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NFL Update: Week Seventeen
Release: 12/31/2012

It seems as though every weekend Titans' rookie linebacker Zach Brown logs another career first or personal best, and this weekend was no exception. Brown tied an NFL record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns on Sunday to go along with four total tackles, a sack, and three total passes defended. Brown returned his first interception of the day 79 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter before adding a 30 yard interception return in the third. He finished the season with 93 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, three interceptions and two touchdowns.


Other former Tar Heels in action this weekend include:


Marvin Austin, NY Giants - Austin concluded his first professional season in which he saw action by making a season high three tackles in a win over the Eagles. He ends 2012 with eight tackles in eight games.


Connor Barth, Tampa Bay - The fifth year kicker ended his season on a high note, knocking home all three field goal attempts (22, 42, and 48 yards), and both extra points. On the year, he made 28 of 33 field goal attempts including a career long of 57 yards and registered a career high 123 points.


Bruce Carter, Dallas - The Cowboys placed Carter on injured reserve for the season after an elbow injury he suffered on Thanksgiving. At the point of his injury, he led Dallas in tackles with 70.  


Quinton Coples, NY Jets - After the Jets took Coples with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, he responded with 30 tackles along the defensive line, including two in Week 17. He also tallied 5.5 sacks and defended two passes.


Shaun Draughn, Kansas City - Draughn ended his season with an impressive 23 yards on only five carries for a 4.6 yard average. He ends his first year in the league with 233 yards on 59 attempts with two touchdowns, 158 yards on 24 receptions, and 537 return yards on 23 kickoffs.


Vonnie Holliday, Arizona - In his 15th year Holliday made 14 total stops, including one in Week 17. On his career he has 598 tackles, 62.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles.


Greg Little, Cleveland - Little nabbed his fourth touchdown of the year and second in as many weeks on his way to three receptions for 38 yards in the Browns' 24-10 loss to the Steelers. He finishes the season second on the Browns with 647 receiving yards on 53 receptions with a career high four touchdowns.


Michael McAdoo, Baltimore - The Ravens placed McAdoo on injured reserve for the season following Achilles surgery.


Hakeem Nicks, NY Giants - Nicks was active despite an ankle injury, but failed to make a reception and was not targeted on the day. He ends his fourth season in the league with 53 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns while only playing in 13 games.


Julius Peppers, Chicago - A week after being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, Peppers defended a pass and recovered a fumble, his fourth of the year. He ends his 11th year in the league with 39 tackles, 11.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two passes defended and a blocked kick.


Robert Quinn, St. Louis - Quinn ended the most successful season of his young career by logging a sack in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He finishes with 29 tackles and 10.5 sacks, two passes defended and one forced fumble.


Garrett Reynolds, Atlanta - The Falcons placed Reynolds on injured reserve 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 Packers played their way to the third seed in the NFC in spite of a loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Saturday was selected to his sixth career Pro Bowl in his first season with Green Bay, despite the fact that he was replaced in the starting lineup last weekend.


Da'Norris Searcy, Buffalo - Searcy was rendered inactive in Week 17 due to a groin injury suffered last weekend. He will end his season with a career high 39 tackles and two forced fumbles.


Gerald Sensabaugh, Dallas - The eighth year safety made four tackles, including one for a loss in the Cowboys 28-18 loss to the Redskins. The loss eliminated the Cowboys from playoff contention. Sensabaugh made 58 tackles on the season, defended three passes and forced a fumble.


Brandon Tate, Cincinnati - Tate was the Bengals leading receiver after tallying three receptions for 53 yards, with a long of 44. He also returned two kickoffs for a total of 56 yards. He ends the regular season with 211 receiving yards on 13 receptions with one touchdown, 187 punt return yards on 21 attempts, and 795 return yards on 32 kickoffs. The Bengals earned the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs.


Ryan Taylor, Green Bay - The special teams ace ended his season with eight total tackles and one reception for 11 yards. The Packers host the Vikings in the playoffs next weekend.


Cam Thomas, San Diego - Thomas logged three tackles in his last game of the season, bringing his yearly total to 20 which matches his career high. 11 of his stops came in the month of December.


Greg Warren, Pittsburgh - The eighth year long snapper aided in the conversion of one field goal and three extra points, as well as 251 yards on 6 punts in the Steelers' 24-10 win over the Browns. He made two tackles on the year.


Johnny White, Green Bay - The Packers placed White on injured reserve for the year with a concussion. White logged eight carries for 34 yards this season between Green Bay and Buffalo.  


TJ Yates, Houston - The Texans will return to the playoffs as the third seed in the AFC. Last year, Yates led the Texans to their first playoff victory in franchise history in place of injured starter Matt Schaub. This year, Schaub is healthy and Yates will continue his backup duties. 

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