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NFL Prime Time Players - Week 2


Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
With all eyes on quarterbacks Michael Vick and Matt Ryan, it was the 35-year-old future Hall of Fame tight end Gonzalez who stole the show in Atlanta on Sunday night. The 15-year veteran had seven catches for 83 yards and two acrobatic TD receptions — the 89th and 90th of his illustrious career — during an especially sweet 35–31 victory over the Eagles.

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
The three-time Super Bowl champion completed 31-of-40 passes for 423 yards, three TDs and zero INTs in a 35–21 win over the Chargers, one week after passing for 517 yards, four TDs and one INT in a 38–24 victory against the Dolphins. So far this season, Brady has completed 71.6 percent of his passes for 940 yards — a new NFL record for Weeks 1 and 2 combined — seven TDs and one INT with a 128.0 passer rating and a 2–0 record. If Brady keeps up this pace for 16 games, he’ll throw for 7,520 yards, 56 TDs and eight INTs.

Kenny Britt, WR, Titans
It didn’t take long for new Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to find his go-to receiver. The 6'3", 215-pound Britt was a one-man offense — hauling in nine catches for 135 yards and one score — during a shocking 26–13 upset win over the rival Ravens. Hasselbeck finished the game with 358 yards through the air, the seventh highest total of his 13-year career. Meanwhile, after an offseason full of controversy, Britt has 14 catches for 271 yards and three of the Titans’ four total TDs this season.

Charles Woodson, CB, Packers
Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton recorded his second straight 400-yard passing game but the No. 1 overall pick was also schooled by a few veteran moves from fellow Heisman Trophy winner Woodson. The former Defensive Player of the Year had five tackles, two INTs and one forced fumble — while Pack safety Morgan Burnett added seven tackles, one sack, an INT and a forced fumble — during a closer-than-anticipated 30–23 win at Carolina.

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
One week after losing two costly fourth-quarter turnovers in a season-opening loss to the Jets, Romo bounced back to lead the Cowboys to a 27–24 overtime victory over the 49ers. The scapegoat-turned-hero returned to the field after suffering a franctured rib and punctured lung, completing 20-of-33 passes for 345 yards, two TDs and zero INTs in a winning effort. “I know what he had to do to get back on the field,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “But, boy, did he come back. That was inspirational.”