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Yesterday's five most valuable players: McNabb says hello

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Donovan McNabb(notes), Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles. McNabb's final stat line against the Broncos: 20-of-35, 322 yards, three touchdowns, one interception. That's pretty good, and it doesn't even account for his biggest play of the day, a 27-yard scramble on third-and-25 from deep in his own territory late in the fourth quarter. When McNabb does that now, he might be sucking wind and grabbing his hamstrings afterward, but he can still do it. 'Twas a great all-around effort yesterday from one of the game's best quarterbacks.

Jim Caldwell, Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts. You can say what you want about Jim Caldwell's decision yesterday, but it was the execution of that decision that impressed me. He had a quarterback who didn't want to come out of the game, but he successfully prevented that quarterback from re-entering the game. Awesome, awesome work. See, Brad Childress? It can be done.

LaMarr Woodley(notes), Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers. Woodley's streak of quarterback terror continued yesterday, and in the most clutch way possible. Just when the Ravens thought they were out of body parts in which they could shoot themselves (and we'll talk more about that in a bit), Woodley helped them find a couple more. On the Ravens' last drive of the game, Woodley sacked Joe Flacco on third down, and then he sacked Flacco on fourth down, forcing a fumble on the latter for good measure. Woodley's one of the few Steelers who can boast a good second half of the season.

Tom Brady(notes), Quarterback, New England Patriots. That was the kind of game that will increase the amount of pants-soiling by defensive coordinators of fellow AFC playoff teams. Of course, most teams probably won't take the same, "Hey, let's sit back here and give Tom Brady all day to throw" approach that the Jags did, either. Handsome Tom finished 23-of-26 for 267 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the beatdown of the Jags.

Cadillac Williams, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay's game-winning drive in overtime went like this: Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Josh Freeman(notes) run, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, field goal. It capped off a 129-yard, one-touchdown day for Caddy, who also scored in the fourth quarter.

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