Los Angeles Chargers' Philip Rivers tabbed as AFC Offensive Player of Week

By The Sports Xchange  |  Jan. 3, 2018 at 10:28 AM
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced on Wednesday.

Rivers completed 28 of 37 passes for 387 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers' 30-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. While the 14-year veteran put forth a dominant performance, the Chargers did not receive the help they needed to squeeze into the playoffs.

Tennessee safety Kevin Byard earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording two interceptions in the Titans' 15-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Byard's second interception came with 10 seconds remaining in the game to send Tennessee into the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver/kick returner JuJu Smith-Schuster captured AFC Special Teams Player of the Week laurels after the rookie broke free on a 96-yard kick return in the fourth quarter of the team's 28-24 win over the Cleveland Browns. Smith-Schuster also reeled in nine passes for 143 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after his 39-yard touchdown reception with nine seconds left lifted his team to a 31-24 triumph over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering three sacks and five quarterback hits in his club's 35-11 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making all five field-goal attempts -- including a 56-yarder -- in the team's 22-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

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