For the second time this season, Packers LB Clay Matthews has been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Per the NFL press release:
- Matthews had four tackles, including two for a loss, a sack, two passes defensed and a 62-yard interception-return touchdown in the Packers’ 45-7 win over Dallas.
- He was a key contributor to a defensive unit that held the Cowboys to just 205 total yards of offense (166 passing yards, 39 rushing yards).
- Matthews leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks and is the first player in Packers history to recorded at least 10 sacks in each of his first two NFL seasons. The Packers lead the NFL with 28 sacks.
- The touchdown marked the second of his career (42-yard FR-TD, 10/5/09 at Minnesota).
- In his second year from Southern California, this is Matthews’ third career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 2). He was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
- He joins Charles Woodson (four) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White (three) as the only Packers to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week at least three times.
- 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.
This is the fifth Player of the Week award won by the Packers this season. In addition to Matthews’ other honor, Woodson won in Week 4 while K Mason Crosby (Week 1) and P Tim Masthay (Week 8) were named special teams players of the week previously.
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