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Week 16: Flacco, Rice lift Ravens

Rice

Rice

Flacco

Flacco

Joe Flacco/Ray Rice

Quarterback/running back, Baltimore Ravens

With a division title hanging in the balance, Flacco and Rice each delivered gems. Flacco accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and Rice produced 158 yards from scrimmage with a TD in a 33-14 victory over the Giants. Flacco was 25-of-36 for 309 yards and didn't commit a turnover for the first time since Week 12.


Colston

Colston

Brees

Brees

Drew Brees/Marques Colston

Quarterback/wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

Brees and Colston put on a show in Dallas. The duo connected on 10 passes for 153 yards in the Saints' 34-31 overtime victory. Brees was 37-of-53 for 446 yards (tying a season high) and three touchdowns without an interception.


Bryant

Bryant

Dez Bryant

Wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys lost, but Bryant's big-play ability was on full display Sunday. Bryant had a pair of 58-yard TD catches against New Orleans and finished with nine receptions for a career-high 224 yards.


Ryan

Ryan

Matt Ryan

Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan matched a career high with four TD passes, including two to Roddy White, to help the Falcons beat Detroit 31-18 Saturday night and earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Ryan was 25-of-32 for 279 yards without a turnover.


Johnson

Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Wide receiver, Detroit Lions

With 11 catches for 225 yards, Johnson broke Jerry Rice's NFL single-season yards receiving mark of 1,848 Saturday night.
Johnson also became the only player with 100 yards receiving in eight straight games and the first with 10 receptions in four games in a row.


Rodgers

Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Quarterback, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers and the Packers' offense made it look easy against the Titans. Rodgers threw for three scores and ran for another in a 55-7 rout. He was 27-of-38 for 342 yards.


Manning

Manning

Peyton Manning

Quarterback, Denver Broncos

Another vintage performance by Manning moved the Broncos closer to securing a playoff bye. Manning completed 30 of 43 passes for a season-high 339 yards and three TDs, leading Denver to a 34-12 victory over the Browns.


Vikings

The Vikings' defense

The Vikings beat an AFC heavyweight despite not getting a great game from Adrian Peterson. Credit the defense. Minnesota held Houston to 11 first downs and 187 total yards in a 23-6 victory. There were big plays all around, including Fred Evans' sack of Texans QB Matt Schaub on a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.


Chargers

The Chargers' defense

Speaking of stellar defensive efforts, the Chargers sacked Jets QB Greg McElroy 11 times and forced two turnovers in a 27-17 victory. Kendall Reyes led San Diego with 3½ sacks; Shaun Phillips had 2½.


Green

Green

A.J. Green

Wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

Green's sure hands helped the Bengals secure a playoff spot for the second straight season. Green caught 10 passes for 116 yards as Cincinnati knocked Pittsburgh from the postseason picture with a 13-10 victory. Green's 21-yard grab in the final moments set up Josh Brown's game-winning field goal with four seconds remaining.


Charles

Charles

Jamaal Charles

Running back, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have had a miserable season, but Charles continues to be a bright spot. Charles rushed for 226 yards and a score on 22 carries (10.3-yard average) in a 20-13 loss to Indianapolis. It was his second 200-yard game of 2012.


Bush

Bush

Reggie Bush

Running back, Miami Dolphins

Bush found the end zone three times in the Dolphins' 24-10 victory over Buffalo. Bush scored on a 1-yard run and caught TD passes of 17 and 12 yards.


DUDS

Locker

Locker

Jake Locker

Quarterback, Tennessee Titans

As several young quarterbacks thrive, Locker continues to struggle. Locker completed only 13 of 30 passes and threw a pair of interceptions against the Packers. He was 3-of-12 for 35 yards at halftime.


Jets

The Jets' offense

Different quarterback, same result for the Jets. After a solid start, the McElroy-led attack fizzled against San Diego. The Jets managed just 225 total yards as McElroy was overmatched by the Chargers' aggressive D. He became the first Jets quarterback to be sacked 11 times since David Norrie by Dallas in 1987, a game played by replacements.


Giants

The Giants' offense

Eli Manning & Co. were no-shows for the second straight week. The Giants produced only 186 yards of offense (compared to 534 for Baltimore) and were 2-for-10 on third down.


Freeman

Freeman

Josh Freeman

Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Is it safe to say that Freeman and the Bucs are in a late-season funk? Freeman threw four interceptions for the second straight week as Tampa Bay lost its fifth straight, this time 28-13 to St. Louis.


Texans

The Texans' running game

The Texans rely on their ground game to set the tone, but Arian Foster and Ben Tate couldn't get on track against the Vikings' D. The pair combined for only 32 yards on 14 carries in a loss that prevented Houston from clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC.