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NFC Players of the Week -- Week 17

January 2, 2013
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Rookie running back ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins, safety STEVIE BROWN of the New York Giants and rookie kicker BLAIR WALSH of the Minnesota Vikings are the NFC 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.



  • Morris rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Redskins won the NFC East by defeating Dallas 28-18 in a winner-take-all matchup.
  • He finished the season with 1,613 rushing yards, passing CLINTON PORTIS (1,516 in 2005) for the most in a single season in franchise history. Morris is the first rookie to set a team rushing record for a team that predates the 1970 merger since Pro Football Hall of Famer CURTIS MARTIN (New England, 1995).
  • Morris’ 1,613 rushing yards are the third-most by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1,808 in 1983) and GEORGE ROGERS (1,674 in 1981).
  • Morris has led all players on both teams in rushing yards in 13 games, tied for the second-most ever by a rookie (Rogers, 14 in 1981).
  • His 13 rushing touchdowns led the NFC and were the second-most in the NFL this season. Against Dallas in Week 17, he had a 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and scored twice in the fourth quarter. Morris had a 32-yard TD with 10:32 remaining to extend Washington’s lead to 21-10 and sealed the game with a one-yard touchdown run with 1:09 left.
  • In his rookie season from Florida Atlantic, this is Morris’ first career Player of the Week Award.
  • Morris and quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III (Week 1 and 11) are the first rookie QB-RB teammates to each be named Offensive Player of the Week in the same season.



  • ·         Brown had six tackles, two passes defensed and a 48-yard interception in the Giants’ 42-7 win over Philadelphia.
  • ·         On the Eagles’ opening drive, Brown intercepted a pass at the New York 26-yard line and returned it 48 yards to the Philadelphia 26. Four plays later, the Giants scored to take a 7-0 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
  • ·         The interception was the eighth of the season for Brown, tied for the second most in the NFL and the most by a safety. Brown’s 307 interception-return yards were the most in the NFL.
  • ·         Brown’s 307 interception-return yards are the most in a single season by a Giant in franchise history.
  • ·         Brown’s eight interceptions are the most in a single season by a Giants safety since Pro Football Hall of Famer EMLEN TUNNELL (8) in 1954.
  • In his third year from Michigan, this is Brown’s second career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 8).
  • He is the first safety in franchise history to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in a career.



  • Walsh scored 13 points and converted all three field-goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired, in the Vikings’ 37-34 win over Green Bay. Minnesota clinched a playoff berth with the victory.
  • In the first quarter, Walsh gave the Vikings a 3-0 lead by kicking a 54-yard field goal. It marked his 10th field goal of at least 50 yards, extending his record for the most in a single season in NFL history.
  • Walsh, who was selected to the Pro Bowl, converted all 10 50-yard field-goal attempts this season.
  • His 29-yard field goal as time expired sealed the victory and sent Minnesota to the playoffs.
  • This season, Walsh, who led the NFL with 35 field goals, scored 141 points, the most by a rookie in franchise history. The previous record was held by RANDY MOSS (106 in 1998).
  • ·         In his rookie season from Georgia, this is Walsh’s third career Player of the Week Award (Week 1 and 15). 
  • ·         Walsh joins DEVIN HESTER (2006, Special Teams) and TAMARICK VANOVER (1995, Special Teams) as the only rookies to be named Player of the Week three times.







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

Wk 15

QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco

CB Brandon Carr, Dallas

K Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Wk 16

QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta

DE Julius Peppers, Chicago

DE Red Bryant, Seattle

Wk 17

RB Alfred Morris, Washington

S Stevie Brown, New York Giants

K Blair Walsh, Minnesota



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

  • San Francisco wide receiver MICHAEL CRABTREE, who had 8 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers’ 27-13 win over Arizona.
  • New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, who threw five touchdown passes and had a 134.5 passer rating.
  • Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 199 yards and scored two touchdowns.
  • Minnesota quarterback CHRISTIAN PONDER, who threw three touchdown passes and had a 120.2 passer rating.
  • Carolina running back DE ANGELO WILLIAMS, who rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-38 win at New Orleans.



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

  • Minnesota defensive end JARED ALLEN, who had a sack and a fumble recovery.
  • Washington linebacker LONDON FLETCHER, who had 11 tackles, two sacks and a pass defensed.
  • Minnesota defensive end EVERSON GRIFFEN, who had three sacks and four tackles.
  • Carolina rookie linebacker LUKE KUECHLY, who had 13 tackles and two passes defensed.
  • Atlanta cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL, who had an interception, two passes defensed and two tackles in the Falcons’ 22-17 loss to Tampa Bay.



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

  • Tampa Bay kicker CONNOR BARTH, who converted all three field-goal attempts and scored 10 points in the Buccaneers’ 22-17 win at Atlanta.
  • Chicago kicker OLINDO MARE, who made four of five field-goal attempts and scored 14 points in the Bears’ 26-24 win at Detroit.

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