The veteran and the rookie Pro Bowlers stood out
Bobby Wagner and Devon Witherspoon - along with Julian Love - will be playing Turbo Ping Pong, Two Hand Parcheesi, and whatever else the NFL comes up with for the Pro Bowl this year. All three certainly deserve the honor, but only the first two had big games Sunday. Hey, I'm not knocking the new papa; Love probably hasn't gotten more than three hours of sleep a night since he and his wife welcomed baby Noah to the Hawks.
Witherspoon capped off his sensational rookie season with 11 tackles, three of those for a loss. He added a quarterback pressure and two more stops. While he did allow all four targets that came his way to be completed, the Cards gained a miniscule 16 yards combined on those completions. Now that's the way to close out a campaign for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
As for Wagner, can anyone argue he isn't the defensive player of the last decade? All he did Sunday was record 15 tackles, 11 of those solo. BWagz added a quarterback hurry of his own and had eight stops. Those 15 tackles not only set a new personal season high but also moved him into the number-one spot for combined tackles in the league. That's the third time he's led the NFL in the category. And some people thought he was done. He served notice to Arizona that he's got a lot of gas left in the tank. Or hydrogen, whatever.