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Sunday, November 30, 2003
Updated: December 2, 12:55 PM ET
Chiefs holding on top spot

By Tom Jackson
Special to

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 13 of the 2003 NFL season:

1. Chiefs 11-1 No letdown at San Diego for determined Chiefs.
2. Patriots 10-2 Magnificent goal-line stands ensures 8th straight win.
3. Colts 9-3 Great comeback thwarted in the final minutes vs. Pats.
4. Titans 9-3 Steve McNair started Monday, but the Titans were upset by the Jets.
5. Eagles 9-3 Made enough plays offensively to frustrate Carolina.
6. Cowboys 8-4 Cowboys defense overwhelmed on Turkey Day.
7. Panthers 8-4 Usually-reliable PK John Kasay dooms Panthers.
8. Rams 9-3 Moved the ball at will against hapless Minnesota.
9. 'Hawks 8-4 Mike Holmgren's club easily disposes of Browns.
10. Dolphins 8-4 Dolphins look like different team with Fiedler at helm.

Offensive player of the week:
Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler. Completed 16 of 20 passes for 239 yards and three scores (all to wide receiver Chris Chambers) and snuck one in for another touchdown as Dave Wannstedt's team humbled the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

Defensive player of the week:
Rams defensive end Leonard Little. Totaled six tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in St. Louis' embarrassment of the Vikings.

Special teams player of the week:
Patriots kick returner Bethel Johnson. Returned a Colts kickoff 92 yards on the final play of the first half to extend New England's lead to 24-10, then took back another kickoff 67 yards (after the Colts tied the score at 31-all) to set up Tom Brady's game-winning touchdown pass at Indianapolis.

Number of the week:
127. The number of touchdowns now scored by Rams running back Marshall Faulk, who passed Walter Payton and Jim Brown on the all-time list with his three scores vs. the Vikings.

Surprise of the week:
Lions over Packers. Including the playoffs, Brett Favre is 5-8 at Detroit, and for the sixth time in those 13 games he was intercepted at least three times as Green Bay fell on Thanksgiving Day.

Coaching move of the week:
Bengals' offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski. On Cincinnati's game-winning drive at Pittsburgh, he called a draw play to running back Brandon Bennett at the Steelers' 34, gaining 16 yards and setting up Cincinnati's go-ahead score.

Rising this week:
Bengals. They've won four games in a row in the same season for the first time since 1989, a year after their last Super Bowl appearance.

Falling this week:
49ers. If you can't win on the road, you won't be going to the playoffs and Dennis Erickson's squad was overwhelmed in Baltimore.

Store it away:
A lot will be settled next week as 12 of next week's 16 games are within the division, including Colts at Titans, Dolphins at Patriots, Cowboys at Eagles and Bengals at Ravens. Wow!

Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.