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NFL plays of the week: Patriots and Saints give two of the week's best catches

Okay, so maybe there was a hold at the end of the Patriots vs. Saints game -- but there were some great catches too.

The end of Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints may have had a controversial ending, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some excellent quarterback and receiver play.

Tom Brady is clutch, with a little help from his friends


Tom Brady hasn't gotten a lot of help from his receivers in 2013, but rookie Kenbrell Thompkins stepped up in a big way on this game-winning touchdown. This was the last chance for New England, and a perfectly placed throw from Brady was the only thing that kept the New Orleans Saints from finishing with a 6-0 record.

Okay, so maybe there was one more thing that helped keep the Saints from an unbeaten record -- a very impressive hold that resulted in a non-call.


Kenny Stills was almost the hero


Brady's last-second heroics changed the narrative on Sunday, which could have been about Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills hauling in the deep pass and beating New England.

Despite having the defensive back on his receivers' hip, Drew Brees trusted Stills by throwing deep to the fifth-round rookie when the game was on the line. This was Stills' first career touchdown catch and could have been made even more memorable if this resulted in a New Orleans win.

Steve Smith obliterates Chad Greenway


Steve Smith played a terrible game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, and developed a pretty big chip on his shoulder after two costly drops helped seal the Panthers' fate.

On Sunday he looked to make up for his past failings, and Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was on the receiving end of this huge block that allowed running back DeAngelo Williams to make a huge gain.

Smith gives up 57 pounds in this matchup, but it doesn't show in this clip.

Steelers trickery


It's hard to tell what the best part of this play is, Antonio Brown's surprisingly well-placed pass or the bobble from Felix Jones that almost resulted in a blown play but instead made it ten times better.

The Steelers have struggled on offense this season as offensive coordinator Todd Haley has come under fire for an inability to call successful plays with Ben Roethlisberger under center. The answer is now clear: He just needs to put a wide receiver in the role.

Not the play of the week: Leaving Brady hanging


Tom Brady has been doing his best to make the most of his sub-par weapons this season, but Julian Edelman couldn't do him the simplest courtesy of slapping him five for a play well done.




Poor Tom. I hope he finds someone to slap his hand soon.

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