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Flynn, Lofton, Akers named NFC weekly winners

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, Atlanta linebacker Curtis Lofton and 49ers kicker David Akers have been selected as the NFC's top players for Week 17 of the NFL season.

Flynn, starting in place of a resting Aaron Rodgers with the Packers having already locked up the top overall seed in the NFC playoffs, didn't allow the Green Bay offense to miss a beat in a 45-41 win over Detroit. He completed 31-of-44 passes for 480 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, setting franchise records for passing yards and touchdowns.

Only Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle (1962), Joe Namath (1972) and Joe Montana (1990) had previously thrown for at least 475 yards and six scores in the same game. Rodgers had won the offensive award three times earlier this season.

Lofton recorded 14 tackles and returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown in Atlanta's 45-24 win over Tampa Bay to earn the defensive award. He finished the season leading the Falcons in a tackles for the third year in a row.

Akers notched the special teams honor for the second straight week. He connected on a pair of field goals and four PATs, while also throwing a TD pass on a fake field goal in a 34-27 win at St. Louis.

Others considered for the offensive award included Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who threw for 346 yards with three touchdowns in a 31-14 win over the Cowboys; Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had nine receptions for 149 yards in a 23-20 overtime win against Seattle; and Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw for 520 yards with five scores and two interceptions in the loss to Green Bay.

Defensive consideration went to Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen, who had 3 1/2 sacks in a 17-13 loss to Chicago, and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who posted six tackles and returned an interception 22 yards for a score.

Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe was also nominated for the special teams award after averaging 46.0 yards per punt against the Bears.