NFC November awards go to Matt Ryan, David Akers

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a nearly flawless November, with seven touchdown passes and no interceptions while leading Atlanta to a 4-0 record, so it’s no surprise that he’s been named the NFC offensive player of the month.

Ryan led the Falcons on game-winning drives in the final minute of wins over the Ravens and Packers, and he had three different games with passer ratings over 100. It’s Ryan’s first career player of the month award, and he’s the third quarterback in franchise history to win the award, joining David Archer and Chris Chandler. (You would have guessed Michael Vick and Steve Bartkowski, right?)

Joining Ryan in earning a November player of the month honor is Eagles kicker David Akers, who received the special teams award after leading the NFL with 13 field goals (out of 14 attempts) in the month. Akers also went 13-for-13 on extra points and had seven touchbacks.

The honor was Akers’ fourth player of the month award, tying him with Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb for the most in franchise history.

As we previously noted, Bears defensive end Julius Peppers received the defensive award.