Rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks, safety WILLIAM MOORE of the Atlanta Falcons and rookie kicker GREG ZUERLEIN of the St. Louis Rams are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2012 season (November 29, December 2-3), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB RUSSELL WILSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
- Wilson completed 23 of 37 passes (62.2 percent) for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.9 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 23-17 overtime win at Chicago. He also rushed for 71 yards, the most by a quarterback in franchise history.
- He threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to GOLDEN TATE with 0:24 remaining to give Seattle a 17-14 lead and then threw a game-winning 13-yard TD pass to SIDNEY RICE in overtime.
- Wilson led touchdown drives of 94, 97 and 80 yards.
- With Seattle trailing 14-10 late in the fourth quarter, Wilson engineered a 12-play, 97-yard drive in 3:16 that ended in his touchdown pass to Tate to give the Seahawks the lead.
- On the opening possession of overtime, Wilson led Seattle down the field on a 12-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by his TD pass to Rice.
- In his rookie season from Wisconsin, this is Wilson’s first career Player of the Week Award.
- He is the first Seahawk to be named Offensive Player of the Week since SHAUN ALEXANDER (Week 9, 2005).
- Wilson is the first Seattle quarterback to be honored since MATT HASSELBECK (Week 5, 2005).
DEFENSE: S WILLIAM MOORE, ATLANTA FALCONS
- Moore had a game-high 11 tackles and two interceptions in the Falcons’ 23-13 win over New Orleans. Atlanta clinched the NFC South division in Week 13.
- The performance was Moore’s first career two-interception game. He led an Atlanta defense that registered five interceptions, the most by the Falcons since November 9, 1980. It marked the first time inDREW BREES’ career that he was intercepted five times in a game.
- Atlanta’s defense held Brees without a touchdown pass, ending his NFL-record streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The last time Brees did not throw a touchdown pass in a game was October 4, 2009.
- Moore’s 11 tackles and nine solo tackles both set new career-highs. This season, Moore leads the team with 75 tackles and 59 solo tackles. He ranks second on the club with four interceptions.
- In his fourth year from Missouri, this is Moore’s first career Player of the Week Award.
- In the past 15 years, Moore, THOMAS DE COUD (Week 6, 2009) and LAWYER MILLOY (Week 13, 2006) are the only Atlanta safeties to be named Defensive Player of the Week.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K GREG ZUERLEIN, ST. LOUIS RAMS
- Zuerlein tied the game at the end of regulation with a 53-yard field goal and then won it in overtime with a 54-yard field goal in the Rams’ 16-13 win over San Francisco.
- He is the first player in NFL history to tie the game with no time left in the fourth quarter and then win it in overtime with 50+ yard field goals.
- This season, Zuerlein has made seven field goals of at least 50 yards, one shy of the single-season NFL record of eight held by MORTEN ANDERSEN (1995) and JASON HANSON (2008). Zuerlein’s seven 50+ yard field goals are the most by a rookie in NFL history and the most in a single season by a Rams player.
- Zuerlein has made six field goals of at least 53 yards this year, the most in a single season in NFL history.
- In his rookie season from Missouri Western, this is Zuerlein’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 4).
- He is the second Rams kicker to be honored twice, joining JEFF WILKINS (Week 15, 2002 and Week 1, 2006).
- Zuerlein is one of three Rams rookies to be honored this season: P JOHNNY HEKKER (Special Teams, Week 5), CB JANORIS JENKINS (Defense, Week 12) and Zuerlein (Special Teams, Week 4 and 13).
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|
|Wk 13||QB Russell Wilson, Seattle||S William Moore, Atlanta||K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON, who had 13 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 35-33 loss to Indianapolis.
- Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 23-14 loss at Green Bay.
- Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO, who completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.5 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 38-33 win over Philadelphia.
- Atlanta running back MICHAEL TURNER, who rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Green Bay safety MORGAN BURNETT, who had two interceptions, three passes defensed and seven tackles in the Packers’ 23-14 win over Minnesota.
- Dallas rookie cornerback MORRIS CLAIBORNE, who had a 50-yard fumble-return touchdown and three tackles.
- Minnesota linebacker CHAD GREENWAY, who had 16 tackles.
- Minnesota rookie safety HARRISON SMITH, who had 11 tackles and an interception.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Atlanta kicker MATT BRYANT, who scored 11 points and converted all three field-goal attempts and two PATs.
- Seattle punter JON RYAN, who placed three punts inside the 20-yard line.