TheSTN – NFL: NFC Players Of The Week Announced

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.




  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.




  Offense Defense Special Teams
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.


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