Players of the Week/Month
GIANTS QB ELI MANNING, RAMS DT AARON DONALD &
CARDINALS K CHANDLER CATANZARO NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF
Quarterback ELI MANNING of the New York Giants, defensive
tackle AARON DONALD of the St. Louis
Rams and kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO
of the Arizona Cardinals are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams
Players of the Week for games played the 14th week of the 2015 season (December
10, 13-14), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB ELI MANNING, NEW YORK GIANTS
- Manning completed 27 of 31 passes
(career-high 87.1 percent) for 337 yards with four touchdowns and no
interceptions for a career-best 151.5 passer rating in the Giants’ 31-24
win at Miami.
- Manning’s 87.1 completion
percentage is the highest by a Giants quarterback in a regular-season game
(minimum 20 attempts) and the second-best mark in franchise history behind
PHIL SIMMS’ 88.0 completion
percentage (22 of 25) in Super Bowl XXI.
- He is the first Giants quarterback
to have a passer rating of at least 150 in a game since 2002 (KERRY COLLINS, 158.3 on December 22).
- Manning threw touchdown passes to ODELL BECKHAM JR. (84 and six
yards), RUEBEN RANDLE (six
yards) and WILL TYE (five
yards). Manning’s 84-yard touchdown pass to Beckham with 11:13 remaining
in the fourth quarter broke a 24-24 tie and proved to be the game-winning
- He has six touchdown passes of at
least 50 yards this season, the most in the NFL.
- In his 12th season from Mississippi,
this is Manning’s fourth career Player of the Week Award and second this
season (Week 5).
- Manning’s four Player of the Week
Awards are tied for the most by a quarterback in team history (Collins).
DEFENSE: DT AARON DONALD, ST. LOUIS RAMS
- Donald had a career-high three
sacks and five tackles in the Rams’ 21-14 win over Detroit. He was also
credited with a career-best six quarterback hits.
- He leads NFL defensive tackles with
a career-high 11 sacks this season and ranks fifth in the league – second
in the NFC – among all players.
- This marked the second time in his
career in which Donald recorded at least two sacks in a game. He had two
sacks in the Rams’ Week 1 victory over Seattle and was named the NFC
Defensive Player of the Week.
- Donald’s three sacks resulted in a
loss of 17 yards. He had four tackles either at or behind the line of
- In his second year from Pittsburgh,
this is Donald’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 1).
- Donald is the only defensive tackle
in franchise history to win the award multiple times.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K CHANDLER CATANZARO, ARIZONA CARDINALS
converted all three field-goal attempts – including the game-winning 47-yarder
with 1:23 remaining – and both PATs in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win over Minnesota.
marked the second time in his career in which Catanzaro kicked the game-winning
field goal in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. He kicked the
game-winning 32-yard field goal with 0:02 remaining in the Cardinals’ Week 11
win over Cincinnati (34-31).
has made 16 consecutive field-goal attempts.
tied for the conference lead in Week 14 with 11 kicking points. Catanzaro ranks
third in the NFL – second in the NFC – with 119 points this season.
- In his second season from Clemson, this is
Catanzaro’s third career Player of the Week Award. He won the award twice as a
rookie last season (Weeks 6 and 15).
- In the past 10 seasons, Catanzaro
and PATRICK PETERSON (Weeks 9
and 12, 2011) are the only Cardinals to be named Player of the Week
multiple times in their first two seasons.
2015 NFC PLAYERS OF THE
Donald, St. Louis
Austin, St. Louis
LB Sean Lee,
Rodgers, Green Bay
PR-RB Darren Sproles,
Brees, New Orleans
Manning, New York Giants
Rainey, Tampa Bay
Mauti, New Orleans
Harris, New York Giants
Brees, New Orleans
Alexander, Tampa Bay
K Josh Brown,
New York Giants
David, Tampa Bay
Crosby, Green Bay
QB Russell Wilson,
P Sam Martin,
K Dan Bailey,
Manning, New York Giants
Donald, St. Louis
nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 14 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Seattle wide receiver DOUG BALDWIN, who had six catches
for 82 yards and three touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 35-6 win at Baltimore.
- New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM JR., who had seven
catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
- New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, who completed 31 of 41
passes (75.6 percent) for 312 yards with two touchdowns and no
interceptions for a 113.1 passer rating in the Saints’ 24-17 win at Tampa
- Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS, who completed 24 of
31 passes (77.4 percent) for 300 yards and one touchdown for a 104.2
passer rating in the Redskins’ 24-21 win at Chicago.
- Carolina wide receiver TED GINN JR., who had two catches
for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 38-0 win over Atlanta.
- St. Louis rookie running back TODD GURLEY, who rushed for 140
yards and two touchdowns.
- Green Bay running back EDDIE LACY, who rushed for 124
yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ 28-7 win over Dallas.
- Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON, who completed 15 of 21
passes (71.4 percent) for 265 yards with three touchdowns and no
interceptions for a 153.3 passer rating.
- Arizona quarterback CARSON PALMER, who completed 25 of
35 passes (71.4 percent) for 310 yards with two touchdowns and no
interceptions for a 117.6 passer rating.
- Washington tight end JORDAN REED, who had nine catches
for 120 yards and a touchdown.
- Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who completed 23
of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 292 yards with five touchdowns and no
interceptions for a 139.6 passer rating.
nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 14 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Arizona defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL, who had a sack, a
fumble recovery and four tackles.
- Philadelphia defensive end FLETCHER COX, who had a sack and
eight tackles in the Eagles’ 23-20 win over Buffalo.
- Green Bay linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS, who had a sack and
- Carolina defensive tackle KAWANN SHORT, who had two sacks,
two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 14 as submitted by NFC clubs:
Philadelphia kicker CALEB STURGIS, who converted all three field-goal attempts and both
- St. Louis punter JOHNNY HEKKER, who placed four of
his six punts inside the 20-yard line and averaged 47.3 yards per punt
with a net average of 45.5 yards.
- Green Bay special teamer JEFF JANIS, who had three special
teams tackles and returned two kickoffs for 40 yards.
- Philadelphia punter DONNIE JONES, who averaged 50.4
yards per punt with a net average of 43.3 yards.
- Carolina punter BRAD NORTMAN, who averaged 49.0
yards per punt with a net average of 46.5 yards.