Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, Packers linebacker Erik Walden and Seahawks punter Jon Ryan are the NFC players of the week for the final week of the regular season.
The offensive player of the week award goes to Freeman for completing 21 of 26 passes for 255 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, in the Buccaneers’ 23-13 win against the Saints. Freeman has now thrown a touchdown pass in 13 straight games, the longest streak in Buccaneers franchise history. This is Freeman’s second player of the week award; he also won it in Week Five.
Walden gets the NFC defensive player of the week award after his 16-tackle day against the Bears in a 10-3 victory that sent the Packers to the playoffs. Walden, who added two sacks, is the second Packers linebacker to get a player of the week award this season, following Clay Matthews in Week Two and Week Nine.
Ryan helped punt the Seahawks into the playoffs by dropping four of his seven punts at or inside the 10-yard line in the Seahawks’ 16-6 win over the Rams, a win that clinched the NFC West for Seattle. This is Ryan’s first player of the week award.