The final week of the regular season for the NFL, and while some game mattered more than others there were some memorable performances for our Week 17 Dave & Adam’s “Leaders of the Pack”.
Quarterback: Geno Smith – New York Jets – 20/25, 358 yards, 3 TDs
Geno’s performance wasn’t good enough to keep Rex Ryan from getting fired, although that decision might have been made before the game, but it was the best of his young NFL career. The Jets trailed the Dolphins 24-14 after Lamar Miller ripped off a 97-yard run for a touchdown, but New York responded with 23 unanswered points, including two TD passes from Smith, to win their fourth game of the season. The win cost the Jets a couple of spots in the draft order, which could keep them from drafting Smith’s replacement.
Running Back: Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – 25 carries, 144 yards
Gore was in typical workhorse form for San Francisco as he helped send off head coach Jim Harbaugh with a win. In what seemed like an under the radar year for the 10-year veteran, Gore still managed to post over 1,000 yards rushing for the eighth time in his career. He became just the 11th player in NFL history with eight 1,000 yard seasons and the 20th player to rush for over 11,000 yards in their career. It was an emotional game for Gore, who is a free agent this offseason, as it might have been his last as a 49er.
Wide Receiver: Eric Decker – New York Jets – 10 catches, 221 yards, 1 TD
It’s hard to believe after playing with Peyton Manning that Decker would break any of his career records, but that’s what happened on Sunday. Decker’s 221 yards is the best performance of his five-year career. It was a happy ending to a dismal season filled with nagging injuries and having to play with less-than-stellar quarterbacks. Decker finished the season with a respectable 962 yards, but it’s off the pace of his two years playing with Manning.
Look for Eric Decker rookie cards in 2010 football products.