Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on Oct. 18-19.
Matthews recorded two sacks, three tackles for a loss and one pass defensed in his first NFL start in the Packers' 26-0 win over the Detroit Lions.
Matthews was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com/rookies. The other finalists were safety Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills, linebacker Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants and kicker Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs.
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 XLIV in South Florida.
This is Pepsi's eighth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the fifth year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.