Saints vs. Seahawks
Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints: Look at you Cameron, notching up 12.5 sacks to lead the Saints, 47 tackles, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and plenty of hilarious NFL Films coverage along the way. Congrats on the Pro Bowl!
Brian De La Puente, New Orleans Saints: Who would have thought Cal would have TWO of the best centers in the NFL? De La Puente has emerged to be the center of that impressive Saints offense, and while the Saints are no running juggernaut, most of the run plays do seem to go down the middle behind the lumbering force of De La Puente.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: Not a spectacular season for Lynch, but a methodically solid one that propelled Seattle to the number one seed. He didn't have to carry the offense as much as he did the season before thanks to the emergence of Russell Wilson as an elite NFL playmaker. Still, Lynch racked up over 1500 yards from scrimmage, and Seattle now probably has the most dangerous QB-RB combination among the playoff contenders.
Brandon Mebane, Seattle Seahawks: Just another steady, excellent season from Mebane, who does all the little things to keep Seattle's top defense humming on the interior. He's not as spectacular as his teammates, but it's hard not to say 45 tackles, eight tackles for loss, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery for a defensive tackle isn't a successful season.
I know there are some really good nose tackles in the NFL, but Brandon Mebane has to be in the discussion when the best are brought up.— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) December 29, 2013
Colts vs. Patriots
Shane Vereen, New England Patriots: Vereen remains the most versatile threat out of the backfield for Tom Brady and the Patriots. He's usually the third down running back so his rushing totals aren't high, racking up over 200 yards rushing on 44 attempts. But he is the best pass catcher of the bunch, hauling in 47 receptions for 427 yards and three touchdowns. Vereen also missed eight games this season, which led to his diminished production.