I've been quick to criticize Philip Rivers for being a serious douche-bag on this site. I've always found myself annoyed by his smack talking in spite of his less than spectacular abilities. He's a decent quarterback, but considering how much he talks, you'd think he was the next coming of Joe Montana.
However, after this weekend I can certainly give the man some credit. Rivers played the game after tearing his ACL the week before. He apparently had arthroscopic surgery on Monday in order to play this past Sunday. That would certainly explain the gingerness Rivers displayed.
While I still think he's a punk, he at least has some guts and moxie wanting to do what he could to help his team win.
At the same time, Ladanian Tomlinson had a sprained MCL and did not play and now is defending himself from criticism, particularly from Deion Sanders.
Sanders also said he thought Tomlinson's injury would need to warrant a surgery "for him to get a pass on this one."
In this type of situation I can see both sides of the argument. On the one hand, when you're the star of a team, you're expected to suck it up and do what you can, particularly considering the circumstances of it being a conference championship and all. On the other hand, only Tomlinson knows how his knee is and what kind of pain he can take and how much future injuries he can risk.
So what do the rest of you think? Suspend reality for a minute and assume this situation involved the 49ers, Frank Gore and Alex Smith. How would you respond to what has gone down?