Brady, Mathis and Seymour named AFC players of week

Posted Dec. 28, 2011 @ 2:25 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Patriots QB Tom Brady, Colts DE Robert Mathis and Raiders DT Richard Seymour are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for Week 16.

Brady completed 27-of-46 passes for 304 yards with three touchdowns (one passing, two rushing) in the Patriots' 27-24 win over Miami. His performance helped erase a 17-0 deficit in the second half, completing 20-of-27 passes (74.1 percent) for 217 yards with one TD pass and a 109.6 passer rating. He also added two one-yard touchdown runs in the final 30 minutes. This is Brady's 20th Player of the Week award, the second-most Player of the Week awards since the accolade was instituted in 1984 (Peyton Manning has 21).

Mathis registered three tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the Colts' 19-16 win over Houston. He played a pivotal role in the Colts' defense limiting Houston to 283 yards of total offense and holding the Texans to 1-of-10 on third-down attempts. This is Mathis' third career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in 2008 (Week 13).

In a key AFC West matchup with playoff implications, Seymour blocked two field goals in the Raiders' 16-13 overtime win at Kansas City. Seymour's first block came on the last play of the first half, as the 11-year veteran blocked a 49-yard attempt to preserve a 3-3 tie. His second block came on the final play of regulation as he blocked a potential game-winning 49-yard attempt as time expired, forcing overtime. This is Seymour's second career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2003 (Week Seven) with the Patriots.