NFC Players of the Week - Week 13

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NFC Players of the Week - Week 13

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 13 English



Quarterback CAM NEWTON of the Carolina Panthers, safety MALCOLM JENKINS of the Philadelphia Eagles and kicker DAN BAILEY of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2015 season (December 3, 6-7), the NFL announced today.


  • Newton passed for 331 yards and five touchdowns in the Panthers’ 41-38 win at New Orleans, the team’s 16th consecutive regular-season victory. The Panthers improved to 12-0 for the first time in franchise history and clinched the NFC South division title for the third consecutive season.
  • His five passing touchdowns tied the single-game club record and it marked his second such game in the past three weeks. Newton is the only player in franchise history to throw five touchdown passes in a game two times.
  • Newton threw the game-winning touchdown pass to JERRICHO COTCHERY with 1:05 remaining in the game. It marked only the second time in NFL history in which a team with a 10-0 record or better maintained its perfect season with a touchdown pass in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter (New England, 2007).
  • In his fifth season from Auburn, this is Newton’s sixth career Player of the Week Award and third this season (Weeks 9 and 11).
  • Newton is the first player to win three Offensive Player of the Week Awards in a five-week span since New England’s TOM BRADY in 2007.
  • Newton’s six Offensive Player of the Week Awards are the most in franchise history. He is the only Panthers quarterback to win the award multiple times.


  • Jenkins had a 99-yard interception-return touchdown and seven tackles, including two for a loss, in the Eagles’ 35-28 win at New England.
  • With the score tied at 14 in the third quarter and the Patriots at the Philadelphia five-yard line, Jenkins intercepted a pass and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles the lead.
  • The 99-yard interception-return touchdown ties for the third-longest in franchise history. It is the longest interception-return touchdown by an Eagle since 2006 (LITO SHEPPARD, 102 yards, October 8).
  • Jenkins has four career interception-return touchdowns, including two with Philadelphia.
  • In his seventh year from Ohio State, this is Jenkins’ third career Player of the Week Award and first with the Eagles. He previously won twice as a member of the New Orleans Saints (Weeks 12 and 14, 2010).
  • Jenkins joins BRIAN DAWKINS (three) and KURT COLEMAN (one) as the only Eagles safeties to be named Defensive Player of the Week in the past 30 seasons.


  • Bailey converted all four field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 54-yarder with 0:09 remaining, in the Cowboys’ 19-16 win at Washington.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Bailey has made nine game-winning field goals in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or in overtime, the most in the NFL during that span.
  • He has 10 career game-winning field goals in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter or in overtime. Since 2011, Bailey is the only player in the NFL with at least 10 such field goals.
  • Bailey tied for the league lead in Week 13 with 13 kicking points.
  • In his fifth season from Oklahoma State, this is Bailey’s third career Player of the Week Award. He was previously honored in Week 3, 2011 and Week 11, 2012.
  • Bailey’s three Special Teams Player of the Week Awards are tied for the most in franchise history with BILLY CUNDIFF and DWAYNE HARRIS.




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

Wk 13

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

S Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia

K Dan Bailey, Dallas

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

  • Seattle wide receiver DOUG BALDWIN, who had five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 38-7 win at Minnesota.  
  • San Francisco quarterback BLAINE GABBERT, who threw the game-winning 71-yard touchdown pass in overtime and had a 44-yard touchdown run in the 49ers’ 26-20 overtime win over Chicago.
  • Arizona quarterback CARSON PALMER, who completed 26 of 40 passes (65 percent) for 356 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 110.0 passer rating in the Cardinals’ 27-3 win at St. Louis.
  • Green Bay tight end RICHARD RODGERS, who had eight catches for 146 yards and the game-winning 61-yard touchdown as time expired in the Packers’ 27-23 win at Detroit.
  • Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who passed for 274 yards, three touchdowns and a 146.0 passer rating and rushed for a touchdown.
  • Tampa Bay rookie quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON, who threw a touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 23-19 win over Atlanta.

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

  • Philadelphia linebacker CONNOR BARWIN, who had two sacks and six tackles.
  • Seattle rookie defensive end FRANK CLARK, who had two sacks.
  • Tampa Bay linebacker LAVONTE DAVID, who had 11 tackles and an interception.
  • Arizona safety RASHAD JOHNSON, who had an interception and three tackles.
  • Dallas defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE, who had two sacks, four tackles and a forced fumble.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • New Orleans rookie linebacker STEPHONE ANTHONY, who returned a blocked PAT attempt for a two-point score in the Saints’ loss to Carolina. Anthony also had 10 tackles on defense, along with a forced fumble and a 31-yard fumble-return touchdown.
  • New York Giants punt returner DWAYNE HARRIS, who had an 80-yard punt-return touchdown in the Giants’ 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets.
  • Minnesota kick returner CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, who had a 101-yard kick-return touchdown in the Vikings’ loss to Seattle.
  • Philadelphia punt returner DARREN SPROLES, who had an 83-yard punt-return touchdown.

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