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             === Falcons QB Ryan highlights NFC weekly winners ===
 New York, NY (Sports Network) - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Chicago
 Bears  defensive end  Julius Peppers  and Seattle  Seahawks defensive  end Red
 Bryant were named the NFC's top Week 16 performers.
 Ryan earned the offensive honor after completing 25-of-32 passes for 279 yards
 and  four  touchdowns for a  142.6 passer rating in  the Falcons' 31-18 win at
 Detroit.  Atlanta clinched  home-field advantage  throughout the  NFC playoffs
 with the victory.
 Peppers  received  defensive honors  after  recording  three sacks,  a  forced
 fumble,  five tackles and  a pass defensed in the Bears' 28-13 win at Arizona.
 It marked his ninth career game with at least three sacks.
 The  special  teams award  went to Bryant,  who blocked a  field goal that was
 returned  for a  touchdown  in the  Seahawks' 42-13  win  over San  Francisco.
 Richard  Sherman returned the blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown, the
 third-longest such return in NFL history.
 With  the victory,  Seattle clinched a playoff berth and remains in contention
 for the NFC West division title.
 12/27 13:52:39 ET