Russell Wilson tops Week 12 Players of the Week


The Seattle Seahawks reclaimed their rightful spot in the playoff picture this week after Russell Wilson helped lead a 39-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wilson's best game of the season earned him the Week 12 Offensive Player of the Week award in the NFC.

The Seahawks' signal-caller compiled 345 passing yards on 21-of-30 passing, a career-high five touchdown passes and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 147.9.

The Steelers forced Wilson to try and beat them from the pocket and he complied, hitting his receivers in stride with pinpoint accuracy. It's the best Wilson has played from the pocket in his career.

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Wilson's five TDs tied a Seahawks franchise record (Dave Krieg, Matt Hasselbeck, Warren Moon) and Sunday marked the 20th time in his career that Wilson threw multiple touchdown passes without an interception in a game, the most by any player in his first four NFL seasons since the 1970 merger.

The touchdown barrage provided Wilson the first back-to-back games with three-plus touchdown passes in his career. Oddly, the win over Pittsburgh was Wilson's first victory over a team that scored 25-plus points. Entering Week 12, Wilson was 0-12 when his opponent scores 25-plus points, including playoffs.

Oh, and he did it all on his 27th birthday. Consider the POW award a belated present.

The rest of this week's winners:


Panthers LB Luke Kuechly: Kuechly intercepted Tony Romo twice -- including a 49-yard pick-six -- on back-to-back plays to put the Thanksgiving tilt to rest early. The NFL's top middle linebacker gobbled up seven tackles to go along with his snags. Kuechly's 10 INT since entering NFL in 2012 are the most by a linebacker in the NFL. Along with Josh Norman, the tackling machine is one of the biggest reasons the Panthers' D is rolling at 11-0.

Lions punter Sam Martin: The booter helped the Lions blow out the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving. His four punts netted 181 yards and allowed the Eagles to earn just three return yards total. Martin added eight touchbacks in kickoff duty.


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson: Finally healthy, Anderson looked like the back who bulldozed opponents down the stretch last season. The Broncos' back compiled 113 rushing and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score to beat the previously undefeated Patriots. Anderson displayed some jaw-dropping jump cuts and repeatedly beat New England defenders to the edge on the snowy turf. Sunday night marked Anderson's first career game with 100-plus rushing yards and multiple rushing TDs. FYI: Week 12 marked the start of Anderson's 2014 hot streak (22.3 rush YPG in Weeks 1-11, 108.0 YPG in Weeks 12-17). We could be in for some more lightning strikes in Denver.

Bengals CB Leon Hall: The corner picked off a wayward Nick Foles pass and strolled 19 yards for the touchdown that essentially ended a laugher in Cincinnati. The pick-six was the third of Hall's career. The corner added six tackles as the Bengals' defense shut down the Rams, with three takeaways and a sack.

Ravens safety Will Hill: Hill's miraculous "kick-six" ended an entertaining Monday Night Football game. The safety returned Brent Urban's block of Travis Coons' 51-yard field goal attempt and ran it back 64 yards for a TD with 0:00 remaining. It became the first game in NFL history to end on a game-winning blocked FG return for TD with no time left in the fourth quarter at least since 1983 (as far back as we can check). The Ravens have blocked kicks in five straight games.