SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Linebacker Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers salutes the crowd on Veteran's Day after sacking quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of St. Louis Rams in the second quarter on November 11, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The teams tied 24-24 in overtime. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
The race for the NFL's Most Valuable Player award has a twist this year: There's actually an interesting late-season discussion for the first time since 2005, writes Y! Sports' Jason Cole.