McCoy, Kuechly, Brown: NFC Players Of The Week For Week 16



With the Courtesy of NFL Media Relations

The NFL announced Tuesday that running back LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers and Josh Brown of the New York Giants are the NFC ‘s Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of Week 16 for the 2013 season (Dec. 22-23). These three individuals came through huge for their clubs. 

OFFENSE: Running back LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy/Google Images

LeSean McCoy/Google Images

  • McCoy rushed for 133 yards with two touchdowns and added six catches for 29 yards in the Eagles’ 54-11 win over Chicago. The Eagles enter Week 17 with a 9-6 record and will face Dallas with the NFC East title on the line.
  • He leads the NFL in rushing (1,476) and scrimmage yards (2,012). McCoy can become the first Eagle to win the NFL rushing title since Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949.
  • McCoy, who averaged 7.4 yards per carry, led a rushing attack which gained 289 yards on the ground. The Eagles lead the NFL this season averaging 161.9 rushing yards per game.
  • McCoy (1,476) needs 37 rushing yards in the team’s final game to pass Wilbert Montgomery (1,512 yards in 1979) for the team’s single-season record.
  • McCoy (2,012) needs 93 scrimmage yards in Week 17 to pass Brian Westbrook (2,104 yards in 2007) for the most scrimmage yards in a season in franchise history.
  • In his fifth season from Pittsburgh, this is McCoy’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 8, 2011).
  • McCoy, quarterback Nick Foles (Weeks 6 and 9) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (Week 5) are the first QB/RB/WR trio from the same team to all win NFC Offensive Player of the Week in the same season since the 1999 St. Louis Rams (quarterback Kurt Warner, Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk and wide receiver Isaac Bruce).
  • McCoy joins backs Westbrook (two) and Ricky Watters (three) as the only Eagles running backs to win the award multiple times.

DEFENSE: Linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

Luke Kuechly/Google Images

Luke Kuechly/Google Images

  • Kuechly had 24 tackles and an interception in the Panthers’ 17-13 win over New Orleans. Carolina improved to 11-4 and clinched a playoff berth. The Panthers can win the NFC South with a win in Week 17.
  • Since tackles were tracked in 1994, Kuechly’s 24 are tied for the most in an NFL game.
  • During that span, Kuechly and Derrick Brooks (September 30, 2001) are the only players to record at least 20 tackles and an interception in a game.
  • Eleven of Kuechly’s 24 tackles were for a loss or within three yards of the line of scrimmage.
  • He led a defensive unit that limited the Saints to 13 points and 239 passing yards. New Orleans entered the game averaging 25.6 points per game and 307.8 passing yards per game. 
  • In his second year from Boston College, this is Kuechly’s third career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 10). He was also honored in Week 14, 2012.
  • Kuechly’s three Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied with Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears for the most in franchise history.

 SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Josh Brown, New York Giants 

Josh Brown/Google Images

Josh Brown/Google Images

  • Brown converted all three field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 45-yarder in overtime, and both PATs in the Giants’ 23-20 overtime win at Detroit.
  • He scored 11 points, tied for the most in the NFC by a kicker in Week 16.
  • All three of Brown’s field goals were at least 40 yards (41, 52 and 45 yards), including a long of 52.
  • The game-winning field goal was Brown’s second career overtime field goal and first since November 27, 2005.
  • In his 11th season from Nebraska, this is Brown’s fifth career Player of the Week Award and first since 2009 (Week 8 with St. Louis). He also won the award three times with Seattle.  
  • Brown is the seventh kicker in franchise history to named Special Teams Player of the Week and the first since Lawrence Tynes in Week 3, 2012.


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