Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan, Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee and 49ers Punter Andy Lee are the NFC Players of the Week for games played the 7th week of the NFL 2013 season
Offense: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 percent) for 273 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a career-high 148.4 passer rating in the Falcons' 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.
His quarterback rating (148.4) was the highest single-game mark by any passer in 2013.
Ryan had multiple touchdown passes in nine of his past 10 games, including all six games in 2013.
The Falcons have a 34-2 record (.944) when Ryan has a passer rating of at least 100.
He currently leads all NFC players in passer rating (105.9) and completion percentage (70.1) in 2013.
In his sixth season from Boston College, this is Ryan's fourth career Player of the Week Award and first since 2012 (Week 16).
Ryan's four Offensive Player of the Week Awards are tied for the most in franchise history (quarterback MICHAEL VICK and running back GERALD RIGGS).
Defense: LB Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys
Lee had a game-high 11 tackles, an interception and a tackle for a loss in the Cowboys' 17-3 win at Philadelphia.
He led a unit that limited the Eagles to three points, 24.7 points below Philadelphia's average (27.7 entering the game).
Dallas became the first road team since 1984 (San Diego) to hold a team averaging at least 27 points per game this far into a season to a field goal or less.
The Cowboys held the Eagles to 84 rushing yards and 278 total net yards. Philadelphia entered the game averaging 178.5 rushing yards per game and 449.8 total net yards per game.
Lee's interception, which he returned 33 yards, came with 7:14 remaining in the fourth quarter with Philadelphia driving into Cowboys' territory.
Five of his 11 tackles came two yards from the line of scrimmage or behind, including a three-yard tackle for a loss.
Since entering the NFL in 2010, Lee leads all NFL linebackers with nine interceptions & 216 interception-return yards.
In his fourth year from Penn State, this is Lee's second career Player of the Week Award and first since Week 13 of his rookie season in 2010.
Lee joins DE MARCUS WARE (four) as the only Cowboys linebacker to be named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times.
Special Teams: P Andy Lee, San Francisco 49ers
Lee punted six times, averaging 46.7 yards per punt in the 49ers' 31-17 win over Tennessee.
He placed three punts inside his opponent's 20-yard line.
With 6:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lee boomed a 55-yard punt down to the Titans' 11-yard line that was muffed and recovered in the end zone by wide receiver KASSIM OSGOOD to give the 49ers a 31-10 lead.
Lee and his coverage unit limited Tennessee to two punt returns for minus-one yard, tied for the lowest single-game total of any NFC opponent in Week 7.
He averaged 43.5 net yards per punt, the highest of any NFC player in Week 7.
In his 10th season from Pittsburgh, this is Lee's third career Player of the Week Award and first since 2012 (Week 7).
Lee is the first player in franchise history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week three times.
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|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by NFC clubs
Green Bay wide receiver JARRETT BOYKIN, who had eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' 31-13 win over Cleveland.
Dallas wide receiver DEZ BRYANT, who had eight catches for 110 yards.
Atlanta wide receiver HARRY DOUGLAS, who had seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown.
Washington rookie tight end JORDAN REED, who had nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' 45-41 win over Chicago.
Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS, who passed for 260 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 117.8 passer rating.
Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 122.1 passer rating in the Seahawks' 34-22 victory over Arizona.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by NFC clubs
Seattle cornerback BRANDON BROWNER, who had an interception and four tackles.
Dallas cornerback BRANDON CARR, who had an interception and four tackles.
Green Bay linebacker JAMARI LATTIMORE, who had a sack and 12 tackles.
Atlanta safety WILLIAM MOORE, who had a sack and seven tackles.
Carolina cornerback CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN, who had a 45-yard interception-return touchdown, a fumble recovery and five tackles in the Panthers' 30-15 win over St. Louis.
Washington linebacker BRIAN ORAKPO, who had a 29-yard interception-return touchdown and four tackles.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 7 as submitted by NFC clubs
New York Giants kicker JOSH BROWN, who converted all three field-goal attempts (35, 23 and 36) and two PATs.
Carolina kicker GRAHAM GANO, who converted all three field-goal attempts (37, 31 and 50) and three PATs.
Chicago punt returner DEVIN HESTER, who returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown and finished with 85 yards on three punt returns (28.3 average) in the Bears' 45-41 loss at Washington.
San Francisco wide receiver KASSIM OSGOOD, who recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
Minnesota punt returner MARCUS SHERELS, who returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and finished with 119 yards on four returns (29.8 average) in the Vikings' 23-7 loss at the New York Giants.