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Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning, Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman and Chargers kicker Nick Novak are the AFC Players of the Week for games played the 16th week of the 2013 season
Offense: QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning completed 32 of 51 passes (62.7 percent) for 400 yards with four touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 113.2 passer rating in the Broncos' 37-13 win at Houston.
With 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, Manning registered his 51st touchdown pass of the season, surpassing TOM BRADY (50 in 2007) for the most touchdowns passes in a single season in NFL history.
Manning now has 5,211 passing yards and is the fifth different player to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a single season. He joins DREW BREES (three times), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, Tom Brady and MATTHEW STAFFORD.
Manning is the first player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season.
Manning tossed two touchdown passes to Broncos wide receiver ERIC DECKER and Denver became the first team in NFL history to have five players score at least 10 touchdowns in the same season.
Helped Denver clinch its third consecutive division title (second straight with Manning as QB).
His 400 passing yards were the most in the NFL in Week 16 and his four touchdown passes tied for the most in the league last week.
In his 16th season from Tennessee, this is Manning's 26th Player of the Week Award, the most of any player since the accolade was instituted in 1984. He most recently won the award in Week 3.
Defense: LB Jerrell Freeman, Indianapolis Colts
Freeman recorded five tackles, one sack, two interceptions, forced one fumble and three passes defensed in the Colts' 23-7 win at Kansas City.
Freeman's two interceptions tied a franchise record for the most interceptions in a game by a Colts linebacker. He is the first Colts linebacker since GARY BRACKETT on December 9, 2007 (vs. Baltimore) to have two interceptions in a game.
Freeman is the only NFL player with at least one sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble in a game this season.
Played a key role for a Colts defense that registered two interceptions, four sacks, three forced fumbles and limited the Chiefs to 287 yards of total offense.
The Colts held Kansas City to seven points, the lowest point total of the season by the Chiefs.
In his second season from Mary Hardin-Baylor, this is Freeman's first career Defensive Player of the Week Award. This is the first time a Colts player has won Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.
Special Teams: K Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
Novak converted all four field-goals (27, 48, 28, 33) in the Chargers' 26-13 win over Oakland.
His four field goals tied for the most in the NFL in Week 16.
He scored 14 of the Chargers' 26 points in the game.
Through Week 16, Novak has converted 32 field goals, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history (JOHN CARNEY, 34 in 1994; NATE KAEDING, 32 in 2009).
His 32 made field goals are tied for the third-most in the NFL this season.
In his sixth season from Maryland, this is Novak's second career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in Week 6.
He joins PHILIP RIVERS (Week 2 and 4) as the second Chargers player to win Player of the Week honors twice in 2013.
2013 AFC Players Of The Week
|Wk 1||QB Peyton Manning, Denver||LB Justin Houston, Chiefs||K Nick Folk, Jets|
|Wk 2||QB Philip Rivers, Chargers||DE Mario Williams, Bills||PR-WR Trindon Holliday, Denver|
|Wk 3||QB Peyton Manning, Denver||LB Justin Houston, Chiefs||P Spencer Lanning, Browns|
|Wk 4||QB Philip Rivers, Chargers||CB Alterraun Verner, Titans||PR Dexter McCluster|
|Wk 5||QB Geno Smith, Jets||S Charles Woodson, Oakland||PR Travis Benjamin, Browns|
|Wk 6||QB Andy Dalton, Bengals||LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs||K Nick Novak, Chargers|
|Wk 7||QB Andrew Luck, Colts||DE Mario Williams, Bills||K Shaun Suisham, Steelers|
|Wk 8||WR Marvin Jones, Bengals||CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Broncos||K Ryan Succop, Chiefs|
|Wk 9||QB Jason Campbell, Browns||DE Cameron Wake, Miami||K Nick Folk, Jets|
|Wk 10||WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos||LB Paul Posluszny, Jaguars||K Justin Tucker, Ravens|
|Wk 11||QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers||LB Vontaze Burfict, Bengals||K Adam Vinatieri, Colts|
|Wk 12||QB Tom Brady, Patriots||S Troy Polamalu, Steelers||K Justin Tucker, Ravens|
|Wk 13||WR Erick Decker, Broncos||DE Olivier Vernon, Dolphins||P Kevin Huber, Bengals|
|Wk 14||QB Andy Dalton, Bengals||LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs||K Matt Prater, Broncos|
|Wk 15||RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs||S Michael Thomas, Dolphins||K Justin Tucker, Ravens|
|Wk 16||QB Peyton Manning, Broncos||LB Jerrell Freeman, Colts||K Nick Novak, Chargers|
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 16 as submitted by AFC clubs:
Pittsburgh rookie running back LE'VEON BELL, who rushed for 124 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown in the Steelers' 38-31 win at Green Bay.
Indianapolis running back DONALD BROWN, who rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries (7.9 average), including a 51-yard rushing touchdown. Brown also added two catches for 31 yards with a 33-yard touchdown reception.
Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON, who completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1 percent) for 366 yards with four touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 136.5 passer rating in the Bengals' 42-14 win over Minnesota.
New York Jets running back CHRIS IVORY, who rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries (5.5 average) in the Jets' 24-13 win over Cleveland.
Buffalo running back FRED JACKSON, who rushed for 111 yards on 19 carries (5.8 average) with one touchdown in the Bills' 19-0 win over Miami.
New York Jets rookie quarterback GENO SMITH, who completed 20 of 36 passes (55.6 percent) for 214 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 91.7 passer rating. Smith also rushed for 48 yards with one rushing touchdown.
Tennessee wide receiver NATE WASHINGTON, who had six catches for 117 receiving yards (19.5 average) and one touchdown in the Titans' 20-16 win at Jacksonville.
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 16 as submitted by AFC clubs:
Denver safety MIKE ADAMS, who had nine tackles, one interception and three passes defensed.
Pittsburgh cornerback CORTEZ ALLEN, who had six tackles, two passes defensed and a 40-yard interception-return touchdown.
New York Jets rookie cornerback DEE MILLINER, who had nine tackles, one interception and five passes defensed.
Cincinnati linebacker VINCENT REY, who had one tackle, one sack, forced a fumble and had a 25-yard interception-return touchdown.
New England rookie cornerback LOGAN RYAN, who had one tackle, two interceptions and three passes defensed in the Patriots' 41-7 win at Baltimore.
Buffalo cornerback NICKELL ROBEY, who had four tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks and one pass defensed.
Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 16 as submitted by AFC clubs:
Buffalo kicker DAN CARPENTER, who made four field goals (45, 21, 22, 26).
Miami punter BRANDON FIELDS, who punted 10 times for 501 yards (50.1 average), including six punts inside the 20-yard line in the Dolphins' 19-0 loss at Buffalo.
Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI, who made three of four field goals (46, 45, 30).
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