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November 22, 2010

The two-minute drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Jermaine Cunningham — The debate will reign as to whether he truly touched Peyton Manning on James Sanders' clinching interception. He clearly agitated Manning enough to force the biggest play of the season for this young defense. Way to go rookie.

2. Danny Woodhead — He's no longer a gimmick. He's a legit threat. The little guy chewed up 69 yards on seven carries with a 36-yard TD. Added four catches for 21 yards.

3. Deion Branch — When he's done with football, Deion Branch should write a book entitled, "A receiver's guide to shredding Cover 2." When teams play with the two safeties in deep halves, there may not be anyone better at finding the soft spots underneath in the zone, or just by beating man-under coverage with his savvy. Led the way with seven catches for 70 yards.

4. Katherine Doherty — The teen from Andover and Noble & Greenough was on top of her game, ripping off a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that had the Gillette Stadium folks rocking.

NO SHOWS

1. Kyle Arrington — Who put this guy on Reggie Wayne? Even with help from Brandon Meriweather over the top, he allowed Wayne 8 catches for 107 yards and a TD.

2. Jerod Mayo — Now I know the mental midgets calling into radio talk shows will laud Mayo as Superman. Imagine 11 solo tackles. Wow! On those 11 plays, Indy racked up 9, 5, 9, 5, 2, 8, 11, 7, 3, 4 and 8 yards (an average of 6.5 yards per play). Is that good defense? Maybe in Indianapolis, but not here.

3. Tully Banta-Cain — Played the multitude of snaps with little impact at all rushing the QB. Throw in the dumbest 15-yard penalty of the year in the fourth quarter, and yeah, it was a tough day.

GRADING THE GROUPS

Offense

Line (B+) ... Aside from one sick spin and sack from Dwight Freeney and a missed blitz pick up that got Tom Brady plowed over by Keyunta Dawson, it was a productive day up front. Opened holes, or at least shoved the Colts back on running plays. Strong day.

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