OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jamaal Charles / RB / Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs sent the Broncos, who entered Sunday with a slim chance at a postseason berth, home with a shell-shocked feeling, and Charles played a big role in Kansas City's rout. Charles ran for a franchise-record 259 yards on 25 carries, scoring on TD runs of five and 56 yards. The 56-yarder blew the game open with 6:25 to play, as the Chiefs pulled ahead by 20 points. He came within 37 yards of matching the record for rushing yards in a game but sat out Kansas City's final possession. "I could have (gone) back into the game, but I just went up to the coach (and said) I'm satisfied right now. I'll get (the record) some other time," Charles told reporters.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Derrick Johnson / LB / Kansas City Chiefs
After fading into the background for much of the year, Johnson, the one-time defensive star, returned to prominence in Week 17. Against a Broncos' offense that was without Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall, Johnson picked off two Kyle Orton passes and returned both of them for touchdowns. The first came in the third quarter. Orton threw a deep pass, but Johnson reeled it in and took it back 45 yards. He made his second pick-six in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard return, giving Kansas City a 37-24 lead. He finished with six tackles and four pass break-ups. Johnson only started three games this season after starting at least 12 in each of his first four years, but he made a career-high three picks in the 2009 campaign.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tim Shaw / LB / Chicago Bears
Shaw has been a force on special teams all season, and he may have saved his best performance for last. The 25-year-old linebacker chased down returners all day and made five special-teams tackles in the Bears' win over the Lions. He also pried the ball loose from Detroit's Derrick Williams on one fourth-quarter kickoff return and recovered the fumble, giving Chicago great field position at the Lions' 24-yard line. The turnover led to a 34-yard field goal by Robbie Gould, giving the Bears a 37-23 lead that would stand through the rest of the game. The only person Shaw did allow to run the length of the field was a fan who leaped over the railing in the first quarter before being escorted away.
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