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LB Clay Matthews Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Quarterback MICHAEL VICK of the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS of the Green Bay Packers and punter CHRIS KLUWE of the Minnesota Vikings are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the ninth week of the 2010 season (November 7-8), the NFL announced today.


  • Vick accounted for 292 yards of offense (218 passing and 74 rushing) and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the Eagles’ 26-24 victory over Indianapolis. 
  • He threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON in the first quarter to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead.  In the fourth quarter, he extended the lead to 26-17 when he rushed for a one-yard TD.
  • It marked the third time in his career that Vick passed for at least 200 yards and rushed for 70 yards in game. 
  • This season, Vick leads the NFL with a 105.3 passer rating and has not thrown an interception. 
  • He leads NFL QBs with 261 rushing yards and aims to join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as the only quarterbacks to post a 100.0 passer rating and rush for at least 500 yards in a single season. 
  • In his ninth season from Virginia Tech, this is Vick’s fifth career Player of the Week Award and first since Week 8, 2006 with the Atlanta Falcons.  He was also named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. 
  • Vick is the seventh Eagles quarterback to be honored and the second this year (KEVIN KOLB, Week 6).  



  • Matthews had four tackles, including two for a loss, a sack, two passes defensed and a 62-yard interception-return touchdown in the Packers’ 45-7 win over Dallas. 
  • He was a key contributor to a defensive unit that held the Cowboys to just 205 total yards of offense (166 passing yards, 39 rushing yards). 
  • Matthews leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks and is the first player in Packers history to recorded at least 10 sacks in each of his first two NFL seasons.  The Packers lead the NFL with 28 sacks. 
  • The touchdown marked the second of his career (42-yard FR-TD, 10/5/09 at Minnesota).
  • In his second year from Southern California, this is Matthews’ third career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 2).  He was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September. 
  • He joins CHARLES WOODSON (four) and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (three) as the only Packers to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week at least three times.
  • His father, CLAY MATTHEWS, was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in his career with the Cleveland Browns (Week 12, 1984 and Week 9, 1991).  They are the only father and son to win Player of the Week Awards.



  • Kluwe averaged 47.8 yards on four punts with a net average of 46.0 yards in the Vikings’ 27-24 overtime win over Arizona.  He placed all four punts inside the 20-yard line. 
  • In the first quarter, Kluwe pinned the Cardinals at the 15-yard line with a 47-yard punt and at the one-yard line with a 51-yarder.  His third punt, in the second quarter, went for 56 yards and forced Arizona to start at its own 19-yard line.  Kluwe’s fourth punt pinned the Cardinals at their own 13-yard line. 
  • This season, Kluwe leads the NFC with a 42.2-yard net average.  He is tied for third in the conference with 18 punts placed inside the 20-yard line. 
  • In his sixth season from UCLA, this is Kluwe’s first career Player of the Week Award.  In 2005, he was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. 
  • He joins MITCH BERGER, who was honored four times in his career, as the only punters in franchise history to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. 



Week 1 (Special Teams): K Mason Crosby

Week 2 (Defense): LB Clay Matthews

Week 4 (Defense): CB Charles Woodson

Week 8 (Special Teams): P Tim Masthay

Week 9 (Defense): LB Clay Matthews

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 9:

  • Minnesota quarterback BRETT FAVRE, who completed 36 of 47 passes (76.6 percent) for a career-high 446 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 101.9 passer rating.
  • Philadelphia wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON, who had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown and added 20 rushing yards. 
  • New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, who completed 21 of 32 passes (65.6 percent) for 290 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.8 passer rating in the Giants’ 41-7 win at Seattle. 
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS, who completed 27 of 34 passes (79.4 percent) for 289 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.5 passer rating. 
  • Atlanta running back MICHAEL TURNER, who rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 27-21 victory over Tampa Bay. 
  • Tampa Bay rookie wide receiver MIKE WILLIAMS, who had four catches for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 loss at Atlanta. 

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 9:

  • Minnesota defensive end JARED ALLEN, who had 2.5 sacks, four tackles and a pass defensed. 
  • New Orleans cornerback JABARI GREER, who had a 24-yard interception-return touchdown in the Saints’ 34-3 win at Carolina. 
  • Philadelphia cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL, who had two interceptions, including the game-clinching INT in the final seconds.
  • New York Giants cornerback COREY WEBSTER, who had five tackles and an interception.  

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 9:

  • Philadelphia kicker DAVID AKERS, who converted all four of his field-goal attempts (22, 21, 31 and 44 yards) and had three touchbacks on kickoffs.
  • Tampa Bay kick returner-wide receiver MICHEAL SPURLOCK, who returned four kickoffs for 209 yards (52.3 average), including an 89-yard touchdown.
  • Arizona kick returner-running back LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING, who had a 96-yard kick-return touchdown and averaged 33.0 yards per return in the Cardinals’ 27-24 overtime loss at Minnesota.
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