Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 12/3/12
We wrap up the 13th Sunday of the NFL season by looking at a handful of players who exceeded expectations and a handful who failed to deliver. Surprises Russell Wilson, Seahawks: I know Wilson shouldn't surprise me anymore, but the guy led an unbelievable 97-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes against a great Bears defense on the road and then never let Chicago touch it in overtime. That was the rookie's most impressive effort yet. Brady Quinn, Chiefs: Jamaal Charles was the key to Kansas City's emotional victory over the Panthers, but Quinn had his best game since -- well basically since his Notre Dame days. The much-maligned custodian quarterback completed 83 percent of his passes, threw two touchdowns and didn't turn it over on Sunday.  Greg McElroy, Jets: Small sample size, I know, but McElroy relieved Mark Sanchez after Sanchez threw three interceptions and ended up playing very well. He completed five of his seven passes and led the game's only touchdown drive. Who knew we'd have a quarterback controversy in New York this year and it wouldn't involve Tim Tebow.... Donnie Avery, Colts: He hadn't scored since Week 1 and had gone over 65 yards only once since Week 2, but Avery had 91 yards and two touchdowns in Indy's dramatic victory over the Lions. Jacob Tamme, Broncos: He hadn't caught more than six passes or picked up more than 50 yards in a game this season before catching nine for 89, leading all Denver receivers as the Broncos won their seventh straight game. Disappointments Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins: Against a weak New England pass defense, Tannehill was completely ineffective in a crippling loss to the Patriots, completing only 13 of 29 passes and failing to find the end zone. Rookies will have off days, but this was a big home game for Tannehill, and he fell on his face a little bit. C.J. Spiller, Bills: This isn't on Spiller, really. The guy played well against Jacksonville. I'm more disappointed in the Bills, who pissed off Spiller fantasy owners again this week by giving Spiller only 14 carries while Fred Jackson ran it 25 times. Ridiculous. Frank Gore, 49ers: Gore had his worst game of the season Sunday in St. Louis, providing almost no support for Colin Kaepernick as the Niners fell short against their division rival. He had just 58 yards on 23 carries.  Arian Foster, Texans: Only 53 total yards on 19 touches for Foster against Tennessee. He and the Texans probably don't care because Houston won, but fantasy owners have to be bothered by how much Justin Forsett is cutting into his reps.  Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: I sympathize with Fitzgerald and his quarterback situation, but he still has to do better than this. The future Hall of Famer had just one 23-yard catch in the loss to the Jets. 
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