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Game-saving plays followed by a game-ending plays, Week 14’s standouts made them when it counted earning this weeks honors.

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Offense

Top Offensive Performers

Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos

Freeman was limited on the ground to just eight carries for 24 yards in Denver’s dominant 38-24 victory over the Houston Texans. Denver is 2-0 with rookie Drew Lock under center and the second-year back was the benefactor with a receiving touchdown in the first half. The Broncos new-look offense with the rookie quarterback passed the eye test against Houston. It’s Freeman’s first receiving touchdown of the season. Perhaps it’s the first of many with a young quarterback aiming to prove himself as an elite signal-caller in the NFL.

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Defense

Top Defensive Performers

Troy Hill - Los Angeles Rams

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If the 16-point deficit wasn’t enough of a nail-in-the-coffin, then Hill’s interception with 1:36 remaining in the fourth quarter sure was. Hill’s late-game heroics helped seal the Rams 28-12 win over division-rival, Seattle. Los Angeles is making a push for the playoffs and heading in the right direction, winning three of their last four. The cornerback has been a big part of L.A.’s recent success with two interceptions since their win in November against da Bears.

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Special Teams

Top Special-Teamer

Ugochukwu Amadi - Seattle Seahawks

From a game-ending play to a potential game-saving play, Amadi recovered David Moore’s muffed punt-return with just 4:32 left in the fourth quarter. Amadi’s fumble recovery gave Seattle an opportunity to make a comeback, but as mentioned, Hill’s interception 11 plays later crushed those dreams.

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Honorable Mention

Joe Walker - Arizona Cardinals

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Got the start in his seventh game straight. Walker finished second on the Cardinals with seven total tackles, each solo. It’s also Walker’s second-highest tackle mark of the season, in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 at home. Through the last seven-game stretch, Walker has 29 tackles, averaging 4.14 tackles per game.