OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tom Brady / QB / New England Patriots
Snow, freezing cold and strong wind gusts have claimed many quarterbacks as their victim in the past, but Brady didn't seem bothered much by any of it during a winter storm at Soldier Field as he led the way in New England's 36-7 win over the Bears. He completed 27-of-40 passes for a season-high 369 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions — he hasn't thrown a pick in his last eight games — against one of the highest-ranked defenses in the league, helping the Patriots clinch a playoff spot. He made quite an impression on the leader of the Bears' defense along the way. "Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL," Bears MLB Brian Urlacher said after the game. "We knew it coming in and this game just confirmed it." MVP voters, take note.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Malcolm Jenkins / FS / New Orleans Saints
Last season, the Saints counted on Darren Sharper as its big-play guy when it came to turnovers in the secondary. This season, it has been Jenkins — Sharper's replacement — who has stepped up into that role. He forced a key turnover to seal the win over Dallas in Week 12 and came up with the play of the game in the Week 14 win over the Rams. With the Saints leading only 14-6 in the first half and the Rams driving deep into Saints territory, Jenkins stepped in front of a Sam Bradford pass and ran it back 96 yards for a momentum-changing score. Later, Jenkins ended a fourth-quartrer drive as the Rams were about to score again. "The ball seems to find him," Saints head coach Sean Payton said of his emerging playmaker. "That's a good trait. He's very intelligent. He also has good ball skills and he's tough."
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jay Feely / PK / Arizona Cardinals
So now we know why Feely wears gloves. One of the few kickers in the NFL to use hand gear, Feely put them to good work in Week 14 by running for a touchdown off a fake field-goal attempt in the Cardinals' 43-13 win over the Broncos. Feely's TD run kick-started a stagnant Cardinals offense that had driven the ball but settled for field goals — by guess who, Feely — on its first two drives. "Yeah, I can stop getting all those questions from people about why I wear the gloves," Feely told the Arizona Republic. "If you have the fake and you want gloves on to handle the ball, you don't want to tip them off by putting them on. It's for tackles as well as onside kicks, and it looks kind of cool, too." Feely added three more field goals for a total of 25 points scored, which was more than 16 teams, including the Broncos, managed on Sunday.