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Geno Smith, New York Jets
Rookie QB helps Jets win in stunner: Behind Geno Smith -- a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start -- the New York Jets pulled off an 18-17 victory in the game's final moments. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked a field goal with 38 seconds remaining for what appeared would be the winning score. Instead, Smith led the Jets into position for Nick Folk's 48-yard game-winning field goal with two seconds left. The attempt was set up by a long scramble by Smith, and a personal-foul penalty against the Buccaneers that assured the improbable ending.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady sets up decisive score: The New England Patriots got all they could handle from the upset-minded Buffalo Bills. Trailing 21-17 entering the fourth quarter, quarterback Tom Brady shook off a sloppy start to the 2013 season to deliver two scoring drives. The second of those drives -- a 49-yard march in 12 plays -- set up Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard game-winning field goal with 35 seconds remaining. Brady completed all six of his pass attempts on the final drive, and twice completed passes to convert on third down to deliver a 23-21 win.
Brian Cushing, Houston Texans
Cushing pick six highlights Texans rally: Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing missed most of the 2012 season with a torn ligament in his left knee. His return to the playing field helped his team pull off a huge comeback against the San Diego Chargers. The Texans rallied out of a 28-7 hole, and Cushing's interception return for a touchdown capped the 21-point comeback, tying the game at 28-28. Cushing and the Texans defense forced four three-and-outs for the Chargers during the comeback, including a stand that set up Randy Bullock's game-winning field goal as time expired in the 31-28 win.