Tomlinson, Taylor headline AFC Players of Week
New York, NY (Sports Network) - San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor have been selected as the AFC's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Week 12 of the NFL season.
Tomlinson sparked the Chargers' 23-17 comeback overtime victory at Washington by rushing for 184 yards and three touchdowns, including a 41-yard scoring burst in OT for the game-winning points. The All-Pro back also ripped off a 32-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 17-17 with 1:07 remaining in regulation.
The AFC's second-leading rusher thus far in 2005, Tomlinson also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday. He became only the seventh back in league history to amass 1,000 yards on the ground in each of his first five season.
Tomlinson, who has compiled 1,086 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns in 2005, was named Player of the Week for the second time this season and the sixth for his brilliant career. He also earned the honor for Week 6 after running for 140 yards and producing a rushing, receiving and passing touchdown during a 27-14 win at Oakland.
Taylor became the first player since 2000 to record three sacks and a safety in a single game when he accomplished the feat in Sunday's 33-21 decision over Oakland. The veteran end added six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win.
Bruce Smith was the last to have three sacks and a safety in a game. He did the trick while with the Washington Redskins on November 20, 2000.
Taylor, who also garnered AFC Defensive Player of the Week laurels in Week 12 of both the 2003 and 2004 seasons, won the award for the fifth time in his career.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Derrick Wimbush was recognized as the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Week after taking a kickoff 91 yards for a key touchdown in the team's 24-17 triumph at Arizona. The running back's return is tied for fourth-longest in club history.