Brees, Pierre-Paul, Akers named NFC players of week

Posted Dec. 28, 2011 @ 2:26 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Saints QB Drew Brees, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul and 49ers PK David Akers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for Week 16.

Brees threw for 307 yards and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (5,084 in 1984) for the most passing yards in a single season in NFL history with 5,087. The Saints defeated Atlanta 45-16 and clinched the NFC South division with the victory. He had four touchdown passes and reached the yardage milestone on a nine-yard TD pass to Darren Sproles in the fourth quarter.This is Brees' 15th career Player of the Week Award and third this season (Weeks Seven and 12).

Pierre-Paul had two sacks and five tackles in the Giants' 29-14 win over the Jets. Four of his five tackles were either within one yard of the line of scrimmage or behind it. He was part of a defensive unit that recorded five sacks and three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) while allowing 3.7 yards per play. This is Pierre-Paul's second career Player of the Week Award (Week 14). He is the first Giant to be named Defensive Player of the Week two times in a three-week span of a season since Michael Strahan in 2001 (Weeks Three and Five).

Akers made four field goals (53, 29, 44 and 39 yards), including the game-winner, and scored 13 points in the 49ers' 19-17 win at Seattle. He has made 42 field goals this season and passed Neil Rackers (40 in 2005) for the most field goals in a single season in NFL history. His 39-yard field goal with 2:57 remaining in the game put the 49ers ahead for good as San Francisco improved to 12-3 on the year. This is Akers' seventh career Player of the Week Award and first since 2005 (Week 12 with Philadelphia).