Flynn, Lofton, Akers named NFC Players of the Week

Posted Jan. 04, 2012 @ 3:37 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Packers QB Matt Flynn, Falcons LB Curtis Lofton and 49ers PK David Akers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for Week 17.

Flynn completed 31-of-44 passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns for a 136.4 passer rating in Green Bay's 45-41 win over Detroit. He set single-game franchise records for passing yards (480) and touchdowns (six) and became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to pass for at least six touchdowns in one of his first two career starts. Flynn joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino and Kurt Warner as the only quarterbacks since 1970 to pass for at least three touchdowns in each of his first two career starts. This is Flynn's first such award of the season, and the league-leading fourth time a Packers' signalcaller has received the award in 2011. Green Bay also is the sixth team in NFL history with at least five touchdown passes in consecutive games, and the first in league history to ever accomplish that feat with a different quarterback in each game.

Lofton compiled 14 tackles and one interception return for a touchdown in Atlanta's 45-24 win over Tampa Bay. His 26-yard interception return to the house marked his third career interception, and his first ever interception return for a touchdown. He led the team with his 14 tackles, and in so doing, secured his third consecutive season as the team's leading tackler. Nine of Lofton's 14 tackles were either within five yards of the line of scrimmage or behind it. In his fourth season out of Oklahoma, this is Lofton's first career Player of the Week Award, and marks the Falcons' second Defensive Player of the Week Award in the past three weeks (John Abraham won it in Week 15).

Akers made two field goals, four point-after tries and tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass in San Francisco's 34-27 win at St. Louis. His highlight came in the third quarter, when with the 49ers already leading by 10, they lined up for a field-goal attempt, only to have Akers toss the ball to Michael Crabtree for a touchdown. It was the first touchdown pass of Akers' 205-game NFL career, as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith as the only players in NFL history to throw their first career touchdown pass after playing at least 200 games in the league. With his fine performance, Akers passed Gary Anderson as the NFL record-holder for most kicking points in a single season with 166. In his 13th season out of Louisville, this is Akers' ninth career and second consecutive Player of the Week Award. He is the first player to win consecutive Special Teams Player of the Week Awards in the same season since Chicago's Devin Hester did it in 2006.