Gators in the NFL: Week 12

There were 27 former Florida players active for an NFL team this weekend, and 18 of them started for their teams. Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and Rex Grossman were the former Gators who found the end zone in week 12.

Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an overtime win in San Diego. Tebow was 9-for-18 through the air for 143 yards and one touchdown. He ran the ball 22 times for 67 yards. Tebow's 22 rushes are the most by a quarterback in the NFL since the 1950s.

Tebow's favorite target in college, Percy Harvin, also had a big day. He started at wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikins and caught eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, while also tallying five carries for 11 yards. Harvin also had one kick return for 104 yards, which served as the longest non-scoring play in the NFL history.

David Nelson continued his solid season for the Buffalo Bills. He caught five passes for 47 yards and his career-high fifth touchdown of the season.

Reggie Nelson started at free safety for the Cincinnati Bengals and recorded one interception, four tackles, one quarterback hurry and two passes defended. Andre Caldwell had three receptions for 24 yards for the Bengals.

The connection stayed strong for the Washington Redskins, as quarterback Rex Grossman went 26-for-35 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Five of those passes went to Jabar Gaffney for 72 yards. Maurice Hurt started at left guard for the Redskins.

Major Wright started at strong safety and led the team with seven tackles. Wright had one tackle for a loss and one pass defended.

Cooper Carlisle started at right guard for the Oakland Raiders, his 112th career start. Louis Murphy caught two passes for 53 yards for the Raiders, while Lito Sheppard start at cornerback and made five tackles and defended a pass.

With Jeremy Maclin out again, Riley Cooper had another big week for the Philadelphia Eagles. He caught three passes for 71 yards in his second consecutive start. Punter Chas Henry had five punts for 199 yards and a long of 51 yards. He landed one inside the 20-yard line.

It was a quiet day for the Gators on the New England Patriots in a big win over the Eagles. Aaron Hernandez caught six passes for 62 yards, while Brandon Spikes was inactive with a knee injury. Gerard Warren and Jermaine Cunningham were active but didn't record a stat.

Ray McDonald started at defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and recorded seven tackles.

Jeremy Mincey started at defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars and recorded two quarterback hurries.

Mike Pouncey made his eleventh straight start at center for the Miami Dolphins in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

The Pittsburgh Steelers again started three former Florida players on their offensive line. Marcus Gilbert started at right tackle, the ninth start in 11 games of his rookie season. Maurkice Pouncey started at center while Max Starks started at left tackle and made the 75th start of his career.

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