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Reggie Wayne / WR / Indianapolis Colts

The Colts honored their head coach — Chuck Pagano, who is receiving treatment for leukemia — with an upset win over the Packers, and Wayne’s gutsy performance was a fitting tribute. Wayne had 13 receptions for a career-high 212 yards and a touchdown — the game-winner for the Colts. Rookie QB Andrew Luck hit Wayne, who was battling severe cramps on the final drive, on a four-yard pass for the game’s final score. Wayne considers Pagano family — the two go all the way back to Wayne’s college days, when Pagano served on the University of Miami coaching staff. Wayne has played in some big games, but he said the emotion of Sunday’s contest put it in rare company. “Is it a high?” Wayne said. “Yeah. I don’t necessarily have one (that compares) other than the Super Bowl game. But it’s up there.”



Robert Quinn / DE / St. Louis Rams

The Rams’ swarming pass rush had little trouble breaking through the Cardinals’ offensive line as St. Louis dealt Arizona its first loss of the season on Thursday night. Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times in the game — the most sacks by a Rams defense since Sept. 20, 1998 — and Quinn accounted for three of them in the first multi-sack game of his career. Quinn, a first-round pick in 2011, knocked the ball loose from Kolb on his last sack of the game, and it was recovered by the Rams, sealing the team’s third victory. Quinn had three other tackles in the game and a pass breakup. “We just went out there and played hard,” Quinn said. “It was a short week for us. I guess that didn’t matter. We just really tried to stay focused. Coaches put a great game plan together, and as players we just went out there and executed.”



Will Hill / S / New York Giants

Hill, a first-year player, helped the Giants pull away, and finish off, the Browns with his play on special teams. The game was tied at 17 when Hill knocked the ball away from Browns WR-RS Josh Cribbs during a second-quarter kickoff return. Giants S Stevie Brown recovered the loose ball, and the Giants, who trailed 17-7 at one point in the second quarter, never looked back, marching to a 41-27 win. Hill also recovered the ball when the Browns attempted an onside kick with 3:56 left in the fourth quarter. “He made a nice play on the on-side,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. “That was kind of goofy, I don’t know if that could be duplicated that kind of chip. … He was right on the spot. He’s a worker and hustler and he played a lot.” Hill is suspended for the next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.  

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