Two former Tar Heel defenders had standout performances in week 14 of the NFL season. In Buffalo, Da'Norris Searcy had his best game of the year, logging five tackles in a 15-12 Bills' loss. Two of his stops were unassisted and one went for a loss. He now has 36 tackles on the year, which is a career high. In Jacksonville, Jets' rookie Quinton Coples tallied the third sack of his rookie campaign in a New York win. He had two tackles on the day to give him 22 takedowns on the year.
Other former Tar Heels in action this weekend include:
Marvin Austin, NY Giants - Austin was listed as inactive for the Giants' match-up with the New Orleans Saints. The Giants won the contest 52-27
Connor Barth, Tampa Bay - Barth was his usual reliable self on Sunday, converting all three extra points in the Buccaneers 23-21 loss to Philadelphia.
Zach Brown, Tennessee - The rookie linebacker continued his impressive campaign, making three stops, all of which were unassisted. He also tallied one hit on Colts' quarterback and fellow rookie Andrew Luck.
Bruce Carter, Dallas - The Cowboys placed Carter on injured reserved for the season after an elbow injury he suffered on Thanksgiving. At the point of his injury, he led Dallas in tackles.
Shaun Draughn, Kansas City - Draughn got two offensive touches, taking one handoff for no yards and catching one ball for eight yards. He also had a single kick return for 20 yards in the Chiefs' 30-7 defeat.
Vonnie Holliday, Arizona - The veteran defensive lineman made two stops in the Cardinals' defeat on Sunday, one of which was made for a loss. His two tackles brought his season total to 12 stops on the year.
Greg Little, Cleveland - Little had seven targets and hauled in four of them for a total of 69 yards receiving. He also had his number called once in the running game, taking his carry for 17 yards.
Michael McAdoo, Baltimore - The Ravens placed McAdoo on injured reserved for the season following Achilles surgery.
Hakeem Nicks, NY Giants - Nicks was a key contributor to the Giants' volatile passing attack, hauling in four catches for 67 yards. He also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Giants' win.
Julius Peppers, Chicago - The 12th year defensive end hasn't lost a step, making four stops along the defensive line, including three solo tackles. One of his stops was made behind the line of scrimmage.
Robert Quinn, St. Louis - Quinn got back in the sack column on Sunday, making two tackles including a sack to bring his season total to 9.5.
Garrett Reynolds, Atlanta - The Falcons placed Reynolds on injured reserved for the season with a lower back injury. Reynolds started the first six games of the season before getting hurt.
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay - Saturday and the offensive line paved the way for 288 yards of total offense as the Packers defeated the Detroit Lions 27-20.
Gerald Sensabaugh, Dallas - The ninth year safety assisted on three tackles in the Cowboys' 20-19 come from behind victory. He also defended a pass on the afternoon.
Brandon Tate, Cincinnati - The Bengals' return specialist logged two kickoff returns for 55 yards, including a long of 35. He now has 677 kickoff return yards on the year.
Ryan Taylor, Green Bay - Taylor made two stops for the Packers' special teams, bringing his season total to four tackles.
Cam Thomas, San Diego - Thomas had two tackles from his defensive tackle position for the third time in four weeks. On the season, he has made 11 total stops.
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh - The Steelers punted seven times for 332 yards and a 47.4 yard average. The veteran long snapper also aided in the conversion of Pittsburgh's only field goal attempt and all three extra points.
Johnny White, Green Bay - White was active for the Packers' win over the Lions, seeing action on special teams.
TJ Yates, Houston - Yates and the Texans will be featured in a matchup of AFC powers on Monday Night Football as Houston travels to face the New England Patriots.