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Le'Veon Bell, Rodgers among NFL Players of the Week

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  • By Quang M. Lam
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There were plenty of outstanding performances in Week 14, but a running back in Pittsburgh and a veteran quarterback in Green Bay were particularly impressive, leading their teams to crucial victories in the race to make the postseason.

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday morning. Bell ran for a franchise-record 236 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 27-20 victory over Buffalo. The Michigan State product also added four catches for 62 yards, which was all the more impressive given the snowy weather in upstate New York.

"It was never a thing that bothered me, being cold or if there's snow. It never fazed me," Bell said after the game.

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Atkins made five tackles to go along with two sacks to help Cincinnati keep Cleveland winless, 23-10.

The AFC Special Teams Player of the Week was the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill. The speedster scored twice in Kansas City's 21-13 victory over Oakland, scorching the Raiders for a 36-yard TD reception and bringing back a punt 78 yards for another score. 

In the NFC, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Rodgers threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's 38-10 victory over Seattle. It was the Packers' third straight win and kept Green Bay (7-6) in playoff contention.

"Aaron's a great player. Frankly, he spoils us all," coach Mike McCarthy said after the game.

Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Beasley terrorized the Rams on Sunday, sacking Jared Goff three times, forcing a fumble and returning it for a score in Atlanta's 42-14 rout.

The NFC Special Teams Player of the Week was Giants punter Brad Wing. The third-year pro punted nine times, averaging 42.9 yards per punt. He pinned the Cowboys inside their 20-yard-line five times, which helped New York hold Dallas to just seven points.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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