Bleacher Report's Week 16 NFL Highlight Tape

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 23, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions leaves the huddle while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 31-18. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Week 16 in the NFL was epic.

Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record, Jason Witten broke Tony Gonzalez's single-season receptions record for tight ends and Andrew Luck led his seventh game-winning drive this season.

These weren't the only big-time happenings around the NFL, though.

As we do every week, Bleacher Report is proud to present the biggest plays of the week, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show.


Calvin Johnson Makes History

The Atlanta Falcons won the game, and the Detroit Lions' miserable season continued, but amidst the rubble of a lost season, a hero emerged.

Johnson caught 11 passes for 225 yards in Week 16, breaking Rice's single-season receiving record in the process with one game left to play. 

At this point, it seems a given that Johnson will top 2,000 yards in 2012—a feat most of us didn't believe was possible. 


Reggie Bush Scores TD No. 3 

Bush was a one-man wrecking crew against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. He accounted for all three touchdowns in this game for his team, and the Miami Dolphins defeated their divisional rivals 24-10.

Not only is Bush an exceptional runner, but his receiving skills out of the backfield are top notch. 

The way he locates the ball in the air and taps his feet in bounds on his final score of the game was breathtaking. 


Reggie Nelson Buries the Steelers' Playoff Hopes

Ben Roethlisberger threw a game-losing interception in Week 15, and he did it again on Sunday.

Roethlisberger threw an interception in the waning moments against the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton then hit A.J. Green down the sideline to set up the game-winning field goal with seconds left on the clock. 

The interception sealed the fate of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they'll miss the playoffs in 2012. 


Jamaal Charles' Monster Game

The Indianapolis Colts couldn't stop Charles on Sunday. 

The Kansas City Chiefs ended up losing their game, but Charles was a juggernaut on the ground, rushing for 226 yards and one touchdown on just 22 carries.

He's the most underrated running back in the NFL, but that's what comes from being a member of one of the worst teams in the league.


Andrew Luck Does It Again

Luck doesn't have the prettiest stats in 2012, but he's proven he's a winner.

The Chiefs rushed for 352 yards on Sunday and tied the game in the third quarter after scoring 10 unanswered points. 

Then, Luck led his seventh game-winning drive of the season, hitting Reggie Wayne for a seven-yard touchdown strike to put the Colts up for good.


Dez Bryant Strikes Again

The Dallas Cowboys were defeated by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in overtime, but don't blame Bryant. 

Despite playing with a fractured finger, Bryant went off on the Saints with nine receptions for 224 yards. Both of his touchdown grabs were 58-yard gems, and we've featured his second one here, for your viewing pleasure.


Jason Witten Breaks Tony Gonzalez's Record

Witten is undoubtedly one of the greatest pass-catching tight ends in NFL history, and with one game left to play, he broke Gonzalez's record for most receptions by a tight end in a single season in league history. 


Blair Walsh Sets a Record of His Own

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, and rookie kicker Walsh set a record for most 50-plus-yard field goals in a single season.

Walsh went 3-for-3 in the game, and this magnificent 56-yarder was his ninth 50-plus make of the year. With this kick, he broke Jason Hanson's mark of eight, which he accomplished in 2008.


Charles Tillman Takes One to the House

Tillman's 2012 campaign can only be described as magnificent.

Not only has he forced 10 fumbles, but after today, he has returned three interceptions for touchdowns in 2012.

And while we know he did this one against the most pathetic offensive team in the NFL, his accomplishments this year are simply staggering and must be recognized. 


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