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Rodgers, Urlacher, Ginn take home Week One NFC awards


The NFL has handed out the hardware for both conferences following an exciting Week One of the 2011 season.

In the NFC, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (to little surprise) is the offensive player of the week. Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the season-christening win over the Saints. He racked up an uncanny 132.1 passer rating.

It’s the third time Rodgers has won the award — and the third time since Week 13 of the 2010 season.

Also nominated for the award were Bears running back Matt Forte, Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Panthers receiver Steve Smith, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

On defense, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (to little surprise) got the nod, thanks to an interception and a 12-yard touchdown after recovering a fumble in a 30-12 filleting of the Falcons. It was Urlacher’s sixth POW award, tying him with Hall of Famer Richard Dent for the most in franchise history.

Other nominees were Eagles defensive end Jason Babin, 49ers linebacker Parys Haralson, Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, Redskins defensive tackle Chris Neild, Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib, Packers linebacker Erik Walden, and Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.

Ted Ginn (to absolutely no surprise) is the special-teams player of the week, thanks to a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 55-punt return for a touchdown that turned a 19-17 fourth-quarter margin into a 33-17 rout.

Also nominated were Packers receiver Randall Cobb, Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, and Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.

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30 Responses to “Rodgers, Urlacher, Ginn take home Week One NFC awards”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2011 1:04 PM

    Didn’t Brees have a better day than Rodgers?

  2. ajknox88 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:07 PM

    NFC North domination pretty much, you could argue Randall Cobb being the Special Teams player

  3. pikindaguy says: Sep 14, 2011 1:14 PM

    “joetoronto says:
    Sep 14, 2011 1:04 PM
    Didn’t Brees have a better day than Rodgers?”

    Except his team lost.

  4. emoney826 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:14 PM

    Didn’t rodgers beat brees? If the packers kept their foot on the saints throat, he would have had a Brady day. Rodgers had 200 plus yards and 3 touchdowns half way through the 2nd quarter.

  5. scoops1 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:16 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 14, 2011 1:04 PM
    Didn’t Brees have a better day than Rodgers?

    how’d that roll out on 4th and inches work out for Brees….

  6. thephantomstranger says: Sep 14, 2011 1:20 PM

    Where did McNabb finish in the voting?

  7. mvp43 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:21 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 14, 2011 1:04 PM
    Didn’t Brees have a better day than Rodgers?

    Brees had more passing yards, but Rodgers had a 77.1 completion % compared to 65.3 ……that’s unreal.

  8. baned0n says: Sep 14, 2011 1:33 PM

    Why weren’t Brady or Welker nominated?

  9. junkmcgrunk says: Sep 14, 2011 1:35 PM

    What about Brady’s 500 yards and 4 TD’s? You would think that would count for “offensive” performance

  10. ishallcomment says: Sep 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    Brees also threw the ball nearly 50 times, giving him oodles more yards,

    but pass for pass, Rodgers was the better QB that day.

  11. junkmcgrunk says: Sep 14, 2011 1:37 PM

    nm im retarded. NFC.

  12. flyboy123456 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:37 PM

    Brees, while outstanding, did not have a better day than Rodgers. Both his completion percentage and his qb rating were lower. In addition, the Saints lost.

  13. flyboy123456 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:38 PM

    I like Urlacher, but doesn’t he paint his toenails?

  14. sakatak says: Sep 14, 2011 1:41 PM

    Did you watch the game?

  15. greymares says: Sep 14, 2011 1:44 PM

    as an Eagle fan i hope they don’t have a guy win this award all year. i want 22 players having a good game, as compared to 1 having a great one

  16. medtxpack says: Sep 14, 2011 1:45 PM


    shouldnt have posted here bro, so ill pile on….

    Brees had more yards but not nearly as accurate or efficient. Rodgers made it happen and the Pack won.

    Brees will have his moments but not as many os Rodgers, hes climbing to fast to the top of the QB rankings…

  17. axespray says: Sep 14, 2011 1:58 PM

    Rodgers converted a ton of 3rd downs, Brees couldn’t get it done on 4th & 1, Goalline, 3rd & 1s, etc.

    Reason Brees had so much yards was cause the Saints were playing Catch up throughout the whole game…

    It’s like saying Schaub or Rivers should be MVPs “cuz look at their yardz man!” even thou’ brady will put up more TDs and actually win some games.

  18. transam7816 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:23 PM


    About Randall Cobb. He only made 1 great play on ST. His other TD was during the offensive domination. Ginn had his 2 big plays on ST. Therefore, you can’t make an argument for Cobb as ST player of the week.

  19. wannabear says: Sep 14, 2011 2:28 PM

    Rodgers is way ahead of the pack. He’s still getting better. Though a bear fan, but Aaron is awesome

  20. thespeaker08 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:36 PM

    Hey Flo,

    I like you posting this. It’s kinda hard to find all the nominees/winners in one central location.

    You should keep this up.

  21. schmitty2 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    Mcnabb didnt get it?? Conspiracy!

  22. rodgerthat says: Sep 14, 2011 3:20 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Where did McNabb finish in the voting?

  23. packerbacker12 says: Sep 14, 2011 3:23 PM

    Brees and Rodgers both had great games but if you watched the game it was pretty clear Rodgers had the much better game. He was consistent throughout the game while Brees failed to keep drives going on numerous occasions.

  24. packerbacker12 says: Sep 14, 2011 3:24 PM

    “Why weren’t Brady or Welker nominated?”

    I have no clue. Maybe because these awards were for the NFC?

  25. depotnator says: Sep 14, 2011 3:59 PM

    Too much time on your hands? Seriously, who cares about the nominees.

  26. dabears7190 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:04 PM

    Well deserved awards for an amazing first week to the season. Welcome back, NFL! We missed you!

  27. m2karateman says: Sep 14, 2011 4:11 PM

    Aqib Talib was nominated for POW on defense in the NFC? For what? He made one play…ONE, that whole game. He was abused by Calvin Johnson for 59 minutes, 54 seconds of a 60 minute game…..and he gets a nomination? What a freakin’ joke!

  28. nikkodawg says: Sep 14, 2011 5:51 PM

    I can’t believe Rodgers beat out Cam Newton! Must be a conspiracy! Says Warren Moon.

  29. nikkodawg says: Sep 14, 2011 5:54 PM

    Didn’t some mediocre LB say Urlacher isn’t even a top ten LB and put himself at 7? How come he didn’t win the award?

  30. robcypher says: Sep 15, 2011 8:58 AM

    Cam Newton should’ve gotten it instead of Aaron Rodgers.

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