Quarterback CAM NEWTON of the Carolina Panthers, rookie cornerback JANORIS JENKINS of the St. Louis Rams and kick returner-punt returner LEON WASHINGTON of the Seattle Seahawks are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2012 season (November 22, 25-26), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB CAM NEWTON, CAROLINA PANTHERS
- Newton accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in the Panthers’ 30-22 win at Philadelphia.
- He completed 18 of 28 passes (64.3 percent) for 306 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125 passer rating. He rushed for a team-best 52 yards and two touchdowns.
- Newton contributed to 85.7 percent of the team’s total offense, accounting for 341 (289 net passing and 52 net rushing) of the Panthers’ 398 total net yards.
- In the past 20 years, Newton is one of only four quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards with two touchdowns and rush for at least 50 yards and two TDs in a game. The other three to accomplish the feat are Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (10/18/98), DAUNTE CULPEPPER (12/15/02) and MICHAEL VICK (11/15/10).
- Newton is the first player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns (32) and 20 rushing touchdowns (20) in his first two NFL seasons.
- In his second season from Auburn, this is Newton’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 13, 2011).
- He is the first quarterback in franchise history to be named Player of the Week twice.
DEFENSE: CB JANORIS JENKINS, ST. LOUIS RAMS
- Jenkins had two interception-return touchdowns and two tackles in the Rams’ 31-17 win at Arizona.
- He is the first player in franchise history to return two interceptions for a touchdown in a regular season game and the second overall (AENEAS WILLIAMS, 2001 NFC Divisional Playoff, January 20, 2002).
- Jenkins is the fourth rookie in NFL history to return two interceptions for a touchdown in a game. The other rookies to accomplish the feat were HOOT FLANAGAN (November 29, 1925), DAN SANDIFER (October 31, 1948) and BOBBY FRANKLIN (December 11, 1960).
- With the Rams trailing 7-0, Jenkins helped tie the game with a 36-yard interception-return touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. In the third quarter with the Rams holding onto a four-point lead (21-17), Jenkins extended the lead with a 39-yard interception-return touchdown.
- In his rookie year from North Alabama, this is Jenkins’ first career Player of the Week Award.
- He is the first rookie cornerback in franchise history to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-PR LEON WASHINGTON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
- Washington had a 98-yard kickoff-return touchdown and 152 total return yards (122 kickoff, 30 punt) in the Seahawks’ 24-21 loss at Miami.
- After Miami tied the score at 14 with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give Seattle the lead.
- It marked Washington’s eighth career kickoff-return touchdown, tied with JOSH CRIBBS for the most in NFL history. Washington reached eight KR-TDs in 235 career returns, 26 fewer than it took Cribbs (261).
- Against Miami, he averaged 61 yards per kickoff return (122 yards) and 15 yards per punt return (30 yards).
- This season, Washington ranks second in the NFC in kickoff return average (31.9) and fourth in the NFC in punt return average (9.5).
- In his seventh season from Florida State, this is Washington’s third career Player of the Week Award. He was previously honored in Week 3, 2010 and Week 11, 2008 (with the New York Jets).
- Washington joins CHARLIE ROGERS as the only return specialists in franchise history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week multiple times.
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|
|Wk 4||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay||LB Patrick Willis, San Francisco||K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis|
|Wk 5||QB Drew Brees, New Orleans||CB Charles Tillman, Chicago||P Johnny Hekker, St. Louis|
|Wk 6||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay||S Antrel Rolle, New York Giants||K Jason Hanson, Detroit|
|Wk 7||RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota||CB Charles Tillman, Chicago||P Andy Lee, San Francisco|
|Wk 8||QB Alex Smith, San Francisco||S Stevie Brown, New York Giants||CB Davon House, Green Bay|
|Wk 9||RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay||LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago||CB Sherrick McManis, Chicago|
|Wk 10||TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans||CB Richard Sherman, Seattle||PR Dwayne Harris, Dallas|
|Wk 11||QB Robert Griffin III, Washington||LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco||K Dan Bailey, Dallas|
|Wk 12||QB Cam Newton, Carolina||CB Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis||KR-PR Leon Washington, Seattle|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Philadelphia rookie running back BRYCE BROWN, who rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 30-22 loss to Carolina.
- Dallas wide receiver DEZ BRYANT, who had eight catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 38-31 loss to Washington.
- Washington rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III, who completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 311 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 132.6 passer rating in the Redskins’ 38-31 win at Dallas.
- New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, who passed for 249 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.4 passer rating in the Giants’ 38-10 win over Green Bay.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- San Francisco linebacker AHMAD BROOKS, who had five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a 50-yard interception-return touchdown in the 49ers’ 31-21 win at New Orleans.
- Washington cornerback DE ANGELO HALL, who had an interception, two passes defensed, three tackles and recovered an onside kick.
- New York Giants linebacker MATHIAS KIWANUKA, who had two sacks and six tackles.
- Dallas linebacker ANTHONY SPENCER, who had 10 tackles and two sacks.
Other nominee for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Chicago defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS, who blocked a field goal in the Bears’ 28-10 win over Minnesota.