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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
AFC honors Philip Rivers and Justin Miller

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The AFC honored two AFC West players for their play in December.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was named the offensive player the month. Rivers led San Diego to a 4-0 record in December as San Diego turnaround from 4-8 to 8-8. It won the AFC West title with a win over Denver last Sunday. San Diego became the first 4-8 team in NFL history to make the playoffs. Rivers will lead San Diego against Indianapolis in an AFC wild card round game Saturday night.

Rivers, who is 14-0 as San Diego's quarterback in December games dating back to 2006, was instrumental in San Diego's turnaround. Rivers completed 80 of 121 passes (66.1 percent) for 1,054 yards with a NFL-high 11 touchdowns versus one interception and a 120.3 passer rating in the month.

Oakland's Justin Miller was named the AFC West special teams player of the month. He had two kick returns for touchdowns in the month and he averaged 27.2 yards per return on 20 kickoff returns. Oakland claimed Miller off waivers from the Jets in November and he teamed with Raiders' punt turner Johnnie Lee Higgins to form the best 1-2 return punch in the NFL.