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Drew Brees, Saints, was 27 of 37 for 377 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception in New Orleans’ 35-28 win over Tampa Bay. Brees has 16 career games with at least four touchdown passes and 300 yards passing, tied with Dan Marino for the most in NFL history. Brees had his 62nd 300-yard passing game of his career, tying Brett Favre for the third-most 300-yard passing games in NFL history. Denver’s Peyton Manning (67 games) holds the record, while Marino (63) has the second-most in NFL history.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 30 of 37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay’s 30-20 win over St. Louis. Rodgers set a single-game franchise completion record of 81.1 percent with a minimum of 35 attempts.

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers, was 24 of 42 for 420 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 35-28 loss to New Orleans.

Eli Manning, Giants, finished 26 of 40 yards for 337 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in New York’s 27-23 win over Washington.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson, Titans, had 18 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s 35-34 win over Buffalo. Johnson joined Earl Campbell and Eddie George in becoming the franchise’s third player to have 30 100-yard games.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 23 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 21-14 win over Arizona. Peterson tied Robert Smith’s franchise record with his 29th career 100-yard rushing game. Peterson has 67 career rushing touchdowns, the fourth-most through 80 games in NFL history. Only Emmitt Smith (78), Jim Brown (76) and LaDainian Tomlinson (73) have more through 80 career games.

LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals, had 20 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown in Arizona’s 21-14 loss to Minnesota.

Receivers

Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers, had seven catches for 216 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 35-28 loss to New Orleans.

Victor Cruz, Giants, had seven catches for 131 yards, including a go-ahead 77-yard touchdown, in New York’s 27-23 win over Washington.

Jordy Nelson, Packers, finished with eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 30-20 win over St. Louis.

Lance Moore, Saints, had nine catches for 121 yards in New Orleans’ 35-28 win over Tampa Bay.

Defense/Special Teams

Johnathan Joseph and Connor Barwin, Texans, Joseph returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown and Barwin sacked the Ravens’ Joe Flacco for a safety in Houston’s 43-13 win over Baltimore.

Devin McCourty, Patriots, returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown in New England’s 29-26 win over the New York Jets.

Brad Smith, Bills, returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo’s 35-34 loss to Tennessee.

Injuries

Jacksonville lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a left foot injury. Then quarterback Blaine Gabbert hurt his non-throwing shoulder. Jones-Drew was on the field for just two snaps, carrying the ball on the first two plays at Oakland before leaving with an ailing left foot. The Redskins also lost a key player during a dramatic road loss. Tight end Fred Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in the first half of Washington’s 27-23 setback against the Giants. He needed help to the sideline before he was carted to the locker room.

Quote of the Day

“With our offense and Eli at the helm, we’re never too worried. No matter what situation we’re in, no matter how many points we need or a field goal we need, we have the confidence we can do it. We have a lot of confidence in each other, and in Eli,” said Victor Cruz, Giants wide reciever, on quarterback Eli Manning leading the game-winning drive in a 27-23 win over Washington. The touchdown with 1:13 left was the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.

Associated Press