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AFC Players of the Week -- Week 17

January 2, 2013
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Quarterback PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos, cornerback VONTAE DAVIS of the Indianapolis Colts and punt returner-running back DARIUS REYNAUD of the Tennessee Titans are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 17th week of the 2012 season (December 30), the NFL announced today.



  • Manning completed 23 of 29 passes (79.3 percent) for 304 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 144.8 passer rating in the Broncos’ 38-3 win over Kansas City.
  • His 144.8 passer rating was an NFL-best in Week 17 and the highest by an AFC quarterback in a game this season. Manning’s 304 passing yards led all AFC quarterbacks in Week 17.
  • It marked Manning’s 73rd career game with at least three passing TDs. Manning passed BRETT FAVRE (72) for the most such games in NFL history.
  • With the win, Denver clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye. The Broncos joined the 2005 Indianapolis Colts (13) and 1942 Chicago Bears (11) as the only teams to win at least 11 games in a row by a margin of seven points or more in a single season.
  • Registered a single-season franchise-best in passing yards (4,659), touchdown passes (37) and passer rating (105.8) this season. Manning’s 37 touchdown passes and 105.8 passer rating led the AFC in 2012.
  • In his 15thseason from Tennessee, this is Manning’s 23rd Player of the Week award, tying TOM BRADY (23) for the most Player of the Week awards since the accolade was instituted in 1984.



  • Davis registered five tackles and tied a career-best with two interceptions in the Colts’ 28-16 win over Houston.
  • With the win, the Colts joined the 2008 Miami Dolphins (11-5) as the second team in NFL history to win 11 or more games following a season with two or fewer victories.
  • Davis recorded his first interception of the game in the second quarter at the Colts’ 35-yard line, leading to a VICK BALLARD one-yard TD run on the ensuing drive.
  • With 9:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, Davis intercepted a pass intended for Houston wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON in the end zone that resulted in a touchback to clinch a Colts victory.
  • His two interceptions tied for an NFL-best in Week 17.
  • Helped the Colts improve to 11-0 all-time against the Texans at home.
  • In his fourth season from Illinois, this is Davis’ first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.
  • ·         Davis joins DARIUS BUTLER (Week 10) and CASSIUS VAUGHN (Week 14) as the third Colt cornerback to earn the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award this season.


  • ·         Reynaud returned three punts for 160 yards and tied an NFL record with two punt-return touchdowns in the Titans’ 38-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reynaud also added three kickoff returns for 39 yards.
  • ·         He became the 13th different player in NFL history with two punt-return touchdowns in a game and the first since REGGIE BUSH in 2008.
  • ·         Reynaud registered a 69-yard PR-TD in the second quarter to give the Titans a 21-14 lead.
  • ·         In the third quarter, Reynaud gave the Titans a 28-14 advantage on an 81-yard PR-TD.
  • ·         He totaled three kick-return touchdowns (two PR-TDs, one KR-TD) in 2012, tied with Ravens KR-PR JACOBY JONES (three) for the most in the NFL.
  • ·         In his fourth season from West Virginia, this is Reynaud’s second career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in Week 3.








Special Teams

Wk 1

QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore

CB Tracy Porter, Denver

PR-WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets

Wk 2

RB Reggie Bush, Miami

DE J.J. Watt, Houston

PR-CB Adam Jones, Cincinnati

Wk 3

RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

DE Michael Johnson, Cincinnati

KR-RB Darius Reynaud, Tennessee

Wk 4

QB Tom Brady, New England

LB Donald Butler, San Diego

K Matt Prater, Denver

Wk 5

WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis

DT Randy Starks, Miami

K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh

Wk 6

QB Peyton Manning, Denver

S Jairus Byrd, Buffalo

KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore

Wk 7

RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee

DE Lamarr Houston, Oakland

KR-DB Devin McCourty, New England

Wk 8

QB Tom Brady, New England

LB Wesley Woodyard, Denver

DE Olivier Vernon, Miami

Wk 9

QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

CB Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh

KR-WR Trindon Holliday, Denver

Wk 10

QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

CB Darius Butler, Indianapolis

KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore

Wk 11

QB Matt Schaub, Houston

LB Von Miller, Denver

PR-CB Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo

Wk 12

RB Ray Rice, Baltimore

LB D’Qwell Jackson, Cleveland

PR-WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis

Wk 13

QB Brady Quinn, Kansas City

DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati

K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh

Wk 14

QB Tom Brady, New England

CB Cassius Vaughn, Indianapolis

PR-WR Travis Benjamin, Cleveland

Wk 15

RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver

DE J.J. Watt, Houston

K Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland

Wk 16

RB Ray Rice, Baltimore

DT Geno Atkins, Cincinnati

PR-WR Micheal Spurlock, San Diego

Wk 17

QB Peyton Manning, Denver

CB Vontae Davis, Indianapolis

PR-RB Darius Reynaud, Tennessee


Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 17 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY, who completed 22 of 36 passes (61.1 percent) for 284 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 104.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 28-0 win over Miami.
  • Houston wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON, who had 12 receptions for 141 yards (11.8 average) in the Texans’ 28-16 loss at Indianapolis.
  • Buffalo wide receiver STEVIE JOHNSON, who had six receptions for 111 yards (18.5 average) in the Bills’ 28-9 win over the New York Jets.
  • San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS, who completed 13 of 17 passes (76.5 percent) for 151 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 142 passer rating in the Chargers’ 24-21 win over Oakland.
  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who completed 15 of 23 passes (65.2 percent) for 134 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 120.3 passer rating in the Steelers’ 24-10 win over Cleveland.


Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 17 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Tennessee rookie linebacker ZACH BROWN, who had four tackles, one sack and two interception-return touchdowns.
  • Cincinnati rookie linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT, who had a career-high 18 tackles in the Bengals’ 23-17 win over Baltimore.
  • Cincinnati defensive end CARLOS DUNLAP, who had two tackles, one sack and a 14-yard interception-return touchdown.
  • New England rookie defensive end JUSTIN FRANCIS, who had three tackles and a career-best three sacks in the Patriots’ 28-0 win over Miami.
  • Denver linebacker VON MILLER, who had three tackles and one sack.
  • Pittsburgh linebacker LAWRENCE TIMMONS, who had six tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 17 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Indianapolis kick returner DEJI KARIM, who registered a 101-yard kickoff-return touchdown.
  • Denver kicker MATT PRATER, who connected on a 42-yard field goal and five extra-point attempts.
  • San Diego kick returner MICHEAL SPURLOCK, who posted a 99-yard kickoff-return touchdown.

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