Tar Heels in NFL: Late fumble overshadows solid game for Trubisky; Holcomb continues to play well

By R.L. Bynum

There was a lot to like about quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s game in the Chicago Bears’ 34–30 loss to the Detroit Lions. But, ultimately, his fumble on a strip-sack that led to the Lions’ game-winning touchdown will get a lot of attention.

Trubisky connected on 26 of 34 passes for 267 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and a season-high 108.3 passer rating.

In Washington’s 23–17 upset of the previously unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers, Tar Heels on both sides put up good games.

For the Steelers, tight end Eric Ebron had seven catches for 68 yards. For Washington, linebacker Cole Holcomb had four tackles, five assists and recorded a tackle for a loss.

Ebron did have four drops in the game, though.

According to Pro Football Focus, Holcomb has the fifth-highest linebacker grade since earning the starting job at Washington in Week 6.

In the Cleveland Browns’ 41–35 victory over the Tennessee Titans, cornerback M.J. Stewart had snagged a bobbled pass for an interception he returned 21 yards in addition to two tackles and an assist.

Offensive tackle James Hurst again started for the New Orleans Saints in their 21–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and played every offensive snap.

It was another tough day for Gio Bernard and the Cincinnati Bengals. In their 19–7 loss at Miami, Bernard had 12 rushes for 30 yards. In that game, Miami wide receiver Mack Hollins had one catch for seven yards but also was one of several players ejected.

How Tar Heels fared in Week 13

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