NFL Top Ten Performances (Week 15)
Sunday had a lot of important things happen. Certain people shined out there on the field to help their teams bring home the win.
The Jets, Dolphins, and Patriots all kept their division hopes alive by winning and remaining tied in the AFC East.
The Steelers locked up the North with an amazing touchdown pass in the end.
The Panthers kept their hopes of getting the No. 1 seed in the NFC by winning while the Giants lost.
The Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive as well.
So here are the top ten performances from Sunday.
10. Miami Defense
The Miami Dolphins beat the San Francisco 49ers 14-9 to keep their playoff and division hopes alive. Chad Pennington may have thrown two touchdown passes, but it was the Miami defense that held the 49ers to only three field goals.
9. New York Jets Running Game
You may give credit to Brett Favre for managing the game well, but New York's 31-27 victory over Buffalo would not have happened if it were not for Leon Washington and Thomas Jones.
They combined for 125 yards on only 21 carries. Cap that off with two touchdowns between them. Add a lucky piece of bad play calling on Buffalo's behalf, and you have a win for the Jets.
8. Matt Cassel
They may have only been playing Oakland, but the New England Patriots destroyed and kept their playoff and division hopes alive with a 49-26 victory.
Matt Cassel is showing why the Patriots do not need Tom Brady. He threw for 218 yards, 4 touchdowns and only one interception.
7. Andre Johnson
The Houston Texans got the upset over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, as they won 13-12.
Andre Johnson had seven receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown. He holds the franchise record for most yards by a receiver.
6. Tashard Choice
Apparently, the Giants could not stop this guy. He had 91 yards and a touchdown on only nine carries as the Cowboys beat the Giants in an upset, 20-8.
The Cowboys' playoff hopes are still alive.
5. Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson may not have had a rushing touchdown, but he did run for 165 yards on 28 carries. Most of the time he set up the touchdown passes.
This only marks the second time the Cardinals have lost at home, while the Vikings maintain control of the NFC North.
4. Carolina Panthers Running Game
Carolina kept the Chargers' playoff hopes alive with a win over the Broncos 30-10.
Most of the credit should be given to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart,l who combined for 140 yards and two touchdowns off of 28 carries.
3. Michael Turner
The Falcons squeaked out a win over the Buccaneers Sunday in overtime, winning 13-10. Michael Turner ran for 152 yards and a touchdown off 32 carries.
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick
When a quarterback can throw for 201 yards and one touchdown, and also run for 29 yards and another touchdown, you know he is either good, or just having a good day.
Here is to helping your team get their second win on the season.
1. Ben Roethlisberger
It may have been a low scoring game between two amazing defenses, however it was the last play for the Pittsburgh offense that got them the win.
For those of you who criticize Ben Roethlisberger for holding onto the ball too much, well doing just that he created something out of nothing and got the win for his team.
By doing so, the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the division.