NFL Week 13 Winners and Losers

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IDecember 7, 2009

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 06:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers is hit by Eric Wright #24 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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By Derek Lofland.

Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints for finishing three quarters of the NFL season perfect at 12-0.

More congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts, who tied the 2006-2008 New England Patriots with 21 consecutive regular season victories over the red-hot Tennessee Titans, who came into that game with a five-game winning streak.

The last time the Colts lost a game was October 27, 2008, when they lost 31-21 to the then 6-0 Tennessee Titans.


Seeing I am in a congratulating mood, a player that deserves congratulations is San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson. His struggles have been well documented this year, but on Sunday he passed Marshall Faulk and Jim Brown on the NFL career rushing list and now sits at eighth in NFL history. He also scored his 150th touchdown in his 137th game, which is the fastest to that mark in NFL history. Emmitt Smith previously accomplished the feat in his 160th game. Those are two very impressive accomplishments.

Now, let’s move onto the rest of the exciting action from Week 13.

MVPs of the Week:

Oakland Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski…MVP of the week? Yes, I actually did type that. The Oakland Raiders QB went 20-for-33 with 308 yards and three touchdowns to go along with no picks in the Raiders stunning 27-24 win in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are now 6-6 and their playoff hopes are quickly being put on life support; if the season ended today, they would be the 10th team in the AFC.

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart had 26 carries for 120 yards and one touchdown filling in for the injured DeAngelo Williams in the Panthers 16-6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Finally, San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates went nuts again with eight catches for 167 yards and no touchdowns in the Chargers 30-23 win over the Cleveland Browns. This star tight end puts up wide receiver numbers on a weekly basis; that total tied New England Patriots WR Wes Welker for the most receiving yards on Sunday, as Welker had 10 catches for 167 yards in the Patriots 22-21 loss in Miami to the Dolphins.

The Patriots are now 0-5 in opposing teams’ stadiums this year. Their only win away from New England was a win over the 1-10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London. That loss leaves New England with a 7-5 record and a one-game lead over the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. That division is now wide open with four games to play...

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