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Andrew Luck, Colts, finished 31 of 55 for 362 yards with two TD passes and an interception in Indianapolis’ 30-27 win over Green Bay. Luck is the first rookie in NFL history to pass for at least 1,200 yards (1,208) and get at least two wins in his team’s first four games. Luck and Cam Newton are the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards in three of their first four career games.

Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 31 of 44 for 345 yards with three TDs in Denver’s 31-21 loss to New England.

Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 34 for 52 of 345 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception in Atlanta’s 24-17 win over Washington. Ryan led the Falcons to 17 fourth-quarter points for his 18th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. That is the most by a quarterback in his first five seasons in the Super Bowl era.

Alex Smith, 49ers, was 18 for 24 of 303 yards with three TDs in San Francisco’s 45-3 win over Buffalo.

Eli Manning, Giants, finished 25 of 37 for 259 yards with three TDs and an interception in New York’s 41-27 win over Cleveland.

Jay Cutler, Bears, was 23 for 39 of 292 yards with 2 TDs and an interception in Chicago’s 41-3 win over Jacksonville.

Runnings Backs

Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants, finished with 30 carries for 200 yards and a TD in New York’s 41-27 win over Cleveland.

Stevan Ridley, Patriots, had 28 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 31-21 win over Denver.

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, had 30 carries for 140 yards in Kansas City’s 9-6 loss to Baltimore.

Matt Forte, Bears, had 22 carries for 107 yards in Chicago’s 41-3 win over Jacksonville.

Frank Gore, 49ers, had 14 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco’s 45-3 win over Buffalo.

Receivers

Reggie Wayne, Colts, finished with 13 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis’ 30-27 win over Green Bay.

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, had nine catches for 188 yards in Denver’s 31-21 loss to New England.

Brandon Marshall, Bears, had 12 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown in Chicago’s 41-3 win over Jacksonville.

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, had 13 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s 24-17 win over Washington. The TD was the 99th of his career, tying Gonzalez for eighth in NFL history with Hall of Famer Don Hutson.

Michael Crabtree, 49ers, had six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco’s 45-3 win over Buffalo.

Defense/Special Teams

Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs, Bears. Each player returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in Chicago’s 41-3 win over Jacksonville. Tillman and Briggs also returned two of the team’s five interceptions for touchdowns in Monday night’s 34-18 victory at Dallas. Tillman and Briggs are the first set of teammates in NFL history to each return an interception for a touchdown in consecutive games.

Injuries

Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Matt Cassel were knocked out of their games with head injuries, and Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu limped off the field after aggravating his strained right calf. Redskins rookie Griffin sustained a “mild concussion,” according to coach Mike Shanahan, when he took a shot to the helmet while scrambling to try to avoid a sack during Washington’s 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Cassel, Kansas City’s quarterback, left with a head injury in the fourth quarter after getting hit by Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata while attempting a pass.

Quote of the Day

“I’m sure we were all lying to everybody the whole week, trying to downplay it. I think we all went out there wanting to do it for Chuck (Pagano) more than anything else. To see all the emotions on Mr. Irsay’s face, BA’s (Bruce Arians), everyone in there, I think it’s one of the greatest athletic moments I’ve ever been a part of.” – Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck said after throwing for a career-high 362 yards in Indianapolis’ 30-27 win.