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December 13, 2010

Two-minute drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Tom Brady — Competing at God-like levels. In a blizzard, he hit 27 of 40 for 369 yards and a pair of TDs.

2. Eric Moore — Not sure who he is or how he got here. But I'm sure he was a difference maker yesterday with four solo tackles and a strip sack of a baffled Jay Cutler.

3. Devin McCourty — Turned in the play of the game, stripping Johnny Knox, a fumble scooped up by Gary Guyton for a 35-yard touchdown.

NO SHOWS

Again, this team hasn't turned the football over since Brian Hoyer's interception at Cleveland on Nov. 7. And this defense has given up a total of 10 points in two weeks.

Tough to find them here.

1. Shayne Graham — Missed an extra point.

2. Dane Fletcher — His hold cost Julian Edelman a TD on the punt return.

3. Brandon Meriweather — Continues his giant step backward in 2010 with one tackle.

GRADING THE GROUPS

OFFENSE

Line (A) — Might have been an A+ if Julius Peppers wasn't around. He was about the only Bear not totally neutralized.

Receivers (A+) — The best day a receiver tandem in these parts has delivered in recent memory. Again, in near whiteout conditions, Deion Branch and Wes Welker combined for 16 catches, 266 yards and a TD against one of the game's top defenses.

Running Backs (B+) — Moved the chains, made the blitz pickups and didn't turn the ball over.

Quarterback (A+) — An epic effort.

DEFENSE

Line (B) — As good as the had to be with Chicago stumbling all over itself.

Linebackers (B) — Gary Guyton was opportunistic, scooping up one of the easier TDs he'll ever get. Other than that, they were as good as they had to be with Chicago stumbling all over itself.

Secondary (B) — Devin McCourty made the nice strip, but again, it's monotonous. They were as good as they had to be with Chicago stumbling all over itself.

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