i was voting for Branch as well. The problem with Harrison is that it's so hard to give a defensive player an MVP award. Ok, ok, hold off, I hear the lighters flicking on your blowtorches and flame-throwers, but wait one second. It's not that the defensive side can't (or doesn't) dominate a game, or win a game for a team, but it's hard to give a single player the MVP when a lot of the stats that give him a big game are somewhat lucky. It wasn't like Harrison made multiple exceptionally athletic plays to get the turnovers- he was in the right place at the right time to catch Donovan's lame ducks. Just as deserving as Harrison (I would argue more so) is a defensive line that caused McNabb and the Eagles O-line trouble all game. Just as deserving are the coordinators who designed a defense to cover Westbrook so well. So to pick one player who had a solid game, but not singularly spectacular since he was simply playing his role in a unit, is rather tough. While some of the same limitations apply on the offensive side of the line (namely a good line), the skill players on offense play a much more individual game than the defensive players, making it easier to identify one of them as the MVP.
On another note, in my opinion, it's impossible to give the MVP to a player who could have won the game, but made too many mistakes along the way. For instance, even if McNabb had sped up the offense in the last drive, scored in 2.5 minutes instead of 4, gotten the ball back, and driven the field to score again and win the game, I would have had a hard time giving him the MVP thanks to the huge number of mistakes he made all game. Similarly, had Brady played a good game for the entire game, the Eagles wouldn't have even been in the game thanks to their many mistakes. I just have a hard time giving the MVP to a guy who gives the other team a chance to win, and I think both QBs did that. That leaves Branch (or had the Eagles won, TO). So I'm glad the voters got it right, Branch had a great game and deserves the hardware.
Best... fantasy advice... EVER. :D
[quote]Always play the players who will get you the most points[/quote]