Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Cardinals kicker Jay Feely are the NFC Players of the Week for games played the 15th week of the NFL 2013 season
Offense: RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy rushed for 141 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the Packers’ 37-36 comeback win at Dallas. He added four catches for 30 yards and finished the game with 171 scrimmage yards.
Lacy’s 141 rushing yards were the most by any player in Week 15. He also had the league’s longest run of the week (60 yards) and tied for the NFL lead with five runs of 10+ yards and eight first-down runs.
The Packers, who trailed 26-3 at halftime, scored 34 second-half points, capped by Lacy’s one-yard touchdown run with 1:31 remaining. The 23-point comeback was tied for the largest in franchise history.
Since October 1, Lacy leads the NFL with 977 rushing yards.
Lacy has rushed for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns and is the only rookie in franchise history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and five touchdowns.
In his rookie season from Alabama, this is Lacy’s first career Player of the Week Award. He was selected as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.
Lacy is the fourth Green Bay running back to be named Offensive Player of the Week joining AHMAN GREEN (six times), DORSEY LEVENS (Week 17, 1999) and SAMKON GADO (Week 10, 2005).
Lacy and SHAUN ALEXANDER are the only running backs from Alabama to be named Player of the Week.
Defense: CB Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Sherman had two interceptions and deflected a pass that resulted in another INT in the Seahawks’ 23-0 win at the New York Giants. He added two tackles.
He is tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions. Since the start of 2012, Sherman leads the NFL with 14 INTs.
Sherman was part of a defensive unit that had five interceptions and allowed only 181 total net yards (25 rushing, 156 passing). The Seahawks held New York’s quarterbacks to a 37.0 passer rating.
Sherman recorded two interceptions and helped preserve the shutout late in the fourth quarter when he deflected a pass to safety EARL THOMAS for Seattle’s fifth interception of the game.
The Seahawks lead the NFL in points allowed (205), interceptions (22), total defense (279.5 yards per game) and passing defense (174.2).
In his third year from Stanford, this is Sherman’s third career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 2). He was also selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
Since Week 10, 2012, he is the only player to be named Defensive Player of the Week three times.
He is the only Seattle cornerback to win Defensive Player of the Week three times.
Special Teams: K Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals
Feely converted all three field-goal attempts (25, 47 and 41 yards), including the 41-yard game-winner in overtime, in the Cardinals’ 37-34 win at Tennessee.
He has seven career game-winning field goals in overtime, tied for the sixth-most in NFL history and two shy of the league record of nine.
Feely scored 13 points, converting all three field-goal attempts and four PATs. He also executed a successful pooch kickoff, which was recovered by Arizona to start the second half and led to a field goal.
In his 13th season from Michigan, this is Feely’s third career Player of the Week Award and first since 2010 (Week 14). He was also honored in Week 7, 2002 with Atlanta.
Feely and PATRICK PETERSON are the only current Cardinals to be named Special Teams Player of the Week multiple times with Arizona.
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|
|Wk 14||QB Josh McCown, Bears||LB John Abraham, Cardinals||K Phil Dawson, 49ers|
|Wk 15||RB Eddie Lacy, Packers||CB Richard Sherman, Seahawks||K Jay Feely, Cardinals|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 15 as submitted by NFC teams
Dallas wide receiver DEZ BRYANT, who had 11 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay.
Minnesota quarterback MATT CASSEL, who completed 26 of 35 passes (74.3 percent) for 382 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a 116.6 passer rating in the Vikings’ 48-30 win over Philadelphia.
Chicago quarterback JAY CUTLER, who completed 22 of 31 passes (71 percent) for 265 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 102.2 passer rating in the Bears’ 38-31 win at Cleveland.
Green Bay quarterback MATT FLYNN, who completed 26 of 39 passes (66.7 percent) for 299 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 113.1 passer rating.
Minnesota wide receiver GREG JENNINGS, who had 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Carolina running back DE ANGELO WILLIAMS, who had 81 rushing yards and 87 receiving yards with one touchdown in the Panthers’ 30-20 win over the New York Jets.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 15 as submitted by NFC teams
Minnesota defensive end JARED ALLEN, who had two sacks and three tackles.
Chicago cornerback ZACK BOWMAN, who had two interceptions, including a 43-yard touchdown, and a tackle.
Arizona cornerback ANTOINE CASON, who had two interceptions, including a 20-yard touchdown, and four tackles.
Seattle cornerback BYRON MAXWELL, who had two interceptions, three passes defensed and a tackle.
Carolina cornerback CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN, who had a 41-yard interception-return touchdown, two sacks and four tackles.
St. Louis defensive end ROBERT QUINN, who had two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and five tackles in the Rams’ 27-16 win over New Orleans.
Minnesota defensive end BRIAN ROBISON, who had two sacks and three tackles.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 15 as submitted by NFC teams
Dallas kicker DAN BAILEY, who converted all five field-goal attempts and three PATs. He also had nine touchbacks on kickoffs.
St. Louis defensive tackle MICHAEL BROCKERS, who blocked a field goal.
Seattle kicker STEVEN HAUSCHKA, who converted all three field-goal attempts and both PATs.
San Francisco running back KENDALL HUNTER, who recovered a fumble on a kickoff and returned it for a touchdown in the 49ers’ 33-14 win at Tampa Bay.
Carolina linebacker JASON WILLIAMS, who blocked a punt and had one special teams tackle.
St. Louis kicker GREG ZUERLEIN, who converted both field-goal attempts and all three PATs. He also had five touchbacks on kickoffs and executed a successful onside kick.