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Jacoby Jones, Punt Returner, Houston Texans. Oh, Jacoby Jones. I'm sorry that I have to write this when all I really want to do is give you a hug, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Jones was Monsignor Muff on Sunday, making an absolutely inexplicable decision to try and field a bouncing punt right in front of a Baltimore defender. He muffed it, as you may have guessed, and pretty much gave the Ravens seven points. And, unfortunately, he didn't stop making goofy plays there. Rough day for Jacoby.
Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Denver Broncos. You knew he was going to end up on one list or the other. In fact, that's probably going to be true in any given week ‒ in all his games this year, Tebow's only had a passer rating between 70 and 95 once. Scheme and preparation are what beats Tebow, and both of those things happen to be Bill Belichick specialties. They got pressure on Tebow without always sending blitzers, and when the linebackers get to stay home, it's bad news, Timmy.
Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins, Defensive Backs, New Orleans Saints. On every big play Vernon Davis made for the 49ers on Saturday, it was some combination of Harper and Jenkins escorting him downfield. It's hard to blame those guys, because Davis is a hulking, winged beast, but when a fellow goes off for 180 yards and two touchdowns, someone's got to pay.
T.J. Yates, Quarterback, Houston Texans. T.J. Yates is a rookie fifth-round pick, so I don't want to put too much blame on his shoulders. On the other hand, I think Dan Dierdorf may have gone a little too far in saying that he "played a good game." He made some good throws. That much is true. But he also had three interceptions, none of which were ever in danger of being caught by a Texan, and was lucky that a handful of other terrible throws were dropped by Ravens. Again, nothing against Yates ‒ what can you really expect from a guy in his position ‒ but with even a sub-mediocre quarterback in the game (like Matt Leinart, for example), don't the Texans probably win that game?
Jermichael Finley, Tight End, Green Bay Packers. I chose Finley, but as a representative of everyone in Green Bay who came down with a case of the dropsies. What a truly wretched display by the Packers receiving corps. I don't know if it would've made a difference in the game had they caught every single pass, given how the Giants dominated them. It was just so un-Packer-like, though. Betrayed by the strength of their team. That's going to sting for some time.
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