Wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD of the Arizona Cardinals, defensive end CHRIS CLEMONS of the Seattle Seahawks and kicker LAWRENCE TYNES of the New York Giants are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the third week of the 2012 season (September 20, 23-24).
OFFENSE: WR LARRY FITZGERALD, ARIZONA CARDINALS
- Fitzgerald had nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 27-6 win over Philadelphia.
- He became the youngest player (29 years, 23 days) in NFL history to reach 700 receptions, surpassing the previous mark by over a year (JASON WITTEN, 30 years, 133 days).
- Fitzgerald has 33 career 100-yard receiving games, the most in franchise history.
- In the second quarter, he helped the Cardinals extend their lead to 17-0 with a 37-yard touchdown reception. In his career (including the playoffs), he has nine TD catches in five career games against the Eagles and is averaging 114.0 yards per game.
- The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 1974 and the team has won 10 of its past 12 games, the best record in the NFL during that span.
- In his ninth season from Pittsburgh, this is Fitzgerald’s second career Player of the Week Award. He was honored last year (Week 10, 2011) for his performance (seven catches, 146 yards, two touchdowns) against Philadelphia.
- Fitzgerald and ROY GREEN (Week 11, 1988) are the only wide receivers in franchise history to be named Offensive Player of the Week.
DEFENSE: DE CHRIS CLEMONS, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
- Clemons had a career-high four sacks in the Seahawks’ 14-12 win over Green Bay.
- His four sacks in the first half were the most by a player since Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (November 8, 1992).
- He recorded all four of his sacks in the second quarter and he is the first player with four sacks in a quarter since 2002 (VONNIE HOLLIDAY, December 22, 2002).
- Clemons led a defensive unit that recorded eight sacks in the first half, the most by a team since the New York Giants had nine on October 3, 2010.
- Seattle’s defense held the Packers to 12 points, 268 total yards, 184 passing yards and 84 rushing yards.
- The Seahawks have allowed the fewest points in the NFL (39; 13.0 per game).
- In his ninth year from Georgia, this is Clemons’ third career Player of the Week Award and second with the Seahawks. He was honored last year (Week 11, 2011) with Seattle and in 2008 (Week 17) with Philadelphia.
- Clemons joins JACOB GREEN (three times) as the only Seahawks defensive ends to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week multiple times.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K LAWRENCE TYNES, NEW YORK GIANTS
- Tynes had a career-high five field goals in the Giants’ 36-7 win at Carolina.
- He converted all five field-goal attempts (47, 49, 30, 36 and 27 yards) and all three PATs for a total of 18 points.
- Tynes is the first Giants kicker with five field goals in a game since 2005 (JAY FEELY, October 30, 2005).
- He is one of four kickers in team history to convert at least five field goals in a game without a miss. He is the first to accomplish the feat since 2004 (STEVE CHRISTIE, December 26, 2004).
- In his ninth season from Troy, this is Tynes third career Player of the Week Award and first with the Giants. He previously was honored twice with Kansas City (Week 7, 2005 and Week 5, 2006).
- Tynes is the first Giants kicker to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week since JOHN CARNEY was honored in Week 3, 2008.
2012 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|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|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 3 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Dallas wide receiver MILES AUSTIN, who had five catches for 107 yards in the Cowboys’ 16-10 win over Tampa Bay.
- New York Giants running back ANDRE BROWN, who rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in his first career NFL start.
- Minnesota quarterback CHRISTIAN PONDER, who threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a TD in the Vikings’ 24-13 win over San Francisco.
- Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN, who completed 30 of 40 passes (75.0 percent) for 275 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for a 107.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ 27-3 win at San Diego.
- Seattle wide receiver GOLDEN TATE, who had two touchdown receptions and averaged 22.7 yards per catch.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 3 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- New York Giants linebacker MICHAEL BOLEY, who had an interception, a half-sack and six tackles.
- Atlanta safety THOMAS DE COUD, who had two interceptions, a fumble recovery, three passes defensed and three tackles.
- Minnesota linebacker CHAD GREENWAY, who had 13 tackles and two sacks.
- Chicago defensive end ISRAEL IDONIJE, who had 2.5 sacks and five tackles in the Bears’ 23-6 win over St. Louis.
- Arizona safety KERRY RHODES, who had a sack and forced fumble that resulted in JAMES SANDERS’ 93-yard fumble-return touchdown. Rhodes finished with four tackles and a pass defensed.
- Dallas linebacker DE MARCUS WARE, who had two sacks, two forced fumbles and five tackles.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 3 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Detroit kicker JASON HANSON, who connected on four field-goal attempts and punted three times in the Lions’ 44-41 overtime loss at Tennessee. Hanson is the first player since 1976 to kick four field goals and punt three times in the same game.
- Seattle punter JON RYAN, who averaged 51.5 yards per punt with a net average of 49.5 yards. He had a long of 73 yards and placed three of his six punts inside the 20-yard line.
- Minnesota rookie kicker BLAIR WALSH, who had a 52-yard field goal and is the first rookie in NFL history with a 50-yard field goal in each of his team’s first three games to start a season.