=== Foles, McClellin headline NFC's best for Week 9 ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles,
Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin and Seattle punt returner Golden
Tate were named the NFC's top players for Week 9 of the NFL season.
Foles tied an NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes in the
Eagles' 49-20 win against Oakland to earn the offensive award. He completed
22-of-28 passes for 406 yards and didn't throw an interception, joining Hall
of Famer Y.A. Tittle and Peyton Manning as the only players to throw for seven
scores without a pick. Manning did it in Week 1 this season.
Despite starting only three games this season, Foles has been honored with a
weekly award twice. He also picked up the prize in Week 6.
McClellin was selected as the defensive winner after posting five tackles and
three sacks in a 27-20 win over Green Bay. He also knocked Packers quarterback
Aaron Rodgers out of the game on the first series of the contest with a sack
that fractured the former MVP's left collarbone. His last sack sealed the win
on the final play of the game.
Tate returned three punts for 92 yards in a 27-24 overtime win against Tampa
Bay to claim the special teams award. His 71-yard punt return in the third
quarter led to a field goal that cut the Seahawks' deficit to seven points and
his return to the Seattle 40 in overtime set up the winning field goal.
Other offensive nominees included Washington receiver Pierre Garcon, who had
seven catches for 172 yards in a 30-24 overtime win against San Diego; Green
Bay running back Eddie Lacy, who ran for 150 yards with a touchdown in the
loss to the Bears; and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, who ran for 140 yards with
a score in a 27-23 loss to Dallas.
Defensive consideration went to Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, who had
eight tackles with an interception in a 34-10 win over Atlanta; and Seattle
safety Earl Thomas, who racked up a career-high 12 tackles against Tampa Bay.
Green Bay linebacker Jamari Lattimore was nominated for the special teams
award after a blocked punt led to a touchdown against the Bears.
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