NFC Players of the Week - Week 14

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NFC Players of the Week - Week 14

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 14 English



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. 


  • 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 score.
  • 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). 


  • 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 scrimmage.
  • 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. 


  • Catanzaro 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.
  • It 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).
  • Catanzaro has made 16 consecutive field-goal attempts.
  • He 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. 





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

Wk 14

QB Eli Manning, New York Giants

DT Aaron Donald, St. Louis

K Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona

Other 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 Bay.
  • 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.


Other 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 six tackles.
  • Carolina defensive tackle KAWANN SHORT, who had two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.


Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 14 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • 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.
Philadelphia kicker CALEB STURGIS, who converted all three field-goal attempts and both PATs.  

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