49er Garrison Hearst rushed for 103 yards on 26 carries during Sunday's win over the Dolphins to bring his total to 1,042 yards. Hearst did not play during the last two seasons due to leg injuries. Hearst is the front runner for the Comeback Player of the Year award.
"Can you believe that?" Head Coach Steve Mariucci said. "Can you imagine that? For us to think he was going to be this dominating after all those surgeries, it's quite a story."
Hearst has rushed for over 1,000 yards three other times in his career.
"It feels good, but I give all the credit to my o-line," Hearst said. "They have opened up holes for me all season and you can't help but run through them."
Chiefs kicker Todd Peterson kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Broncos. He had missed a 41-yarder earlier during the overtime period after hitting a 31-yarder that was called back due to a holding penalty. Peterson converted on field goals from 51, 43, 41, and 32 yards while missing from 28 and 41 yards.
Peterson commented on his day: "It was bizarre. I have never, personally, been involved in that situation. I thought I was hitting the ball so well and hit the long one early on, then came back and hit one. Missing that short kick blew my mind, then to hit the next one and get the win --It just seemed to mirror our season; it was like a microcosm of that. These guys have fought so hard and the whole time. I was just thinking ‘Lord, if there were ever a game that I would want to win for my teammates, this would be it.'"
Cowboys second-year linebacker Orantes Grant made his first NFL start and combined for four tackles in a loss to the Seahawks.
Jets rookie cornerback Jamie Henderson recorded his first career interception on a deflected Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half of a victory over the Bengals.