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Foles, McClellin headline NFC's best for Week 9

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11/6/2013 2:02:26 PM
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New York, NY - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin and Seattle punt returner Golden Tate were named the NFC's top players for Week 9 of the NFL season.

Foles tied an NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes in the Eagles' 49-20 win against Oakland to earn the offensive award. He completed 22-of-28 passes for 406 yards and didn't throw an interception, joining Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle and Peyton Manning as the only players to throw for seven scores without a pick. Manning did it in Week 1 this season.

Despite starting only three games this season, Foles has been honoured with a weekly award twice. He also picked up the prize in Week 6.

McClellin was selected as the defensive winner after posting five tackles and three sacks in a 27-20 win over Green Bay. He also knocked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of the game on the first series of the contest with a sack that fractured the former MVP's left collarbone. His last sack sealed the win on the final play of the game.

Tate returned three punts for 92 yards in a 27-24 overtime win against Tampa Bay to claim the special teams award. His 71-yard punt return in the third quarter led to a field goal that cut the Seahawks' deficit to seven points and his return to the Seattle 40 in overtime set up the winning field goal.

Other offensive nominees included Washington receiver Pierre Garcon, who had seven catches for 172 yards in a 30-24 overtime win against San Diego; Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, who ran for 150 yards with a touchdown in the loss to the Bears; and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, who ran for 140 yards with a score in a 27-23 loss to Dallas.

Defensive consideration went to Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, who had eight tackles with an interception in a 34-10 win over Atlanta; and Seattle safety Earl Thomas, who racked up a career-high 12 tackles against Tampa Bay.

Green Bay linebacker Jamari Lattimore was nominated for the special teams award after a blocked punt led to a touchdown against the Bears.

Nick Foles (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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