It's almost hard to believe that there are only five weeks remaining in the 94th season of the National Football League.

It is also safe to say that Week 12 was full of thrilling finishes, surprising results and a lot of table-setting for the buffet we call the stretch run.

So who came up the biggest last Thursday night, Sunday and Monday afternoon? Here is our weekly best guess. And speaking of which, may everyone have their best Thanksgiving ever.

Philip Rivers, Ahmad Brooks And Troy Polamalu Headline The NFL's Week 12 Honor Roll Slideshow


QB Philip Rivers

The San Diego veteran refused to let his team lose at Arrowhead Stadium as the unpredictable Chargers snapped a three-game losing streak courtesy of a 41-38 see-saw win over the Chiefs. Rivers completed 27-of-39 passes for 392 yards and three scores and his 26-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds left was the difference in the game.


RB Knowshon Moreno

Yes, the Broncos squandered a 24-0 halftime lead on the way to a 34-31 overtime loss in New England. But it was hard to point the finger of gloom at Moreno, who totaled a whopping 37 carries for 224 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort. More importantly, the determined runner didn't fumble on an evening in which it seemed everyone else did.


WR Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright

Since we already had one tie in the league this weekend, why not a second? The rookie and second-year Titans each not only caught six passes and both also scored once. Hunter totaled 109 yards, nearly half on a 54-yard touchdown reception while Wright went for 103, including a 10-yad scoring grab with 10 seconds left in Tennessee’s 23-19 win at Oakland. Honorable mention does go to Cleveland's Josh Gordon, who totaled 14 catches for 237 yards and a score in his team's loss to the Steelers.


TE Jared Cook

It has been an up-and-down year for the free-agent pickup. The former Tennessee Titans standout totaled four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' 42-21 win over the visiting Chicago Bears. Jeff Fisher's team has totaled 80 points in its past two games, and Cook led all Rams’ pass-catchers Sunday.


Offensive Line: Panthers

It wasn't their best performance during their seven-game winning streak but a win is a win. Ron Rivera's team rallied from a 16-3 second-quarter deficit to knock off the Dolphins. On the afternoon, the Panthers ran 69 plays for just 295 total yards. But Carolina totaled 136 yards rushing and quarterback Cam Newton was sacked just twice in 40 pass plays. And Rivera's club was also 2-for-2 in fourth-down conversions in the win.


DE Cameron Jordan

Thanks to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the Saints are playing much better on this side of the football. The former first-rounder was a big part of the team's 17-13 win over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome, totaling six tackles while knocking down a pass and getting half (2.5) of New Orleans five sacks of Matt Ryan in the team's 17-13 Thursday night win.


LB Ahmad Brooks

The unsung linebacker takes a bit of a back seat with Pro Bowlers Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith on the roster. But Brooks has been a bit of a wrecking crew as of late. In Monday night's 27-6 win at Washington, the veteran defender totaled seven tackles, 2.0 sacks and knocked down a pass. Smith has a career-high 8.5 sacks this season, five of those in the past three games.


S Troy Polamalu

The 11-year veteran defender has enjoyed a solid season after battling injuries throughout 2012. In the Steelers' 27-11 win over the Browns, the rangy Polamalu totaled four tackles, one sack, knocked down a pass, forced a pair of fumbles and recovered another fumble as Mike Tomlin's team won its third straight game.


K Justin Tucker

John Harbaugh's team spotted the visiting New York Jets the first three points of the game and then proceeded to come away with a 19-3 win. Tucker scored all but six of the Ravens' points on Sunday, connecting on field goals of 30, 26, 33 and 53 yards, as well as the game's lone PAT. The specialist and his teammates don't have a lot of time to celebrate this week as the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town on Thanksgiving night.


Coach: Greg Schiano

Given all the drama early this season with the Buccaneers, it is almost hard to believe that this club has rallied from an 0-8 start to win its past three games, including Sunday's upset at Detroit. Schiano has obviously rallied his club, rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has been solid, the team has overcome a lot of injuries at the running back spot and the defense has new life.

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