Redman for a TD pass. The Ravens had a chance to tie the game or take the lead in the final minute, but Flacco couldn't convert on a 4th-and-2 play. Polamalu finished the game with five tackles, including the strip-sack, two hits on Flacco and one pass breakup.


Eric Weems  /  WR-RS  /  Atlanta Falcons

Third-year veteran Eric Weems started the Falcons' comeback Sunday, busting loose on a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which cut Tampa Bay's lead to three in the fourth quarter. Atlanta went on to win the NFC South showdown 28-24. "We talk all the time about being resilient and somebody has to step up and make a play," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "The play today was the play of our kickoff-return team, and a great individual effort by Eric Weems." The 102-yarder set a franchise record for longest kickoff return, and it was the first time Atlanta had a kickoff return for a TD since Dec. 15, 2002. Weems picked up 61 yards on his three other kickoff returns and he also returned a punt for 10 yards.

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