The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16. This marks the fourth time he has earned the award in his career (Week 7 in 2005, Week 13 in 2008, Week 16 in 2011).
In the Colts 18-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Mathis totaled five tackles (four solo) and 2.0 sacks. He recorded his first sack in the second quarter when he brought down Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for an eight-yard loss on third down and forced Miami to punt. Down 18-12 with 40 seconds left in the game, the Dolphins possessed the ball with first-and-goal from the Colts five-yard line. After three consecutive incompletions, Mathis sealed the victory for Indianapolis when he sacked Tannehill on fourth down to record his 29th career multiple-sack game, which extends a franchise record.
Mathis is the fourth Colts player to earn Player of the Week honors this season and the third defensive player. Safety Mike Adams (Week 5) and cornerback Darius Butler (Week 9) were each named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, while punter Pat McAfee (Week 3) earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Last month, kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
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