Sep 24, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after a Packers touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Willis, Greg Zuerlein Named NFC Players of the Week


The NFL has announced the NFC recipients of their weekly performance awards. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Williams and St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein were named the Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive player of the week and Special Teams Player of the Week respectively for their performances in week 4.

Rodgers had one of his biggest weeks of the season as he led the Packers to a 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints just one week after the crushing, controversial loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Rodgers threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns on 31-of-41 passing. Rodgers tossed an interception but managed to keep a quarterback rating of 119.9.

Rodgers joins longtime Packers signal-caller Brett Favre as the only Green Bay quarterbacks to win the award six times.

Willis was a big part of the 49ers dominating defensive performance against the New York Jets. Willis had ten tackles, two passes defensed and an interception during the 34-0 win. He became the first 49ers linebacker to be named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times.

For Zuerlein, his Special Teams Player of the Week recognition comes after becoming the first kicker in NFL history to successfully convert a 50-yard field goal and 60-yard field goal in the same game. Zuerlein’s 60-yard kick tied the franchise record for longest field goal by a Ram. On the season, the rookie kicker is 12-for-12 from field goal range. He has successfully converted the most field goals in the league through the first quarter.

Here are the Player of the Week results through week 4 of the season:

2012 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 Robert Griffin III Ronde Barber Blair Walsh
Wk 2 Hakeem Nicks Calais Campbell Tim Masthay
Wk 3 Larry Fitzgerald Chris Clemons Lawrence Tynes
Wk 4 Aaron Rodgers Patrick Willis Greg Zuerlein

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