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November 27, 2012

Tigers in the NFL: Week 12 edition

Really, all you need to know is viewed in the best Play 60 commercial the NFL has released. Ever.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Posted his third 300 yard passing game of the season as he completed 18-of-28 passes for 306 yards, while also rushing 14 times for 52 yards and two scores as the Panthers defeated Philadelphia 30-22 on Monday Night Football. It was his first four-touchdown game of the season and second of his career.

Newton has thrown for 2,701 yards with 11 touchdowns and rushed for 446 yards with six scores in his second season after being drafted with the top overall pick in 2011. Newton has 52 total touchdowns in 27 career games.

VIDEO: Newton’s Highlights from MNF Win


Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit Lions: Five tackles on Thursday as the Lions narrowly fell to Houston 34-31 in overtime in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. Fairley has 16 tackles and three sacks in the last three games. The 13th overall pick in 2011, Fairley has played in 21 games with five starts in two seasons with the Lions. He has 27 tackles and 4.5 sacks in sophomore season.

Karlos Dansby, LB, Miami Dolphins: Seven tackles and one deflection in a 24-21 win over Seattle. A nine-year veteran, Dansby has more than 800 stops in his career. The Birmingham native has 83 tackles in 2012. He’s one of just four active NFL players with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions.

Quentin Groves, LB, Arizona Cardinals: Season high seven tackles and his first sack since Week Three as he made his second-straight start at linebacker in Arizona’s 31-17 loss to St. Louis. Groves is in his first season in Arizona and fifth overall in the NFL and he has 30 tackles with three sacks. He has totaled 137 tackles in his career with 5.5 sacks and two interceptions.

Pat Sims, DT, Cincinnati Bengals: Three tackles in a 34-10 win by the Bengals over Oakland. A five-year veteran, Sims has played in 55 games with 23 starts. He missed the first eight games of the season due to injury.

Rob Bironas, PK, Tennessee Titans: Tied his season high with four field goals on Sunday in a 24-19 loss to Jacksonville. Long field goal came from 40 yards out. Bironas has hit 20-of-24 field goals this season. He has hit on 83.3 percent of his attempts in eight seasons.

Carlos Rogers, DB, San Francisco 49ers: Started at corner for the 49ers in a 31-21 win over New Orleans. In his eighth season after being drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in 2005, Rogers has 35 tackles in 2012. He’s started all but three of the 93 games he played in since 2006 and was a 2011 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Saw his first action of 2012, recording one carry for one yard. Jacobs is an eight-year NFL veteran and is in his first year with the 49ers after seven seasons with the New York Giants, including two Super Bowl victories.

Takeo Spikes, LB, San Diego Chargers: Posted nine tackles, his highest total since week three, and half a sack in San Diego’s 16-13 loss to Baltimore. The 15-year veteran has started all 11 games for the Chargers in 2012 and totaled 57 tackles (36 solo) with one forced fumble. Spikes has recorded 1,412 tackles in his 15 seasons in the NFL, the last two with San Diego.

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