Green Bay's LB Clay Matthews Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week RB JASON SNELLING of Falcons, LB CLAY MATTHEWS of Packers, kicker GARRETT HARTLEY of Saints are NFC Offensive, Defensive & Special Teams Players Of the
Week for games played the second week of season
News-Sports.net - Sep 23,2010 - Running back JASON SNELLING of the Atlanta Falcons, linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS of the Green Bay Packers and kicker GARRETT HARTLEY of the New Orleans Saints are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the second week of the 2010 season (September 19-20), the NFL announced
OFFENSE: RB JASON SNELLING, ATLANTA FALCONS Snelling totaled a career-high 186 scrimmage yards and scored three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 41-7 win over Arizona. The running back rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns and added five catches for 57 yards and another TD. He is the second player in franchise history (WILLIAM ANDREWS, 1983) to record at least 125 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in a single game. In the second quarter, Snelling caught a 19-yard touchdown pass and scored on a one-yard TD run. It marked the first time since 2001 that a Falcon scored touchdowns by rushing and receiving in the same quarter (MAURICE SMITH). In his fourth season from Virginia, this is Snelling’s first career Player of the Week Award. He is the fifth Falcons running back to be named Offensive Player of the Week, joining GERALD RIGGS (four times), JAMAL ANDERSON (three), MICHAEL TURNER (three) and WARRICK DUNN (one).
DEFENSE: LB CLAY MATTHEWS, GREEN BAY PACKERS had five tackles and three sacks in the Packers’ 34-7 win over Buffalo. Four of his five tackles were for a loss. Matthews, who also had three sacks in Week 1, is the first player in franchise history to record at least three sacks in back-to-back games. He is one of only six players with at least six sacks in the first two games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. In his second year from Southern California, this is Matthews’ second career Player of the Week Award (Week 13, 2009). His father, CLAY MATTHEWS, was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in his career with the Cleveland Browns (Week 12, 1984 and Week 9, 1991). They are the only father and son to win Player of the Week Awards.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K GARRETT HARTLEY, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Hartley converted all three field-goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired, in the Saints’ 25-22 win at San Francisco. Despite windy conditions, Hartley made field goals of 46, 19 and 37 yards and added two PATs. His 37-yarder as time expired gave the Saints a 25-22 victory and helped the defending Super Bowl champions improve to 2-0. In his third season from Oklahoma, this is Hartley’s first career Player of the Week Award. He is the fourth Saints kicker to be named Special Teams Player of the Week, joining JOHN CARNEY (four times), MORTEN ANDERSEN (two) and DOUG BRIEN (two).
2010 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense: RB Matt Forté, Chicago,Defense: S Adrian Wilson, Arizona, Special Teams: K Mason Crosby, Green Bay
Week 2 Offense: RB Jason Snelling, Atlanta,Defense: LB Clay