Manning Nominated for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week
The Broncos’ convincing 38-3 win over the Chiefs in Sunday’s regular-season finale yielded a pair of weekly award nominations for the Broncos.
Quarterback Peyton Manning is up for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week after completing 23-of-29 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns with a QB rating of 144.8 in just three quarters of work in the win. The 144.8 rating is the highest by an AFC passer this season.
Manning is up against his brother, Eli, who passed for 208 yards and five touchdowns in the Giants’ 42-7 win, and Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota’s Week 17 victory.
This marks the fifth time in 2012 — and second in the past two weeks — that Manning has been nominated for the weekly award.
Watch Manning’s postgame press conference here.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from today through 1 p.m. MST on Wednesday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Wednesday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program and its commitment to small business owners, FedEx will support education efforts at Junior Achievement by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Junior Achievement area offices in that team’s city or state, is used to help U.S. small business development, by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own businesses.
Team Nominated for GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week
Entering halftime of Denver’s Week 6 contest at San Diego, the 2-3 Broncos faced a 24-point deficit to the Chargers, who were looking to open a a two-game lead in the division.
From that point on, the Broncos outscored their opponents 346-151, a 195-point differential, on their way to 11 straight wins to finish the season as the AFC’s top seed.
That comeback is up for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the week. Fans can vote for the award at NFL.com/gmc until Wednesday at 1 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced Wednesday during NFL Network’s “Around the League” show and then posted on NFL.com.
After the regular season, fans will have a chance to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year, from among the 17 weekly winners. Fans can vote for the winner and enter for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January.