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Top 5 must-see plays from Week 12 (Video)

Eric Edholm
Shutdown Corner

1. Discount double spin
Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien might not have finished the game – he got benched for Matt Flynn early in the second half – but he did make one lasting impression while playing. Tolzien put on some serious circle-button action, as he first faked out Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison and then completely juked Letroy Guion on the Dwyane Wade-esque spin move for an early touchdown scramble.


2. Hot-potato pick
The Carolina Panthers put themselves in a big hole before coming back to beat the Miami Dolphins but did have one good play early on. Just over a minute into the game, the Panthers’ defense intercepted Ryan Tannehill — after just about everyone had their hands on the ball. Thomas Davis got a hand on it, followed by Mike Mitchell, perhaps Melvin White, and maybe even a Dolphin or two … before it ends up in the hands of reserve Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas for the pick.


3. Tavon who?
St. Louis Rams speedster Tavon Austin might have gotten off to a slow start this season, and the announcers might not even know his name yet, but there’s little question about whether he can fit into the NFL now. Austin took the third play of the game — an end reverse-of-field — and raced 65 yards for a score an early body blow to the undisciplined run defense of the Chicago Bears.


4. Seyi? Say yes
It’s not clear which was more shocking Sunday: That the San Diego Chargers, losers of three straight, would score 41 points against the Kansas City Chiefs, or that Seyi Ajirotutu would catch the game-winning pass? Ajirotutu had only 19 catches in 35 NFL games (including two in eight games this season) coming into this game, but he looked outstanding in this sliding grab with 24 seconds remaining. What a throw, and what a catch.


5. Big Ben, punter
Up 20-3 with just over seven minutes left, the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to be opting to go for it on 4th-and-18 from the Cleveland Browns’ 30-yard line. Why not, right? Ah, but those tricky Steelers had something up their sleeves … or pant legs. Ben Roethlisberger instead pooch punted the ball — he’s a left-footer, by the way — and it trickled down to the 1-yard line, downed by Emmanuel Sanders. Pretty good strategy with the Browns down to Brandon Weeden at quarterback.

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