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Wide receiver DOUG BALDWIN of the Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver-kick returner RANDALL COBB of the Green Bay Packers, linebacker RYAN KERRIGANof the Washington Redskins, quarterback CAM NEWTONof the Carolina Panthers and cornerback-punt returner PATRICK PETERSONof the Arizona Cardinals are the finalists for PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 8-12, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 am ET and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEKwill be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
A closer look at the finalists:
- Seattle's DOUG BALDWIN had four catches for 83 yards and a score. He hit pay dirt on a 55 yard touchdown pass that brought the Seahawks to within two points in the fourth quarter.
- Green Bay's RANDALL COBB had two catches for 35 yards and one touchdown, one punt return for five yards and two kickoff returns for 135 yards and a touchdown. His kickoff return score went for an NFL record-tying 108-yards and gave the Packers a 15 point third quarter lead en route to a 42-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
- Washington's RYAN KERRIGAN had five tackles and one interception in the Redskins' 28-14 win over the New York Giants. He took his pick nine yards to the house to give the Redskins a third quarter lead that they would not relinquish.
- Carolina's CAM NEWTONcompleted 64.9 percent of his passes for 422 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. In doing so, he broke the record for most passing yards by a rookie in his NFL debut. His one-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter gave the Panthers a seven point lead.
- Arizona's PATRICK PETERSONreturned a punt 89 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the Cardinals' 28-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. He added five tackles on defense.
This is Pepsi's tenth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the seventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.