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1. QB Aaron Rodgers: Playing at what his head coach considers an elite level for the past month, Rodgers has risen to the top of PFW's Packers MVP meter after registering his fourth-straight 110-plus pass rating (135.1) and performing brilliantly in the Packers’ Week 13 victory over the Niners. Against San Francisco, Rodgers completed 21-of-30 passes for 298 yards and three TDs. He also continued to do damage with his legs, frustrating the Niners’ defense with four carries for 39 yards. Rodgers also has been using his head; his hard count capitalized on the over-eager tendencies of the Niners’ pass rush and was used to great advantage on the Packers’ first score of the game — a 57-yard bomb to Greg Jennings. Rodgers has completed 73.9 percent of passes in his last four games and has now gone without an interception for five straight games. The last Packers QB to pull of that feat was a fellow named Bart Starr back in 1966.
2. WR Greg Jennings: After a slow start, Jennings has come on like gangbusters, almost certainly on a fast track toward what would be his first Pro Bowl berth. Jennings was no match for the Niners in Week 13, catching six of the seven passes thrown his way for 122 yards and a pair of TDs. Jennings has registered three straight 100-yard performances and has 43-761-8 in the last seven games.
3. OLB Clay Matthews: It’s not like the “Claymaker” suddenly has feet of clay, as evidenced by his six tackles and one pass breakup against the Niners in Week 13. But he has not had a sack in two games and has lost his league-leading 11½-sack status to Miami’s Cameron Wake, who now has 12. A shin injury that has limited Matthews' practice time lately probably has a lot to do with his relative lack of production all of the sudden. But head coach Mike McCarthy counters by pointing out how many plays Matthews continues to open up for other defenders.
4. CB Tramon Williams: Williams did nothing against the Niners to make the Packers sorry they gave him a new contract last week that makes him the team’s fourth highest-paid player based on average salary. Williams has yet to allow a TD pass this season and continues to lead the team in interceptions (four) and pass breakups (15). He has only one penalty called against him the entire season.
5. ILB Desmond Bishop: Bishop continues to do a stellar job in place of the injured Nick Barnett, increasing his chances of following in Williams’ footsteps in terms of getting a new deal in his contract year. Bishop registered six tackles against the Niners and has become pretty much indispensable with Brandon Chillar, the team’s best linebacker in coverage, placed on injured reserve last week.