The two MVP and Comeback Player of the Year candidates were named players of the month in their respective conferences.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and Broncos QB Peyton Manning were named the NFC and AFC Offensive Players of the Month, respectively, for December.
Peterson rushed for 874 yards in December, with the Vikings winning their last four games to make the playoffs. He averaged 174.8 rushing yards a game and had five touchdowns in the month, finishing just short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season record for rushing yards.
Manning threw for 300 yards in three of the five games in December, as Denver went 5-0 to end the season and get the No. 1 seed in the AFC. He threw 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Joining Peterson in the NFC monthly honors were Redskins LB London Fletcher and Vikings PK Blair Walsh.
Playing hurt, Fletcher racked up 51 tackles in five games in December (all wins for Washington), two sacks, four passes defensed and three interceptions.
Walsh, a rookie, made 11-of-12 field-goal attempts in December, including a game-winner in the season finale to send Minnesota to the playoffs.
Texans DE J.J. Watt and Bengals PK Josh Brown were named the AFC’s Defensive and special-teams players of the month for December.
Watt had 27 tackles, six sacks, three passes defensed and four forced fumbles in December. In four games, Brown made 11-of-12 field goals after joining the Bengals to replace Mike Nugent. Brown hit the game-winner in Week 16 to vault the Bengals into the playoffs in a win over the Steelers.