New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and Atlanta punter Matt Bosher were chosen as the NFC's top players for Week 16 of the NFL season.
Wilson was the top offensive player for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career, leading the Seahawks to a 35-6 win at Arizona that has the defending Super Bowl champions in position for the top seed in the NFC playoffs. He threw for 339 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 88 yards with a score, leading a Seahawks offense that generated a franchise-record 596 total yards.
Matthews claimed the defensive award for the fourth time in his career, helping the Packers claim a playoff spot in a 20-3 win at Tampa Bay. He notched six tackles, four of which resulted in losses, and 2 1/2 sacks, leading a Green Bay defense that limited the Buccaneers to just 109 total yards.
Bosher picked up the special teams honor after four of his five punts finished inside the 20-yard line in Atlanta's 30-14 win at New Orleans. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt and the Falcons allowed zero punt return yards in the dominating victory that has them a win away from the NFC South title.
Other offensive nominees included Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who had 15 catches for 115 yards in a loss to Washington; San Francisco running back Frank Gore, who had 158 rushing yards with a touchdown in an overtime loss to San Diego; and Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who completed 18-of-20 passes for 218 yards with four touchdowns in a 42-7 romp over Indianapolis.
Defensive consideration went to Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn, who had a sack, an interception, a fumble recovery and three tackles in a victory over St. Louis; and Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had a sack, six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win over the Eagles.
Redskins kicker Kai Forbath was considered for the special teams award after his 26-yard field goal with five seconds to play gave Washington a win over the Eagles.