Deacons in the NFL - Week 13
Calvin Pace and the Jets' defense were key in New York's 7-6 win over Arizona last weekend.

Dec. 6, 2012

By Eric Roberts,

Josh Bush - Jets
The New York Jets hosted the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a matchup of 4-7 teams looking for success in the latter part of the season. The Jets' defense dominated the game by holding the Arizona offense to only 137 total yards for the game. The Cardinals managed to convert two field goals for the game, but it was not enough as the Jets scored the game-winning touchdown with a 1-yard pass in the fourth quarter to close out a low-scoring battle 7-6. The Jets' defense held the Cardinals to only five first downs for the entire game. Bush continued to fill his role on special teams for the Jets. He has seen action in all 12 games this year for the Jets. New York (5-7) is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season as it takes on the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Tyson Clabo - Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons played the New Orleans Saints on Thursday in a meaningful game as the Saints ruined the Falcons perfect record in their Week 10 matchup. The Falcons' offense dominated early in the game after going up 17-0. The defense then took over from there as they pestered Saints quarterback Drew Brees all game long and forced him to throw five interceptions. The defense also broke Brees' 54-game record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The Falcons made sure they got their revenge against the only team who has been able to beat them as they won 23-13. Clabo and the offensive line helped the Falcons jump out to an early lead which proved crucial to helping them secure the victory. The Falcons (11-1) are looking to improve on their league-leading record as they take on the defending Super Bowl champions the New York Giants on Sunday.

Chris Givens - Rams
The St. Louis Rams played divisional opponent San Francisco on Sunday. The Rams' Week 10 matchup against the 49ers made history as it finished in a tie, and this game would come down to the wire as well. Givens was a usual threat on offense as he finished the game with 11 catches for 92 yards. His most important catch came on 3rd and 10 on the 49ers' 45-yard line with the clock ticking down. His 5-yard catch put the Rams in field goal position and allowed them to tie the game and force overtime. The Rams then took advantage in overtime of a missed field goal from the 49ers and converted on a 54-yard kick to win the game 16-13. Givens has emerged as the top receiver for the Rams this season and Sam Bradford's new favorite target. The Rams (5-6-1) will play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in a matchup of two teams looking for their sixth win on the season.



Joe Looney - 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers played the St. Louis Rams on Sunday for their second matchup this season. The first game earlier this season resulted in a 24-24 tie and this game did not disappoint as well. The 49ers seemed to have the game all wrapped up as they led with nine seconds remaining in the game, but the Rams converted on a 53-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The 49ers had the first chance to win the game in overtime, but missed wide right on a 51-yard field goal attempt. The Rams countered and were able to convert a 54-yard field goal for the victory 16-13. Looney, who has not seen any action yet, still sits second on the depth chart at the left guard position. The 49ers (8-3-1) host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday as they look to secure a playoff position.

Calvin Pace - Jets
The New York Jets took on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a non-conference tilt. The Jets' defense, which came into the game ranked 30th in the league for rushing yards allowed, managed to hold the Cardinals to just 67 total rushing yards for the game. Pace had an influential role in the success of the defense as he finished the game with three total tackles, two of which came unassisted. The defense held the Cardinals to only six points as they helped the offense secure the win 7-6. The six points scored against the Jets is the lowest amount scored in a single game this season. The Jets (5-7) will take their momentum from this victory to Florida next week as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Steve Vallos - Jaguars
Vallos was inactive for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Vallos is expected to play a "swing" role off the bench for the Jags, as he is able to play both guard spots and center. The Jaguars (2-10) will play the New York Jets on Sunday in an AFC matchup.

Kyle Wilber - Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys took on divisional rival Philadelphia on Sunday in their second matchup this season. The Cowboys, who managed to take the 38-23 victory in round one, got off to a slow start after allowing two first-half touchdowns to go into the half trailing 17-10. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo emerged as a leader in the second half as he led the offense down the field on their first possession and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tie the game up. He helped the Cowboys score 21 fourth-quarter points to take the victory 38-33. Wilber saw action on the defensive side of the ball and finished the game with one tackle. The Cowboys (6-6) will try to keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Injured/Practice Squad
Brandon Ghee - Bengals (Injured Reserve)
Chris DeGeare - Titans

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