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Week 13 Splash Plays: NFC North players look great in tough losses

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Megatron being Megatron: We talked Sunday about the historical significance of Calvin Johnson's season, and here's the play of the day Megatron pulled off against the Indianapolis Colts. Sometimes, it just isn't fair -- especially when the Indianapolis Colts decided to single-cover Johnson on the sideline, and Johnson responded with this ridiculous one-handed catch.

Luck to Avery for the Win: That said, Johnson walked off the field with a 35-33 loss, because Andrew Luck -- who'd had a pretty awful game otherwise -- nailed this 14-yard touchdown throw to Donnie Avery with time running out.

Golden Tate beats the Bears: Perhaps Tate is inspired by the exploits of his Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but the second-year receiver has been on quite a tear of late. But this late touchdown against the Chicago Bears was a pretty impressive physical effort.

Sidney Rice wins in overtime, gets clocked for his trouble: Ouch! Seattle's main receiver will feel this one for a while. He took this pass in from Russell Wilson in overtime and broke the plane for the winning score, but really paid for it when Bears safety Major Wright blew him up.

Adrian Peterson does it all: Maybe AD and Larry Fitzgerald can get together in the offseason and start a support group for extraordinary players saddled with quarterbacks who are anything but. On this 82-yard TD run, and all through a 210-yard day on the ground, Peterson put forth an amazing effort that was wasted by Christian Ponder's two red zone picks.

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