1. Alshon’s acrobatic catch
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is having a Pro Bowl season, and after Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings he’s the owner of the two biggest receiving games in franchise history. He helped achieve his career high in yards with one of two touchdowns, including this circus catch over Vikings corner Chris Cook while keeping his feet in the end zone and controlling the ball.
2. Gordon, lightfoot
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon joined Jeffery as the only two players to catch at least 10 passes and total 200 or more receiving yards in the same NFL day. Gordon, like, Jeffery, also saw his team lose. But the Browns can’t blame that on their star receiver, who high-pointed the ball on this pass from Brandon Weeden and did the rest of the work himself on a 95-yard catch and run.
3. Devil of a run
New England Patriots fullback James Develin is a former college defensive end at Brown who had all of two catches and zero carries entering Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. So when he had his named called on a plunge from the Texans; 1-yard line, you knew he would not get tackled easily. Watch Develin get stopped twice before he powers his way in, helping send the Texans to their 10th straight loss.
4. Ginn > Revis
A sight not often seen: Carolina Panthers receiver Ted Ginn getting the best of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis. Ginn, who caught the game-winning pass against the Patriots, also made the play Sunday to help the Panthers pull away from the Bucs, burning Revis in the process, with a 36-yard score. Check out Ginn’s fancy pirouette on the double move.
5. Crab’s back
The San Francisco 49ers have missed the playmaking ability of injured wide receiver Michael Crabtree, but Sunday they got a taste of what their offense could be down the stretch. Crabtree hauled in this 60-yard grab that signaled his return to the lineup and had 49ers fans dreaming of what might be.
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