Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and Eagles punter Donnie Jones Eagles are the NFC Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2013 season
Offense: QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 310 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.6 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 34-7 win over New Orleans. With the victory, Seattle clinched a playoff spot.
He has 22 career wins and tied BEN ROETHLISBERGER for the most victories by a starting quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. Wilson also improved to 14-0 at home in his career (6-0 in 2013).
His 139.6 passer rating is the second-highest single-game mark in his career. The Seahawks are 15-1 when Wilson has a 100+ passer rating (7-0 in 2013).
Wilson has 22 touchdown passes this year and is one of four players in NFL history to throw at least 20 touchdown passes in their first two seasons. His 48 touchdowns in his first two seasons are the third-most, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (68) and PEYTON MANNING (52).
In his second season from Wisconsin, this is Wilson’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 13, 2012).
Wilson joins Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON as the only Seattle quarterbacks to be named Player of the Week two times in their first two seasons with the club.
Defense: DE Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Tuck had a career-high four sacks and five tackles in the Giants’ 24-17 win at Washington.
He is the fifth player in franchise history with at least four sacks in a game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (twice) and PEPPER JOHNSON (November 24, 1991), MICHAEL STRAHAN (October 14, 2001) and OSI UMENYIORA (September 30, 2007).
Tuck has recorded at least three sacks in a game three times. The only Giants with more three-sack games are Taylor (12) and Strahan (seven).
Tuck registered the third four-sack performance of the season and the first in the NFC. It was also the first four-sack game in December since 2011 (ANTWAN BARNES, December 18) and the first by an NFC player in the month since 2009 (BRIAN ORAKPO, September 13).
In his ninth year from Notre Dame, this is Tuck’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 1, 2009).
The only Giants defensive ends with more Defensive Player of the Week Awards are Strahan (five) and JASON PIERRE-PAUL (three).
Special Teams: P Donnie Jones, Philadelphia Eagles
Jones placed seven of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line in the Eagles’ 24-21 win over Arizona. His seven punts inside the 20 are tied for the third-most in a game since the statistic was introduced in 1976. The single-game mark is eight.
He averaged 44.8 yards per punt, including a long of 69 yards, and had a 44.4-yard net average.
Of the six players (since 1976) to place at least seven punts inside the 20 in a single game, Jones’ 44.4-yard net average is the highest.
Jones allowed just two returns for a total of three yards (1.5 yards per return).
In his 10th season from Louisiana State, this is Jones’ second career Player of the Week Award and second in the past three weeks (Week 11). He has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in the Eagles’ past two games (Philadelphia had a bye in Week 12).
Jones is the fourth punter to be named Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive team games in a single season, joining TOM TUPA (Weeks 5 and 7, 1994), MITCH BERGER (Weeks 11-12, 1998) and BRYAN BARKER (Weeks 4-5, 1999).
2013 NFC Players Of The Week
|Wk 1||WR Anquan Boldin, 49ers||DE Robert Quinn, Rams||WR-PR Dwayne Harris, Dallas|
|Wk 2||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay||CB Richard Sherman, Seattle||KR-PR Devin Hester, Chicago|
|Wk 3||TE Jimmy Graham, Saints||DE Greg Hardy, Carolina||P Sam Martin, Detroit|
|Wk 4||QB Drew Brees, Saints||CB Patrick Peterson, Arizona||K Steven Hauschka, Seattle|
|Wk 5||WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles||CB Tramaine Brock, San Francisco||K Mason Crosby, Packers|
|Wk 6||QB Nick Foles, Eagles||LB Thomas Davis, Panthers||KR-PR Dwayne Harris, Cowboys|
|Wk 7||QB Matt Ryan, Falcons||LB Sean Lee, Cowboys||P Andy Lee, 49ers|
|Wk 8||WR Calvin Johnson, Lions||CB Terrell Thomas, Giants||KR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings|
|Wk 9||QB Nick Foles, Eagles||DE Shea McClellin, Chicago||PR-WR Golden Tate, Seattle|
|Wk 10||QB Drew Brees, Saints||LB Luke Kuechly, Panthers||PR-WR Tavon Austin, Rams|
|Wk 11||RB Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay||DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants||P Donnie Jones, Eagles|
|Wk 12||QB Carson Palmer, Arizona||LB Lavonte David, Tampa Bay||K Blair Walsh, Vikings/td>|
|Wk 13||QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks||DE Justin Tuck, Giants||P Donnie Jones, Eagles|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:
Detroit running back REGGIE BUSH, who rushed for 117 yards with one touchdown and totaled 182 scrimmage yards in the Lions’ 40-10 win over Green Bay.
Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES, who completed 21 of 34 passes (61.8 percent) for 237 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 112 passer rating.
Atlanta running back STEVEN JACKSON, who rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-31 overtime win over Buffalo.
Chicago wide receiver ALSHON JEFFERY, who had 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears’ 23-20 overtime loss at Minnesota.
San Francisco quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK, who completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 percent) for 275 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 111.5 passer rating in the 49ers’ 23-13 win over St. Louis.
New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, who completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 235 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 98.7 passer rating.
Dallas running back DE MARCO MURRAY, who rushed for three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 31-24 win over Oakland.
Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON, who threw two touchdown passes and rushed for one score in the Panthers’ 27-6 win over Tampa Bay.
Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 211 yards in the Vikings’ 23-20 overtime win over Chicago.
Atlanta wide receiver RODDY WHITE, who had 10 catches for 143 yards.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:
Seattle defensive end MICHAEL BENNETT, who had a 22-yard fumble-return touchdown and two tackles.
San Francisco linebacker NA VORRO BOWMAN, who had 11 tackles and a sack.
Philadelphia linebacker TRENT COLE, who had two sacks and a forced fumble.
Minnesota linebacker CHAD GREENWAY, who had 10 tackles and a sack.
Carolina rookie defensive end WES HORTON, who had two sacks and three tackles.
Carolina rookie linebacker A.J. KLEIN, who had a sack and three tackles.
Atlanta safety WILLIAM MOORE, who had six tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two passes defensed.
Detroit defensive tackle NDAMUKONG SUH, who had a sack which resulted in a safety and led a defensive unit that allowed 126 total net yards.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:
San Francisco kicker PHIL DAWSON, who converted all three field-goal attempts (32, 43 and 24 yards) and both PATs.
New York Giants punter STEVE WEATHERFORD, who averaged 47.8 yards per punt with a 42-yard net average and placed two punts inside the 20-yard line.