Week 14 Players of the Week

Posted Dec. 13, 2011 @ 12:46 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Eli Manning / QB / New York Giants

The Giants trailed the Cowboys 20-15 with 7:42 left in the third quarter. Manning stepped up when he had to with the NFC East lead on the line — three minutes and 12 seconds after the Cowboys pulled ahead by five, Manning's 47-yard TD pass to WR Mario Manningham put the Giants on top, but only briefly. Manning had to lead the Giants back again after they fell behind 34-22 with 5:41 left to play. He responded by completing 5-of-7 passes on an 80-yard drive, capping it off with a TD pass to TE Jake Ballard with 3:14 to play. The Giants' defense forced a three-and-out on the next possession, and Manning completed 3-of-4 passes for 47 yards on a 58-yard TD drive that gave the Giants the 37-34 lead they would keep. In all, he completed 27-of-47 passes for 400 yards, two TDs and one interception.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jason Pierre-Paul / DE / New York Giants

It has been a breakout season for Pierre-Paul, and he had his best game yet in Week 14. The second-year player recorded a team-high eight tackles, including two sacks. His first sack put the Giants on the board in the first quarter — he sacked Tony Romo in the endzone for a safety, and the Giants scored a field goal on the ensuing possession. Pierre-Paul forced a fumble, too, stripping the ball from RB Felix Jones late in the second quarter. It was recovered by Giants S Deon Grant, and New York took over at the Cowboys' 14-yard line, converting the turnover into another three points. Pierre-Paul saved perhaps his biggest play for last, though. With the Giants leading by three, the Cowboys set up for a field goal to tie the game with six seconds left, but Pierre-Paul blocked the 47-yard attempt, sealing the Giants' win.

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Matt Prater / PK / Denver Broncos

Much of the postgame talk focused on Tim Tebow, but without Prater's booming leg, the Broncos don't come out on top in overtime against the Bears. After having a 28-yard field-goal try blocked in the second quarter, Prater made his next attempt, which was from 59 yards out, with three seconds left in the game and tied the game at 10. He delivered in the clutch again, connecting on a 51-yarder with 8:34 left in overtime after the Bears used a timeout in an effort to ice the fifth-year placekicker. Prater delivered on kickoffs, too — two of his three kickoffs resulted in touchbacks with Devin Hester back deep, and Prater also made a nice onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter, although Denver missed a great chance to recover it. Prater showed off his leg strength and well-rounded game in Week 14.