The Atlanta Falcons today announced that defensive end John Abraham has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Atlanta's 41-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Abraham had one of his best games as a Falcon, sacking Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert 3.5 times for a loss of 35.5 yards. Abraham recorded the 26th multi-sack game of his career, including 14 games as a Falcon. Atlanta owns a 12-2 record when he posts two-or-more sacks in single game. His 3.5 sacks resulted in a total loss of 35.5 yards and his two forced fumbles resulted in 10 points.
In the second quarter, Abraham had a sack at the Jacksonville 33-yard line, which was recovered by LB Curtis Lofton and led to a Falcons field goal. In the third quarter, Abraham sacked the Jaguars quarterback at the Jacksonville 16-yard line. The ball was recovered by Corey Peters, who ran 13 yards for an Atlanta touchdown. Abraham now has 111.0 career sacks and passed Greg Townsend (109.5) to move into 16th on the NFL's all-time sacks list. Since joining the Falcons in 2006, he ranks fourth in franchise history with 57.5 sacks and trails Patrick Kerney by .5 sacks for a share of third, and Chuck Smith (58.5) by one sack for second place.
In his 12th year from South Carolina, this is Abraham's fourth career Player of the Week Award and second as a Falcon (Week 1, 2006). He was also honored twice with the New York Jets (Week 8, 2001 and Week 5, 2004).