Bledsoe Player of the Week

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive tackle Bryant Young of the San Francisco 49ers and kicker John Carney of the New Orleans Saints are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played on NFL Kickoff 2005 Weekend, the NFL announced today.

OFFENSE: QB DREW BLEDSOE, DALLAS COWBOYS
* Bledsoe helped ensure his debut with the Cowboys would be a victorious one, completing 18 of 24 attempts for 226 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 28-24 road-win against the San Diego Chargers. Bledsoe became the 10th player in NFL history with 40,000 passing yards, as his 226 yards brought his career total to 40,034. Bledsoe's 143.4 passer rating was a Week 1 NFC-high and his best since posting a 144.4 rating on September 14, 2003 versus Jacksonville.

In his 13th season from Washington State, this is Bledsoe's eighth career Player of the Week Award.

DEFENSE: DT BRYANT YOUNG, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
* Young led the way defensively for the 49ers in an exciting 28-25 win over the NFC West-rival St. Louis Rams at Monster Park. The four-time Pro Bowler totaled four tackles and a Kickoff Weekend-best 3.0 sacks, resulting in losses of 20 yards. Young's three-sack effort tied a career high and was his 18th career multiple sack game. The last 49er to post 3.0 sacks was CHRIS DOLEMAN on November 8, 1998 (3.5) against Carolina while the last time a 49er posted 3.0 sacks in Week 1 was JEFF STOVER in 1986.

In his 12th season from Notre Dame, this is Young's third career Player of the Week Award.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JOHN CARNEY, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
* Carney played a key role in the Saints' thrilling 23-20 win against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The veteran kicker connected on three of three field goal attempts (29, 48, 47), including a game-winning 47-yarder with three seconds remaining. Carney's game-winner was the 13th of his career and fifth since joining New Orleans in 2001. The Saints have earned NFC Special Teams honors for an unprecedented five consecutive weeks dating back to 2004. The award was first instituted in 1993.

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