Le'Ron McClain, RB, Baltimore - 22 carries, 139 yards, 1 TD
A few years ago the Ravens won it all with a solid running game and an excellent defense. They may be on track to do it again. Not only did McClain have a huge night against the Cowboys on Saturday, Willis McGahee added 108 yards of his own thanks to a 77-yard touchdown run. Joe Flacco threw for just 149 yards but did not turn the ball over. On the defensive side of the ball, Ed Reed stole the show with two interceptions. The Ravens still need one more win the clinch a playoff berth and if they do it, I wouldn't want to be the team to have to face them.
Phillip Rivers, QB, San Diego - 21/31, 287 yards, 4 TD
The Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive with a big win in Tampa. Rivers had another big game with two touchdowns to Antonio Gates. Darren Sproles and Brandon Manumaleuna each scored on screen plays while Vincent Jackson led the team with 111 yards on seven catches. Once again LaDainian Tomlinson had a disappointing day with 90 yards rushing and 20 receiving and did not score.
Jason Jones, DE, Tennessee - 4 Tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 FF
In the absence of Albert Haynesworth the rookie Jones stepped up today for the Titans. Jones hit Ben Roethlisberger hard and often who in turn lost two fumbles and two interceptions. Justin Gage had the big day on offense for Tennesse with five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. LenDale White and Chris Johnson combined for 117 rushing yards and each scored. The Titans win over the Steelers give them a much deserved home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Chad Pennington, QB, Miami - 26/34, 235 yards, 3 TD, 1 Int
Brett Favre may be going to the Pro-Bowl but it looks like it's Pennington that will be taking his team to the post-season. The Dolphins won a tough game in Kansas City thanks to the arm of their quarterback. Pennington found Anthony Fasano late in the fourth quarter for his second touchdown of the game and the defense held on for the teams' tenth victory. Pennington will have a chance to show the Jets the error of their ways next week when his team visits New York to play for the AFC East title. Stay tuned.
Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati - 38 carries, 171 yards
With a final score of 14-0 it may be suggested that the Bengals and Browns engaged in a defensive struggle. But in reality, it was more of a couple of inept offenses playing touch football in an empty lot. Benson nearly totalled more yards than the entire Browns offense which finished with 182. He did more than triple his quaterback's passing total of 55 yards. Cornerback Leon Hall deserves credit with three interceptions and running one of those back for a score.
Maurice Morris, RB, Seattle - 29 carries, 116 yards
In a season that has been lost for a while, the only thing the Seahawks have left to play is the role of the spoiler. And that's exactly what they did on Sunday. Seattle beat the Jets by holding them to just three points and then running the ball with Morris. Seneca Wallace was servicable with 175 yards and a score. But those numbers were better than the Jets' QB. Favre finished with 187 passing yards yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and was sacked four times.
Jay Cutler, QB, Denver - 25/45, 359 pass yards, 8 carries, 30 rush yards, 2 TD
Cutler did all he could to beat the Bills and clinch the AFC West crown. He rushed the ball more times than any Bronco back. He hooked up with his pro-bowl receiver, Brandon Marshall, 10 times for 129 yards. But he also threw a late interception ending the Broncos chances to beat the Bills. It also did not help that he can't play defense as the Broncos continue to allow big points to their opponents. But they will have one more chance next week in San Diego to win the crown and move on to the playoffs.
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Minnesota - 7 ctaches, 136 yards, 2 TD
Shiancoe has a huge game against the Falcons but it was not enough to pull out a victory. Atlanta capitalized on Minnesota mistakes and clinched a playoff spot thanks the Bucs loss to the Chargers. The Vikings are still very much alive, however, and should not be too discouraged. Despite some fumbles and poor clock management, Tavaris Jackson did fairly well throwing for 233 yards and running for 76 more. The rest of the running game was shaky with Adrian Peterson finishing with just 76 yards.
The Game Used Sock Award
Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona - 6/18, 30 yards
Yes, there are a number of excuses for the play of Warner and the Cardinals in New England on Sunday. First, there's the whole 'west coast traveling to the east coat' thing. Then the couple of inches of snow and low temperatures didn't help. And, of course, Arizona already wrapped up a playoff berth and don't have much to play for. Oh yeah, Warner was without Anquan Boldin too. BALONEY. Fine, don't bring your 'A' game. Rest some players. Play some back-ups. And don't risk injuries. But 30 passing yards in two and a half quarters is pathetic in any scenario. And by the way, the other quarterback on the field threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns and his team may miss the playoffs. So Warner gets to fly back to the desert wearing his dirty socks. Hopefully they're those thermal-heated socks that hunters wear - not that it made a difference.
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