OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Michael Vick / QB / Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia trailed 31-10 with 8:17 left in the fourth quarter before Vick helped lead the Eagles back in a stunning comeback win over the Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium. He threw for 242 yards and rushed for a game-high 130 yards on 10 carries, tossing three touchdowns and rushing for another. "By far, this is one of the greatest comebacks of my career, being down by such a huge deficit," Vick said after the Eagles improved to 10-4. "We were able to come back in a short period of time. It's outstanding." All four of his scores came in the second half. He was kept quiet in the first half, getting sacked twice and throwing one interception, before leading the late offensive explosion, which gave the Eagles a leg up in the NFC East race.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Wallace Gilberry / DE / Kansas City Chiefs
Gilberry may be a little-known pass-rush specialist with two career starts, but his three-sack performance against the Rams was enough to set him apart from the other contenders for the defensive honors in Week 15. He was the only Chief to record a sack in Kansas City's 27-13 win, and he made two of them late in the fourth quarter as the Rams tried to come back. Gilberry stripped the ball from QB Sam Bradford with less than three minutes to play, and while St. Louis recovered the fumble, Gilberry sacked Bradford again on the next play and Bradford threw an interception on the play after that one. Gilberry was part of a defense that had allowed 32.4 points per game in its last five road contests, but it tightened up as the Chiefs held onto their lead in the AFC West.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DeSean Jackson / WR-RS / Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles and Giants were tied at 31 with 14 seconds to play on Sunday when the Giants sent out the punt team. DeSean Jackson, who had made a 30-yard catch earlier in the game, was back deep to return. "I was thinking to myself like 'they're not going to kick it to me,'" Jackson said. "I was thinking he was going to kick it out of bounds." That's what Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was thinking, too. Rookie P Matt Dodge had been told to kick the ball out of bounds. "But it got to me," Jackson said. "From there, I just used my instincts and my speed to get into the endzone." Jackson returned the punt 65 yards for a TD after muffing the catch and recorded a first — it's the only game-winning punt return for a TD to occur as time expired in league history.