OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adrian Peterson / RB / Minnesota Vikings
Peterson didn’t even have a carry in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s loss at Green Bay and he still totaled the most rushing yards he has had in a game since he set the single-game rushing record with 296 yards as a rookie in 2007. He rushed 21 times for 210 yards, including a career-long 82-yard TD run in the second quarter, giving the Vikings a 14-10 lead. It was the last time Minnesota scored, though. After his tremendous performance, Peterson said Sunday’s game didn’t feel like a standard loss. “As we walked into the tunnel, (Vikings DE) Everson Griffen was behind me talking. He was like ‘Why did it feel like we won? But we’re leaving here with a loss,’” Peterson said. “That’s the type of feeling it was.” Peterson is on pace for a career-high 1,928 rushing yards in his sixth — and certainly most remarkable — season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
William Moore / S / Atlanta Falcons
Moore, part of the defense that snapped Drew Brees’ record streak for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 54, wanted to give credit where it was due after Atlanta’s Thursday-night win. “I give all the credit to coach (Mike) Nolan for his excellent game plan tonight,” Moore said. “He’s a heck of a defensive coordinator, and it was on full display in this game.” With no Coordinator of the Week award, we’re recognizing Moore for his standout showing in a win that helped the Falcons clinch the NFC South title. He accounted for two of the career-high five interceptions thrown by Brees and also made a team-high 11 tackles (nine solo), including two for loss. His second interception sealed Atlanta’s win on the first play after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Greg Zuerlein / PK / St. Louis Rams
The Rams pushed the NFC West-leading 49ers to overtime for the second time in four weeks, and, after the two teams battled to a tie in Week 10, Zuerlein’s kicks helped the Rams pull off the upset Sunday. After missing a 58-yarder on his first field-goal attempt, the rookie placekicker made a 53-yarder at the end of regulation, tying the game at 13. Head coach Jeff Fisher turned to Zuerlein again with 30 seconds left in overtime on 4th-and-1 from San Francisco’s 37-yard line. His 54-yard kick was right down the middle with distance to spare, and the Rams had their signature victory of the season. “I was just trying to make the kick and not think about anything,” Zuerlein said. “I was pretty relieved.” A winning season is within reach for the 5-6-1 Rams, who have not had one of those since 2003.