Rice Wins AFC Offensive POW

After his superlative performance vs. the Saints, Ray Rice earned his first AFC Player of the Week Award.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 15 vs Saints

Ray Rice ran through and around the New Orleans Saints last weekend, and as a reward, he was honored as the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for Week 15.

Rice recorded a career-best 233 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, helping lead the Ravens to a 30-24 win at M&T Bank Stadium.

Whether it was running – he had 153 yards and a score on the ground – or receiving (80 yards and one touchdown), Rice was virtually uncatchable, marking a positive development as the Ravens near the postseason.

Rice was a catalyst for the Ravens against New Orleans. A 20-yard burst in the first half set up his 10-yard catch-and-run to the end zone to take a 14-7 lead. Rice later posted a 50-yard run to set up a Billy Cundiff field goal in the fourth quarter that gave the Ravens a 27-24 game-winning advantage.

“The win we had this past Sunday was a win that definitely – for me and my career – is one of the best wins that I’ve been around with this team, including the playoffs and everything else, just because of the resiliency of our team and our guys,” admitted Rice.

The award marks the first Player of the Week award in Rice’s three-year career. He joins Anquan Boldin, who was the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 3, as the only Ravens to be honored as such this season.

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