AFC Players of the Week - Week 13

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AFC Players of the Week - Week 13

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 13 English



Wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL of the New York Jets, safety TYVON BRANCH of the Kansas City Chiefs and punt returner-wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2015 season (December 3, December 6-7), the NFL announced today.


  • Marshall had 12 catches for 131 yards and one touchdown in the Jets’ 23-20 overtime win at the New York Giants.
  • With the Jets trailing 20-13 in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, Marshall secured a nine-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone with 27 seconds remaining to tie the game and force overtime.
  • He also posted two catches for 23 yards in overtime on the Jets’ 13-play, 61-yard drive that set up a 31-yard field-goal by RANDY BULLOCK that provided the winning margin.
  • Marshall’s 12 receptions tied for the most of any NFL player in Week 13. The performance marked his seventh 100-yard receiving game of 2015, which is tied for the most in the league.
  • Marshall, who leads the Jets with 1,062 receiving yards this season, is the first player in NFL history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season with four different teams (Denver, Miami, Chicago and the Jets).
  • In his 10th season from Central Florida, this is Marshall’s third career Player of the Week Award and first since 2009 with Denver (Week 14).
  • Marshall is the first Jets wide receiver to win an Offensive Player of the Week Award since AL TOON in 1990 (Week 8).


  • Branch had four tackles and a 38-yard interception-return touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 34-20 win at Oakland.
  • With the Chiefs holding a 26-20 lead late in the fourth quarter, Branch secured his first interception of the year and returned it 38 yards for a score with 3:14 remaining to help clinch the Chiefs’ sixth consecutive victory.
  • Branch, who made his first start of the season for Kansas City on Sunday, contributed to a defensive unit that posted an NFL-best three interceptions in Week 13. All three of the Chiefs’ interceptions led to touchdowns and a total of 22 points.
  • In his eighth season from Connecticut, this is Branch’s first career Player of the Week Award and first by a Chiefs defensive back since BRANDON FLOWERS in 2011 (Week 7).
  • He is the first Chiefs player to be named Defensive Player of the Week since linebacker TAMBA HALI in 2013 (Week 14).


  • Brown returned two punts for 74 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in the Steelers’ 45-10 win against Indianapolis.
  • Brown, who also led the Steelers with eight catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts, is the first Steeler in history with two touchdown catches and a punt-return touchdown in the same game.
  • He now has four career punt-return touchdowns and is tied with ANTWAAN RANDLE EL for the most in franchise history.
  • In his sixth season from Central Michigan, this is Brown’s third career Special Teams Player of the Week Award, the most in franchise history, and his first since 2014 (Week 17).
  • Brown, who was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, is the second Steeler to win a Special Teams Player of the Week Award this season, joining kicker CHRIS BOSWELL (Week 6).





Special Teams

Wk 1

QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

CB Aqib Talib, Denver

PR-WR Jarvis Landry, Miami

Wk 2

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

CB Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets

PR-WR Travis Benajamin, Cleveland

Wk 3

WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati

LB Preston Brown, Buffalo

P Pat McAfee, Indianapolis

Wk 4

QB Philip Rivers, San Diego

S T.J. Ward, Denver

K Justin Tucker, Baltimore

Wk 5

QB Josh McCown, Cleveland

S Mike Adams, Indianapolis

K Mike Nugent, Cincinnati

Wk 6

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

DE Cameron Wake, Miami

K Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh

Wk 7

QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami

LB Telvin Smith, Jacksonville

K Stephen Gostkowski, New England

Wk 8

QB Tom Brady, New England

DE Derek Wolfe, Denver

K Justin Tucker, Baltimore

Wk 9

QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

CB Darius Butler, Indianapolis

P Ryan Quigley, N.Y. Jets

Wk 10

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

S Baccari Rambo, Buffalo

K Stephen Gostkowski, New England

Wk 11

QB Brock Osweiler, Denver

DE J.J. Watt, Houston

P Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City

Wk 12

RB C.J. Anderson, Denver

CB Leon Hall, Cincinnati

S Will Hill, Baltimore

Wk 13

WR Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets

S Tyvon Branch, Kansas City

PR-WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Jacksonville quarterback BLAKE BORTLES, who passed for 322 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 134.5 passer rating in the Jaguars’ 42-39 loss at Tennessee.
  • Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON, who completed 14 of 19 passes (73.7 percent) for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 146.8 passer rating in the Bengals’ 37-3 win at Cleveland.
  • New York Jets quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK, who passed for 390 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 107.9 passer rating.
  • Kansas City wide receiver JEREMY MACLIN, who had nine catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Tennessee rookie quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA, who passed for 268 yards with three touchdowns for a 118.2 passer rating and rushed for 112 yards with one touchdown in the Titans’ 42-39 win against Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville wide receiver ALLEN ROBINSON, who had 10 catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who passed for 364 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 126.4 passer rating.
  • Buffalo quarterback TYROD TAYLOR, who passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 28 yards and one touchdown in the Bills’ 30-21 win against Houston.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Cincinnati defensive end CARLOS DUNLAP, who had three tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a blocked field-goal attempt.
  • Pittsburgh linebacker JAMES HARRISON, who had seven tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.
  • New York Jets safety RONTEZ MILES, who had four tackles and an interception.
  • Denver linebacker VON MILLER, who had four tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Broncos’ 17-3 win at San Diego.
  • Miami defensive end OLIVIER VERNON, who had six tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Dolphins’ 15-13 win against Baltimore.

Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 13 as submitted by AFC clubs:

Buffalo punter COLTON SCHMIDT, who punted six times for 272 yards (45.3 average) and placed two inside his opponent’s 20-yard line.

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