Week 16 Players of the Week

Posted Dec. 27, 2010 @ 10:17 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Aaron Rodgers / QB / Green Bay Packers

Rodgers didn't show any rust after missing last week because of his second concussion. In a must-win for the Packers against a solid Giants defense, all Rodgers did was complete 25-of-37 passes for 404 yards — a personal regular-season high — and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also had two rushes for 26 yards in the 45-17 stomping of the G-men. Backup QB Matt Flynn played well against the Patriots in Week 15, leading Rodgers to joke after the game. "I was teasing Matt that I had to get my job back," he said. The Giants cut the lead to seven in the third quarter, only for Rodgers to engineer three consecutive scoring drives. It was Rodgers' 10th career game with at least three TDs and no INTs, breaking Kurt Warner's record for the most such performances within three seasons of his first start.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Harris / S / Chicago Bears

In a game that saw so many points scored, it was Harris' late interception that sealed the Jets' fate. Trailing 38-34 with 51 seconds left, Mark Sanchez threw a pass intended for WR Santonio Holmes. Harris read the play perfectly from his safety position, picking off the pass and sending the Bears to their 11th victory and one step closer to a first-round bye in the playoffs. It was also his team-leading fifth interception of the season. Harris was a ballhawk early on in the game as well, recovering a fumble in the first quarter that led to a Bears touchdown. In addition to the two takeaways, Harris added 11 tackles, including a tackle-for-loss. "The guys are extremely excited," Harris said after the win. "It was one of those (games) where you don't care how you get it done; you just have to get it done."

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Darrel Young / FB / Washington Redskins

Young is now a fullback for the Redskins, but in Week 16, he tackled like a linebacker. That's no coincidence — the Redskins originally signed Young to play linebacker. He entered Sunday's game against the Jaguars with five special-teams tackles this season. He recorded a whopping six special-teams tackles in the 'Skins' overtime win. Helping on the kickoff- and punt-coverage teams, Young helped Washington hold the Jags to just a 14.4 yards per kickoff return and 5.6 yards per punt return. Young stopped Jags CB Tyron Brackenridge for a one-yard gain on a punt return in the third quarter. Then, on the Redskins' last punt of regulation, Young held Mike Thomas to just six yards, keeping the Jags from getting in position to go for the win.