Matt Ryan

The Falcons' second-year quarterback looked like the guy who tore up the league as a rookie as he threw three touchdown passes, including a 42-yarder to Roddy White on Atlanta's first play from scrimmage, in crushing Buffalo, 31-3.

Ravens' discipline

Baltimore hurt itself with 11 penalties for 113 yards in a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh. Linebacker Terrell Suggs' illegal-block penalty cost the Ravens a touchdown on an interception by cornerback Domonique Foxworth. Later, the Ravens lost an interception on an illegal-contact penalty on cornerback Frank Walker.

Ray Rice

The Ravens running back out of Rutgers is emerging as one of the brightest stars in the league. In a losing effort, he became the first ballcarrier to rush for more than 100 yards in a game against Pittsburgh in more than two years. He had 141 yards on 30 carries.

Giants' defense

With all-time great Lawrence Taylor looking on, New York lost its final regular-season game at Giants Stadium to Carolina, 41-9, and gave up 416 total yards in the process. It was the fourth time this season the Giants had allowed a 40-point game.

Sebastian Janikowski

Oakland's kicker booted a 61-yard field goal, the fourth-longest one in NFL history, on the final play of the first half against Cleveland. Janikowski kicked a low liner that barely cleared the crossbar, hitting the goose-neck support and bouncing back onto the field. Despite three Janikowski field goals, the Raiders lost, 23-9.

Matt Cassel

It's been a trying year for the Kansas City quarterback as he tries to work the controls of a broken football team. Cassel was 22 for 37 for 180 yards and two interceptions. Cassel did throw one TD pass in a 17-10 loss to Cincinnati.

Darren Sharper

The Saints safety set an NFL single-season record for interception-return yards when he brought back his ninth interception of the year for 21 yards against Tampa Bay. He now has 376 yards, breaking the mark of 358 set by Baltimore's Ed Reed in 2004.

Garrett Hartley

The New Orleans kicker had a chance to win the Saints' game against Tampa Bay with a 37-yard attempt near the end of regulation, and even team owner Tom Benson raised his arms in triumph as the ball lifted off. But Hartley's kick hooked left, and the Bucs pulled off an improbable upset in OT, 20-17. Hartley's miss was only the second in his two-year career and the first from inside 58 yards.

Carnell Williams

Tampa Bay's Cadillac was humming again. Williams rushed for 129 yards and a score in the Bucs' upset of New Orleans. He had not rushed for 100 yards since 2006 - before serious injuries in both knees.

Matt Hasselbeck

The Seattle QB threw four interceptions for the second week in a row. This time, it was in an embarrassing 48-10 loss to Green Bay. The Packers turned three of those four turnovers into touchdowns.

Jon Beason

The Carolina linebacker had a game-high 13 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a pass defensed in the win over the Giants.

Jonathan Stewart

The Panthers running back had 206 yards and a TD on 28 carries against New York.