NFC Players of the Week - Week 12

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NFC Players of the Week - Week 12

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 12 English




Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks, linebacker LUKE KUECHLY of the Carolina Panthers and punter SAM MARTIN of the Detroit Lions are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2015 season (November 26, 29-30), the NFL announced today.


  • Wilson tied the franchise single-game record with five touchdown passes in the Seahawks’ 39-30 win over Pittsburgh. He completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 345 yards and did not throw an interception for a 147.9 passer rating.
  • He threw three touchdown passes to wide receiver DOUG BALDWIN, including an 80-yarder with 2:01 remaining to seal the victory. Wilson’s other two touchdown passes went to wide receiver JERMAINE KEARSE.
  • The performance marked the 20th time Wilson has thrown multiple touchdown passes without an interception in a game, the most by any player in his first four seasons in NFL history.
  • Wilson, who turned 27 years old on Sunday, is only the second player since 1950 to throw at least five touchdown passes on his birthday (Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON, 1990).
  • In his fourth season from Wisconsin, this is Wilson’s fifth career Player of the Week Award.
  • Wilson joins PEYTON MANNING as the only quarterbacks in the past 25 years to be named Player of the Week in each of his first four NFL seasons.
  • Wilson’s five Player of the Week Awards are the most by a quarterback in franchise history.


  • Kuechly had two interceptions, including a touchdown, and seven tackles in the Panthers’ 33-14 win at Dallas.
  • He scored his first career touchdown late in the second quarter when he intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards for a score. On the next play from scrimmage, he added his second interception of the game.
  • Kuechly is the first player since 1987 (Cleveland’s CLAY MATTHEWS, September 20) to intercept the same player on consecutive plays from scrimmage and return the first for a touchdown.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2012, Kuechly leads all linebackers with 10 interceptions. During that span, he leads all NFL players with 548 tackles.
  • This season, Kuechly is the only player in the NFL with at least 75 tackles (75), three interceptions (three), a sack (one), a forced fumble (two) and a fumble recovery (one).
  • In his fourth year from Boston College, this is Kuechly’s fourth career Player of the Week Award.
  • Kuechly’s four Defensive Player of the Week Awards are the most in franchise history, surpassing JULIUS PEPPERS (three).


  • Martin averaged 46.0 yards per punt with a 45.3-yard net average in the Lions’ 45-14 win over Philadelphia. He also registered a career-high eight touchbacks on eight kickoffs (100 percent). 
  • All four of his punts traveled at least 45 yards and the Lions allowed only two returns for three total yards (1.5 average).
  • Martin’s eight kickoff touchbacks are the most by any player this season.
  • He is one of six players to have at least eight kickoff touchbacks and a 100-percent rate in a game since at least 1994, the first year the statistic was tracked.
  • In his third season from Appalachian State, this is Martin’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 3, 2013).
  • Martin joins kicker JASON HANSON (12) and return specialist TERRY FAIR (two) as the only Lions to win multiple Special Teams Player of the Week Awards.





Special Teams

Wk 1

WR Julio Jones, Atlanta

DT Aaron Donald, St. Louis

PR-WR Tavon Austin, St. Louis

Wk 2

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

LB Sean Lee, Dallas

KR-RB David Johnson, Arizona

Wk 3

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

S Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona

PR-RB Darren Sproles, Philadelphia

Wk 4

QB Drew Brees, New Orleans

CB Josh Norman, Carolina

K Robbie Gould, Chicago

Wk 5

QB Eli Manning, New York Giants

DE Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia

PR Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay

Wk 6

WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit

DT Kawann Short, Carolina

LB Michael Mauti, New Orleans

Wk 7

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

DE Michael Bennett, Seattle

KR Dwayne Harris, New York Giants

Wk 8

QB Drew Brees, New Orleans

LB Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay

PR Marcus Sherels, Minnesota

Wk 9

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

DT Linval Joseph, Minnesota

K Josh Brown, New York Giants

Wk 10

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

CB Terence Newman, Minnesota

KR Ameer Abdullah, Detroit

Wk 11

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

LB Lavonte David, Tampa Bay

K Mason Crosby, Green Bay

Wk 12

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle

LB Luke Kuechly, Carolina

P Sam Martin, Detroit

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Seattle wide receiver DOUG BALDWIN, who had six catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS, who completed 20 of 29 passes (69 percent) for 302 yards with one touchdown versus no interceptions for a 114.4 passer rating and rushed for a touchdown in the Redskins’ 20-14 win over the New York Giants.
  • Chicago quarterback JAY CUTLER, who passed for 200 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 17-13 win at Green Bay.
  • Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON, who had eight catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 20-10 win at Atlanta.
  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD, who completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1 percent) for 337 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 137.8 passer rating.


Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Detroit defensive end EZEKIEL ANSAH, who had 3.5 sacks, four tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  
  • Minnesota linebacker ANTHONY BARR, who had eight tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.
  • Arizona safety TONY JEFFERSON, who had a sack, a forced fumble and five tackles in the Cardinals’ 19-13 win at San Francisco.
  • Washington linebacker RYAN KERRIGAN, who had two sacks, three tackles and a pass defensed.
  • Arizona safety TYRANN MATHIEU, who had 13 tackles, an interception and two passes defensed.
  • Chicago cornerback TRACY PORTER, who had an interception, four passes defensed and one tackle.
  • Seattle cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN, who had an interception, two passes defensed and five tackles.


Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Arizona linebacker ALANI FUA, who recovered a San Francisco fumble on a muffed punt.
  • Carolina kicker GRAHAM GANO, who scored 15 points, converting four of five field goal attempts and all three PATs.


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