OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jeremy Maclin / WR / Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles suffered a potentially devastating loss in the first half of their Week Six game when WR DeSean Jackson, who already had scored two touchdowns, had to leave after he was severely concussed in a helmet-to-helmet hit. Maclin was unfazed, and helped Philadelphia to a 31-17 win, making a game-high seven catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns. His eight-yard score put the Eagles ahead 21-0 and his 83-yard TD broke the Falcons after they had cut the deficit to 21-10. "Anytime you lose any guy in your offense, especially somebody like that, everybody has to step up and have a good game," Maclin said of Jackson's departure. "We have playmakers all around our offense. Today was just a day when I got a lot of balls."
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
E.J. Henderson / MLB / Minnesota Vikings
Facing a must-win game much earlier in the season than they anticipated, the Vikings held off the Cowboys, and Henderson single-handedly ended two Dallas drives with interceptions. The two turnovers were converted into 10 points, including the game-winning field goal by PK Ryan Longwell, in Minnesota's 24-21 win. "We were desperate," Henderson said. "You heard the panic word all week." Henderson made nine tackles in the game and played a major role in holding the Cowboys to 3.4 yards per carry. It was the first time that Henderson, who has dealt with severe injuries in each of the past two seasons, had picked off a pass since Oct. 22, 2006. The 30-year-old had two career interceptions prior to Sunday.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Percy Harvin / WR / Minnesota Vikings
After falling behind 14-7 just before halftime, Minnesota lined up to receive Dallas' kickoff to start the third quarter. Twelve seconds and one 95-yard return by Harvin later, the game was tied at 14. It was exactly the spark the desperate Vikings, who went on to get their much-needed second win of the season, needed. "I think they were on the field twice as long as we were in the first half," Vikings head coach Brad Childress said. "We didn't have anything going. There's no better energy than a return for a score." The return was Harvin's most significant contribution of the day, but the jack-of-all-trades was a factor on offense, too. He had three catches for 21 yards and ran the ball twice for 18 yards.