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NFC Players of the Week -- Week 14

December 15, 2012
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Running back ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings, rookie linebacker LUKE KUECHLY of the Carolina Panthers and rookie kick returner-running back DAVID WILSON of the New York Giants are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 14th week of the 2012 season (December 6, 9-10), the NFL announced today.



  • Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 21-14 win over Chicago. It marked Peterson’s seventh consecutive 100-yard game, the longest streak in team history.
  • He opened the game with a 51-yard rush, his 16th career 50-yard run. That is the most among active players.  
  • This season, Peterson has rushed for 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.04 yards per carry. He is the third player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.0+ yards per carry in his team’s first 13 games (Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN, 1963 and O.J. SIMPSON, 1973).
  • Peterson has rushed for 10 touchdowns this season and joined LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 10 touchdowns in each of his first six seasons.
  • The performance was his 13th career 150-yard rushing game, the most among active players.
  • In his sixth season from Oklahoma, this is Peterson’s seventh career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 7).
  • Peterson leads all active running backs with seven career Player of the Week Awards.



  • Kuechly had a career-high 16 tackles in the Panthers’ 30-20 win over Atlanta, who entered the game with the NFC’s best record (11-1).
  • The performance marked Kuechly’s third game this season with at least 15 tackles. No other player in the NFL has more than one.
  • Kuechly leads the NFL with 131 tackles (79 solo). He has been Carolina’s leading tackler in seven of the team’s past nine games.
  • Kuechly has an NFL-best eight games this season with at least 10 tackles.
  • He was part of a Carolina defense that limited Atlanta to 35 rushing yards and 362 total net yards.
  • The Panthers are just the second team this season to hold the Falcons to 20 points or fewer.
  • In his rookie year from Boston College, this is Kuechly’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • Kuechly is the fifth linebacker in franchise history to be honored. He joins SAM MILLS (Week 7, 1995), KEVIN GREENE (Week 9, 1999), DAN MORGAN (Week 14, 2004) and JON BEASON (Week 16, 2009).



  • Wilson had a franchise-record 327 all-purpose yards (227 kickoff returns, 100 rushing) and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one kickoff return) in the Giants’ 52-27 win over New Orleans.
  • He is the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff-return yards and 100 rushing yards in a game.
  • Wilson is the fourth player in league history with two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a game (ANDY FARKAS in 1939, STEVE VAN BUREN in 1945, MAURICE JONES-DREW in 2006).
  • Wilson had three kickoff returns of at least 50 yards against New Orleans, including a 97-yard touchdown that tied the score after the Saints had taken a 7-0 lead.
  • Wilson’s 227 kickoff-return yards are the most in NFL history by a player with at least 100 rushing yards in the same game. The three previous record-holders were Pro Football Hall of Famers Van Buren, GALE SAYERS and WALTER PAYTON.
  • In his rookie season from Virginia Tech, this is Wilson’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first Giants kick returner to be honored since DAVID MEGGETT in 1994 (Week 1).







Special Teams

Wk 1

QB Robert Griffin III, Washington

DB Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay

K Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Wk 2

WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

DE Calais Campbell, Arizona

P Tim Masthay, Green Bay

Wk 3

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

DE Chris Clemons, Seattle

K Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants

Wk 4

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

LB Patrick Willis, San Francisco

K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis

Wk 5

QB Drew Brees, New Orleans

CB Charles Tillman, Chicago

P Johnny Hekker, St. Louis

Wk 6

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

S Antrel Rolle, New York Giants

K Jason Hanson, Detroit

Wk 7

RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota

CB Charles Tillman, Chicago

P Andy Lee, San Francisco

Wk 8

QB Alex Smith, San Francisco

S Stevie Brown, New York Giants

CB Davon House, Green Bay

Wk 9

RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay

LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago

CB Sherrick McManis, Chicago

Wk 10

TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans

CB Richard Sherman, Seattle

PR Dwayne Harris, Dallas

Wk 11

QB Robert Griffin III, Washington

LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco

K Dan Bailey, Dallas

Wk 12

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

CB Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis

KR-PR Leon Washington, Seattle

Wk 13

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle

S William Moore, Atlanta

K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis

Wk 14

RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota

LB Luke Kuechly, Carolina

KR-RB David Wilson, New York Giants



Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 14 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Philadelphia rookie quarterback NICK FOLES, who passed for 381 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 98.6 passer rating in the Eagles’ 23-21 win at Tampa Bay.
  • Seattle running back MARSHAWN LYNCH, who rushed for 128 yards (11.6 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 58-0 win over Arizona.
  • New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, who threw four touchdown passes and had a 99.6 passer rating.
  • Seattle tight end ANTHONY MC COY, who had three catches for 105 yards (35.0 average).
  • Washington rookie running back ALFRED MORRIS, who rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins’ 31-28 overtime win over Baltimore.
  • Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON, who passed for 287 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards with one touchdown.
  • Atlanta wide receiver RODDY WHITE, who had nine catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 30-20 loss at Carolina.



Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 14 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • New York Giants safety STEVIE BROWN, who had two interceptions (91 yards), a forced fumble and eight tackles.
  • Green Bay rookie defensive tackle MIKE DANIELS, who returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown and had two fumble recoveries, a tackle and a pass defensed.
  • Carolina linebacker THOMAS DAVIS, who had an interception and seven tackles.
  • Washington linebacker LONDON FLETCHER, who had an interception and nine tackles.
  • Seattle cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN, who had two interceptions (one touchdown) and a fumble recovery.
  • San Francisco linebacker ALDON SMITH, who had two sacks and six tackles in the 49ers’ 27-13 win over Miami.
  • Minnesota rookie safety HARRISON SMITH, who had a 56-yard interception-return touchdown and six tackles.
  • Dallas linebacker ANTHONY SPENCER, who had 11 tackles and two sacks in the Cowboys’ 20-19 win at Cincinnati.



Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 14 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Dallas kicker DAN BAILEY, who converted both field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 40-yarder as time expired.
  • Washington rookie punt returner RICHARD CRAWFORD, who had three punt returns for 100 yards (33.3 average), including a 64-yard return in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal.
  • Washington kicker KAI FORBATH, who converted all three field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 34-yarder in overtime.

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