Eagles' Dawkins takes NFC weekly honor

Dec. 20, 2006 at 1:20 PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Philadelphia safety Brian Dawkins was selected the NFC defensive player of the week for his play against the New York Giants.

Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman took the conference's offensive player of the week award while St. Louis punter Matt Turk was the NFC's special teams player of the week.

Dawkins had a game-high 12 tackles, forced two fumbles and intercepted a pass as the Eagles kept their playoff hopes going with a 36-22 victory over the Giants. It is Dawkins' second player of the week honor but comes more than four years after he first won in the fourth week of the 2002 season.

Grossman completed 29 of 44 passes for 339 yards in pacing the Bears to a 34-31 overtime win over Tampa Bay. The victory allowed Chicago to lock up home field advantage through the playoffs.

Turk averaged 49.8 yards over his five punts last week, pinning Oakland deep in its own territory as the Rams won 20-0. One of Turk's punts traveled 74 yards, the longest by a Rams player since Bob Waterfield kicked an 88-yarder in 1948.

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