AFC AND NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
December 24, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Quarterback PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos, linebacker JERRELL FREEMAN of the Indianapolis Colts and kicker NICK NOVAK of the San Diego Chargers are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 16th week of the 2013 season (December 22-23), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB PEYTON MANNING, DENVER BRONCOS
- Manning completed 32 of 51 passes (62.7 percent) for 400 yards with four touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 113.2 passer rating in the Broncos’ 37-13 win at Houston.
- With 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, Manning registered his 51st touchdown pass of the season, surpassing TOM BRADY (50 in 2007) for the most touchdowns passes in a single season in NFL history.
- Manning now has 5,211 passing yards and is the fifth different player to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a single season. He joins DREW BREES (three times), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, Tom Brady and MATTHEW STAFFORD.
- Manning is the first player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season.
- Manning tossed two touchdown passes to Broncos wide receiver ERIC DECKER and Denver became the first team in NFL history to have five players score at least 10 touchdowns in the same season.
- Helped Denver clinch its third consecutive division title (second straight with Manning as QB).
- · His 400 passing yards were the most in the NFL in Week 16 and his four touchdown passes tied for the most in the league last week.
- In his 16thseason from Tennessee, this is Manning’s 26th Player of the Week Award, the most of any player since the accolade was instituted in 1984. He most recently won the award in Week 3.
DEFENSE: LB JERRELL FREEMAN, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
- Freeman recorded five tackles, one sack, two interceptions, forced one fumble and three passes defensed in the Colts’ 23-7 win at Kansas City.
- Freeman’s two interceptions tied a franchise record for the most interceptions in a game by a Colts linebacker. He is the first Colts linebacker since GARY BRACKETT on December 9, 2007 (vs. Baltimore) to have two interceptions in a game.
- Freeman is the only NFL player with at least one sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble in a game this season.
- Played a key role for a Colts defense that registered two interceptions, four sacks, three forced fumbles and limited the Chiefs to 287 yards of total offense.
- The Colts held Kansas City to seven points, the lowest point total of the season by the Chiefs.
- · In his second season from Mary Hardin-Baylor, this is Freeman’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award. This is the first time a Colts player has won Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K NICK NOVAK, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
- Novak converted all four field-goals (27, 48, 28, 33) in the Chargers’ 26-13 win over Oakland.
- His four field goals tied for the most in the NFL in Week 16.
- He scored 14 of the Chargers’ 26 points in the game.
- Through Week 16, Novak has converted 32 field goals, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history (JOHN CARNEY, 34 in 1994; NATE KAEDING, 32 in 2009).
- His 32 made field goals are tied for the third-most in the NFL this season.
- In his sixth season from Maryland, this is Novak’s second career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in Week 6.
- He joins PHILIP RIVERS (Week 2 and 4) as the second Chargers player to win Player of the Week honors twice in 2013.
Running back LE SEAN MC COY of the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker LUKE KUECHLY of the Carolina Panthers and kicker JOSH BROWN of the New York Giants are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 16th week of the 2013 season (December 22-23), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: RB LE SEAN MC COY, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- McCoy rushed for 133 yards with two touchdowns and added six catches for 29 yards in the Eagles’ 54-11 win over Chicago. The Eagles enter Week 17 with a 9-6 record and will face Dallas with the NFC East title on the line.
- He leads the NFL in rushing (1,476) and scrimmage yards (2,012). McCoy can become the first Eagle to win the NFL rushing title since Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE VAN BUREN in 1949.
- McCoy, who averaged 7.4 yards per carry, led a rushing attack which gained 289 yards on the ground. The Eagles lead the NFL this season averaging 161.9 rushing yards per game.
- McCoy (1,476) needs 37 rushing yards in the team’s final game to pass WILBERT MONTGOMERY (1,512 yards in 1979) for the team’s single-season record.
- McCoy (2,012) needs 93 scrimmage yards in Week 17 to pass BRIAN WESTBROOK (2,104 yards in 2007) for the most scrimmage yards in a season in franchise history.
- In his fifth season from Pittsburgh, this is McCoy’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 8, 2011).
- McCoy, QB NICK FOLES (Weeks 6 and 9) and WR DE SEAN JACKSON (Week 5) are the first QB/RB/WR trio from the same team to all win NFC Offensive Player of the Week in the same season since the 1999 St. Louis Rams (QB KURT WARNER, RB MARSHALL FAULK and WR ISAAC BRUCE).
- McCoy joins RICKY WATTERS (three) and BRIAN WESTBROOK (two) as the only Eagles running backs to win the award multiple times.
DEFENSE: LB LUKE KUECHLY, CAROLINA PANTHERS
- Kuechly had 24 tackles and an interception in the Panthers’ 17-13 win over New Orleans. Carolina improved to 11-4 and clinched a playoff berth. The Panthers can win the NFC South with a win in Week 17.
- Since tackles were tracked in 1994, Kuechly’s 24 are tied for the most in an NFL game.
- During that span, Kuechly and DERRICK BROOKS (September 30, 2001) are the only players to record at least 20 tackles and an interception in a game.
- Eleven of Kuechly’s 24 tackles were for a loss or within three yards of the line of scrimmage.
- He led a defensive unit that limited the Saints to 13 points and 239 passing yards. New Orleans entered the game averaging 25.6 points per game and 307.8 passing yards per game.
- In his second year from Boston College, this is Kuechly’s third career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 10). He was also honored in Week 14, 2012.
- Kuechly’s three Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied with JULIUS PEPPERS for the most in franchise history.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K JOSH BROWN, NEW YORK GIANTS
- Brown converted all three field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 45-yarder in overtime, and both PATs in the Giants’ 23-20 overtime win at Detroit.
- He scored 11 points, tied for the most in the NFC by a kicker in Week 16.
- All three of Brown’s field goals were at least 40 yards (41, 52 and 45 yards), including a long of 52.
- The game-winning field goal was Brown’s second career overtime field goal and first since November 27, 2005.
- · In his 11th season from Nebraska, this is Brown’s fifth career Player of the Week Award and first since 2009 (Week 8 with St. Louis). He also won the award three times with Seattle.
- · Brown is the seventh kicker in franchise history to named Special Teams Player of the Week and the first since LAWRENCE TYNES in Week 3, 2012.