Johnson, Abraham, Lee named NFC players of week

Posted Dec. 21, 2011 @ 3:31 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Lions WR Calvin Johnson, Falcons DE John Abraham and 49ers P Andy Lee are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played for Week 15, the NFL announced Wednesday.
 
Johnson had nine catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 28-27 comeback win at Oakland. It marked Johnson's ninth career game with at least two receiving touchdowns (51 and six yards), tied with Herman Moore for the most in club history.

This is Johnson's second career Player of the Week Award (Week Eight, 2010). Johnson and Moore are the only wide receivers in team history to be named Offensive Player of the Week twice.
 
Abraham had 3½ sacks, two forced fumbles and five tackles in the Falcons' 41-14 win over Jacksonville. His 3½ sacks resulted in a total loss of 35.5 yards. Both of his forced fumbles were recovered by Atlanta and resulted in 10 points.

This is Abraham's fourth career Player of the Week Award and second as a Falcon (Week One, 2006). He was also honored twice with the New York Jets (Week Eight, 2001 and Week Five, 2004).
 
Lee placed four of his six punts inside the 15-yard line and had a net average of 49.2 yards per punt in the 49ers' 20-3 win over Pittsburgh. In a game in which field position played a key role, four of Lee's six punts were downed inside the 15-yard line and the other two went for 57 and 62 yards.

Lee leads the NFL with a 44.1-yard net average and has placed 26 punts inside the 20-yard line this season. He leads the NFC averaging 50.4 yards per punt.

This is Lee's first career Player of the Week Award and he is the first punter in team history to be honored.