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AFC Players of the Week: Week 12

Three Baltimore Ravens, one in each of the three categories were nominated for the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams' Players of the Week for week 12, but none were given the final award. See below for full details:

PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY, TEXANS CB GLOVER QUIN & JETS KR-WR BRAD SMITH NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12
 
Quarterback TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, cornerback GLOVER QUIN of the Houston Texans and kick returner-wide receiver BRAD SMITH of the New York Jets are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2010 season (November 25, 28-29), the NFL announced today.
 
OFFENSE:  QB TOM BRADY, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
On Thanksgiving Day, Brady completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 341 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the Patriots’ 45-24 win at Detroit.
Brady became the first player in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in the second half of a Thanksgiving Day game.  He also is the first Patriot with four touchdown passes in the second half of a game.
Recorded his 13th career game with four or more touchdown passes, and the Patriots are 13-0 in such games.
Brady has now gone six straight starts without an interception, tying the franchise record for most consecutive starts without an interception (TONY EASON in 1986).
Registered his second 300-yard game of the season (350, 341) and his 32nd 300-yard game of his career.  Club has 28-4 (.875) record in such games.
In his 11th season from Michigan, this is Brady’s 16th career Player of the Week Award.  He most recently won the award in Week 16 of 2009.  He is the first Patriot to win Offensive Player of the Week this season. 
 
DEFENSE: CB GLOVER QUIN, HOUSTON TEXANS
Quin registered three tackles and a franchise-record three interceptions in the Texans’ 20-0 win against Tennessee.
He joined Redskins cornerback DE ANGELO HALL (four at Chicago on October 24, 2010) as the only players this season to have at least three interceptions in a game.
Quin recorded his first career interception in the second quarter.
He helped the Texans defense hold Tennessee to 162 total yards, the second-fewest yards allowed in franchise history (126 yards at Jacksonville on December 26, 2004).
·         In his second year from New Mexico, this is Quin’s first career Player of the Week Award. 
·         He joins AARON GLENN (2002) as only the second Texans cornerback ever to win Defensive Player of the Week.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-WR BRAD SMITH, NEW YORK JETS
On Thanksgiving night, Smith totaled 200 yards (122 kickoff return, 55 rushing, 23 receiving), including an 89-yard kickoff return-touchdown and a 53-yard rushing touchdown in the Jets’ 26-10 win against Cincinnati.
Smith became only the fourth player in NFL history to score on a rushing play of 50+ yards and on a kickoff return in the same game.
Smith’s 89-yard KR-TD was the second-longest kickoff return of his career (106 yards, at Indianapolis on December 27, 2009).
Through Week 12, Smith leads the NFL with a 29.2 kick return average.
In his fifth season from Missouri, this is Smith’s second career Player of the Week Award.  He previously won the award in Week 16 of 2009.

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 12:
·         Miami wide receiver DAVONE BESS, who had six catches for 111 yards (18.5 average) in a 33-17 win at Oakland.
·         Kansas City wide receiver DWAYNE BOWE, who had 13 receptions for 170 receiving yards (13.1 average) with three touchdowns in a 42-24 win at Seattle.
·         Kansas City quarterback MATT CASSEL, who completed 22 of 32 passes (68.8 percent) for 233 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 129.3 passer rating.
·         Kansas City running back JAMAAL CHARLES, who rushed for 173 yards on 22 attempts (7.9 average) with one touchdown.
·         Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO, who completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 percent) for 289 yards with two touchdowns versus one interception and a 103.2 passer rating in a 17-10 win against Tampa Bay.
·         Houston running back ARIAN FOSTER, who rushed for 143 yards on 30 attempts (4.8 average) and had nine receptions for 75 receiving yards.
·         Cleveland running back PEYTON HILLIS, who had 131 rush yards on 26 attempts (5.0 average) with three touchdowns in a 24-23 win against Carolina.
·         Pittsburgh running back RASHARD MENDENHALL, who rushed for 151 yards on 36 attempts (4.2 average) with one rushing touchdown in a 19-16 overtime win at Buffalo.
 
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 12:
Baltimore linebacker JARRET JOHNSON, who posted 10 tackles.
New England rookie cornerback DEVIN MC COURTY, who had four tackles and a career-best two interceptions.
Pittsburgh safety TROY POLAMALU, who had four tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Buffalo defensive tackle KYLE WILLIAMS, who tied a career-best in tackles (10) and sacks (2).
 
Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 12:
Baltimore kicker BILLY CUNDIFF, who made his lone field goal of 45 yards and registered two touchbacks.
Pittsburgh kicker SHAUN SUISHAM, who made all four field goal attempts (45, 46, 48, 41).

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