Packers OLB Clay Matthews was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL Wedeesday for his performance in Green Bay’s 45-7 rout of the Cowboys in Week Nine.
Matthews had four tackles, including two for a loss, a sack, two passes defensed and a 62-yard interception-return touchdown in a sterling prime-time performance. 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 10½ sacks and is the first player in Packers history to record 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. (He also had a 42-yard fumble-recovery TD on Oct. 5, 2009 at Minnesota.)
In his second year from Southern California, this is Matthews’ third career Player of the Week Award and second this season (his first came in Week Two). He was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
He joins CB 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.