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December 31, 2013

NFL Boilers: Orton starts; Week 17 notes

Aside from a throw, Kyle Orton played well enough to win on Sunday, although his efforts came up short in a 24-22 loss to Philadelphia.

The defeat kept the Cowboys from the playoffs, ended the Dallas season at 8-8 and prevented Orton from continuing as the starter this season.

But Cowboys' fans are used to late-game picks. That said, Orton had Dallas in position to win, with two touchdowns and nearly 370 yards of offense.

Mike Neal will continue to have a big role in Green Bay, helping to fill in for the injured Clay Matthews.

Neal has had a good season, with 50-plus tackles that rank him seventh on the Packers. And all that considering a position change to linebacker.

It will be a Westlake High rivalry when New Orleans travels to Philadelphia on Saturday, with the football team's two most famous alums - apologies to Kyle Adams - facing off in the Wildcard round of the playoffs.

Most of the Westlake community will be watching. Nick Foles, who graduated 10 years after Drew Brees, broke most of Brees' records at the Austin, Texas high school.

They both look excellent in their high school pictures.

Brees passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season for the fourth straight year. No other QB has done it more than once.

Rob Ninkovich played in 95.5 of New England's defensive snaps this season.

His value to the Pats is more than numbers, and should be enough to at least get him some Pro Bowl consideration.

He's likely one of the AFC's most well-rounded defensive ends.

Ryan Kerrigan will have knee surgery after suffering an injury in Week 3.

The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 17 statistics.

Tennessee Titans (7-9, 16-10 win over Houston)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoReserveTitans gained 151 yards rushing; line allowed one sack
#31SSBernard PollardStarterSix tackles, 1 pass defensed

Carolina Panthers (12-4, 21-20 win at Atlanta; BYE in Wildcard round of playoffs)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserveOne tackle, 1 QH

Dallas Cowboys (8-8, 24-22 loss to Philadelphia)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonStarter30-of-46 passing for 358 yards, 2 TDs / 2 int., for a 85.2 QB rating

Denver Broncos (13-3, 34-14 win at Oakland; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsStarterOne tackle

Green Bay Packers (8-7-1, 33-28 win at Chicago; host San Francisco at 4:40 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DE/LBMike NealStarterSix tackles

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12, 30-10 loss at Indianapolis)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJaguars gained 42 yards rushing; line allowed three sacks

New England Patriots (12-4, 34-20 win over Buffalo; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50LB/DERob NinkovichStarterFive tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH

New Orleans Saints (11-5, 42-17 win over Tampa Bay; play at Philadelphia at 8:10 p.m. Saturday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter24-of-31 passing for 381 yards, 4 TDs / 0 int., for a 157.4 QB rating

New York Giants (7-9, 20-6 win over Washington)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#17QBCurtis PainterReserve2-of-8 passing for 11 yards, 0 TD / 1 int., for a 0.0 QB rating

Philadelphia Eagles (10-6, 24-22 win at Dallas; host New Orleans at 8:10 p.m. Saturday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#67RTDennis KellyNot activen/a

San Diego Chargers (9-7, 27-24 OT win over Kansas City; play at Cincinnati at 1:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 186 yards rushing; line allowed three sacks

Seattle Seahawks (13-3, 27-9 win over St. Louis; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#56DECliff AvrilReserveOne int.

Tampa Bay (4-12, 42-17 loss at Tampa Bay)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#86TEKyle AdamsReserveNone

Washington Redskins (3-13, 20-6 loss at New York Giants)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarterThree tackles, 1 TFL

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