Kampman gets player of week honor

Defensive end had three sacks against Vikings for second honor this season

Green Bay Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week today for games played last weekend, the National Football League announced.

Playing in front of a national audience on Thursday night, Kampman helped the Packers stay alive in the NFC playoff hunt as Green Bay defeated the Minnesota Vikings 9-7. Kampman had a team-best seven tackles, tied his career-high with 3.0 sacks and added a game-high four quarterback hurries.

The Packers defense held Minnesota to three first-downs and 104 total net yards, including just 27 net passing yards. Kampman, a five-year veteran, had two sacks in the first half, both on third-down plays that forced the Vikings to punt. Kampman's third sack came on Minnesota's final drive of the game with 1:28 remaining and the Packers holding on to a two-point lead.

For the year, Kampman ties for the NFL lead with a career-best 15.5 sacks, the third-highest single-season total in franchise history.

In his fifth year from Iowa, this is Kampman's second career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 8). Kampman joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White (1998) as the only Packers to win defensive honors twice in the same season.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson received the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor, and Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Jackson, named to the NFC squad in the Pro Bowl this season, racked up 252 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Rams kept their playoff hopes alive with a 37-31 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Jackson had 33 carries for 150 yards and added six receptions for 102 yards, becoming the first player in franchise history with 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game. With 6:30 remaining in the third quarter and the Rams trailing 28-14, Jackson scored on a 64-yard touchdown pass from All-Star quarterback Marc Bulger to bring St. Louis within one score. In overtime, Jackson scored on a 21-yard run 6:33 into the extra session to win the game for the Rams. With that touchdown, the three-year veteran became only the third player in NFL history to record 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards and score the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter or overtime in the same game.

For the season, the first-time All-Star leads the NFC with a career-best 2,168 scrimmage yards and has 88 receptions, tops in the NFL among running backs and second overall in the conference.

In his third season from Oregon State, this is Jackson's first career Player of the Week Award. Jackson is the first Rams running back to win the award since Marshall Faulk (Week 17, 2001).

Gould tied his career-high with four field goals in the Bears' 26-21 victory over the Detroit Lions. The former Penn State standout was four-for-four on the day, converting field goals from 36, 36, 39 and 44 yards. Three of Gould's field goals were in the fourth quarter as the Bears came back from a 21-17 deficit. On the season, the two-year veteran has 32 field goals, the most in a single season in franchise history. Gould's 142 points trail Kevin Butler's team mark of 144 points set in 1985.

In his second season from Penn State, this is Gould's second career Player of the Week Award (Week 9, 2005).

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