Tony Romo(notes), Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys. Romo continued his torrid run through the home stretch of the season, finishing the day 24-of-34 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. That makes five of the last six weeks now that Romo has had a quarterback rating of over 100, so a lot of those "Romo can't win when it counts!" critics can now help themselves to a great big spoonful of Shhhhhhh.
Jamaal Charles(notes), Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs. That's the kind of performance that will throw some uncertainty into next season's fantasy football draft boards. Charles went bananas against the Broncos yesterday, posting the rare 10-yards-per-carry average on a day when he had 25 carries. He finished with 259 yards, which put him over 1,000 yards for the season in a year where he didn't get more than six carries in a game until Week 10. That's sick. His rushing yardage on the last four games of the year: 143, 154, 102, 259. Every time he got 20 carries, he got 100 yards.
Derrick Johnson, Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs. Back-to-back Chiefs? That's right, back-to-back Chiefs. Johnson had two interceptions of Kyle Orton(notes), and took them both to the paint for six. Or twelve, I guess. Defensive players who score twice in a game have a pretty high appearance rate here in yesterday's five MVPs.
Mike Jenkins(notes), Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys. Jenkins officially recorded three passes defensed against the Eagles, but he'll accept this award on behalf of the entire Cowboys secondary. They put the shackles on everyone except Brent Celek(notes) (seven catches for 96 yards) this afternoon, holding DeSean Jackson(notes) and Jeremy Maclin(notes) both to three receptions for 47 yards.
Jacoby Jones(notes), Wide Receiver, Houston Texans. Earlier in the day, Jones was on the short list for least valuable player of the day, but look at him now! In the third quarter, a Matt Schaub(notes) red-zone pass hit him in the hands, bounced off, and ended up 91 yards away for a Patriots touchdown. After that, though, Jones recovered to make two huge grabs on third-and-longs, haul in a beautiful tippy-toe-tappy touchdown grab, and had a huge 31-yard punt return that set up the Texans' game-tying touchdown. Failure and redemption in one afternoon. You have got some brass, Mr. Jones.
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