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Devonta Freeman, Moore among NFL Players of Week

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  • By Edward Lewis NFL.com
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Winning fantasy playoff matchups for many also came with an honor for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

The Atlanta tailback, who posted 139 rushing yards and three scores on 20 carries in the Falcons' 41-13 blowout win over the 49ers, earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, the league announced Wednesday.

Freeman, who needs just 70 yards to break the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season, added two catches for 16 yards as well.

On the AFC side of things, Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore picked up AFC Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance in a 34-13 win over the New York Jets. Filling in for an injured Ryan Tannehill, Moore was spectacular, throwing for a career-high four touchdowns on just 12-of-18 passing. He piled up 236 passing yards, but did throw an interception.

Defensively, Raiders pass rusher Bruce Irvin's six-tackle, two-sack game landed him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Irvin, who called himself "Robin" to Khalil Mack's "Batman" after the contest, was constantly in Philip Rivers' face in the Raiders' 19-16 win over the Chargers. His consistent pressure was a key reason why San Diego's potential Hall of Fame quarterback was just 17 for 30 for 206 yards, two scores and an interception in the loss.

Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, meanwhile, received a great birthday gift by beating out strong performances from the Cowboys' David Irving and the Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to haul in NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Clinton-Dix had five tackles and two crucial interceptions of Bears quarterback Matt Barkley to help Green Bay move to 8-6 with a 30-27 win over its division rival.

Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in part because of his epic 53-yard, winning field goal in below-freezing temperatures to beat the Chiefs, 19-17. Succop added another field goal and an extra point in the win.

Punter Brad Wing won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week. Just seven days after pinning the Dallas Cowboys inside their own 20-yard line five times, Wing booted seven punts against the Lions for an average of 41 yards. Two were downed inside the 20-yard line and one traveled 57 yards, all helping the Giants stay in the NFC East race with a 17-6 victory over the Lions.

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