Ravens Rice Nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week

Fresh off his 153 yards rushing, 80 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the Baltimore Ravens 30-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints, RB Ray Rice is now up for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award. In addition to receiving the more prestigious Sprint 'Game Ball of the Week' award, bestowed upon Rice by Baltimore Beatdown, this nomination only adds to his resume after a gritty and gutsy effort this past Sunday.

See his nomination below and the full story from the NFL on the weekly nominations after the 'Jump.'

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
Indianapolis Colts RB DONALD BROWN rushed 14 times for 129 yards including one 49-yard run and a 43-yard touchdown in the Colts’ 34-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kansas City Chiefs RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed 11 times for one touchdown and 126 yards including a late 80-yard burst to help secure the Chiefs’ 27 -13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Baltimore Ravens RB RAY RICErushed for 153 yards and one touchdown carrying the ball 31 times in the Ravens’ 30 – 24 win over the New Orleans Saints.  Rice also added 80 yards receiving including a 17-yard touchdown reception. 

NFL ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HONORS
Fans To Track Accomplishments, Vote For Winners On NFL.com
FedEx Delivers Pedestrian Safety Improvements
On Behalf of Winning Players In Their Teams’ Markets
  
Quarterbacks PHILIP RIVERS of the San Diego Chargers, DREW STANTON of the Detroit Lions and MICHAEL VICK of the Philadelphia Eagles are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on December 16-20, while running backs DONALD BROWN of the Indianapolis Colts, JAMAAL CHARLES of the Kansas City Chiefs and RAY RICE of the Baltimore Ravens are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, the NFL announced today.
 
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.  New this year, fans will be able to keep tabs on the achievements of their favorite Air & Ground players (and others) with the NFL Milestone Tracker, presented by FedEx.
 
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and safety signs to traffic barriers and educational training.
 
A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:
San Diego Chargers QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 19 of 25 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ 34 – 7 win over the San Francisco 49ers on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.
Detroit Lions QB DREW STANTON led the Lions to their first win on the road since 2007 completing 23 of 37 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown in the Lions’ 23 – 20 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Philadelphia Eagles QB MICHAEL VICK completed 21 of 35 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the air with one interception and added one touchdown on the ground in the Eagles’ 38-31 win over the New York Giants.


A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
Indianapolis Colts RB DONALD BROWN rushed 14 times for 129 yards including one 49-yard run and a 43-yard touchdown in the Colts’ 34-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kansas City Chiefs RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed 11 times for one touchdown and 126 yards including a late 80-yard burst to help secure the Chiefs’ 27 -13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Baltimore Ravens RB RAY RICE rushed for 153 yards and one touchdown carrying the ball 31 times in the Ravens’ 30 – 24 win over the New Orleans Saints.  Rice also added 80 yards receiving including a 17-yard touchdown reception.
 
As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance among the league’s top-performing quarterbacks and running backs. Because FedEx has thousands of delivery trucks out on the roads each day, the company is committed to funding pedestrian safety improvements in local communities, donating more than $13 million to  Safe Kids Worldwide since 2000. Follow FedEx on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @FedExDelivers and track the conversation at #FedExNFL.
 
NFL ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF WEEK HONORS
 
Fans To Vote For Winner On NFL.com 
Running back LeGARRETTE BLOUNT of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback JIMMY CLAUSEN of the Carolina Panthers, tight end AARON HERNANDEZ of the New England Patriots, safety KENDRICK LEWIS of the Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker ARTHUR MOATS of the Buffalo Bills are the finalists for PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on December 16-20, the NFL announced today. 
 
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 am ET and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK.  The PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com/rookies.
 
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors.  Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January.  The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLV in North Texas.
 
A closer look at the finalists:
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGARRETTE BLOUNT rushed 15 times for 110 yards and one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 23-20 loss to the Detroit Lions.
 
Carolina Panthers QB JIMMY CLAUSEN led the Panthers to a 19-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals completing 13 of 19 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown.
 
New England Patriots TE AARON HERNANDEZ had four receptions for 31 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 31 – 27 win over the Green Bay Packers.
 
Kansas City Chiefs S KENDRICK LEWIS had two interceptions in the Chiefs’ 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
 
Buffalo Bills LB ARTHUR MOATS posted 1.5 sacks and six tackles including one for a loss and two quarterback hits in the Bills’ 17-14 win over the Miami Dolphins. Moats’ sack in the second quarter against Miami came on third down and forced a Miami punt leading to a Bills’ drive ending in a field goal.
 
This is Pepsi’s ninth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the ninth year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
 
NFL ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK
 
Fans To Vote For Winner On NFL.com
Philadelphia WR DeSEAN JACKSON seals the Eagles’ miracle comeback. New England Patriots G DAN CONNOLLY returns momentum to the Patriots. Detroit Lions RB MAURICE MORRIS comes up big to end Lions’ road streak. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on December 16-20, the NFL announced today.  The GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance.   Fans may vote for one of these three moments on NFL.com/gmc beginning immediately following Monday Night Football and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK.  The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s "Around the League" show and then posted on NFL.com.
 
After the regular season, fans will have a chance to determine the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE YEAR from among the 17 weekly winners.  Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January. 
 
A closer look at the nominees:
 
Jackson seals Eagles’ miracle comeback
After trailing 31-10 to the New York Giants with 7:28 remaining, the Philadelphia Eagles fought back and tied the game, which seemed destined for overtime. But WR DeSEAN JACKSON would have none of it. Hobbled by a foot injury all week, Jackson returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game, giving the Eagles an improbable victory.
 
Connolly returns momentum to Patriots
In need of a spark after falling behind by 10 points, the New England Patriots received one from 313-pound guard DAN CONNOLLY. With just over two minutes to play in the first half, the practice-squad regular cradled a squib kick and motored 71 yards for the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman in NFL history. Three plays later, the Patriots scored to take momentum into the half.
 
Morris comes up big to end Lions’ road streak
Without a victory on the road in more than three years, the Lions can now exhale. Lions RB MAURICE MORRIS rushed for 35 of his 109 yards on Detroit’s opening drive of overtime to help set up K DAVE RAYNER‘s winning field goal, giving the Lions a victory over playoff-contending Tampa Bay and ending their NFL-record for consecutive road losses at 26. 
 
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