Chris Godwin is the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in a young career that increasingly looks like it's going to earn him many more honors.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' third-year receiver took home that award for Week 12 after setting a career high with 184 receiving yards and scoring two touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 35-22 win over the Falcons in Atlanta. He was also the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after the Buccaneers' regular-season finale in 2017, his rookie year, in which he caught seven passes for 111 yards, including a game-winning 39-yard touchdown with nine seconds left in regulation.
Godwin is the second Buccaneers player to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in 2019, after Jameis Winston was thus honored for his four-touchdown game in a Week Four 55-40 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Tampa Bay outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week Two.
Other than teammate Mike Evans, Godwin is the only Buccaneers wide receiver ever to win an NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award, and now he's the first one to do so twice. The NFL first began handing out the weekly award in 1984.
Godwin kicked off his big day in Atlanta with a career-long 71-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter that gave the Buccaneers a 7-3 lead. On the play, Godwin caught the ball down the middle of the field between two defenders, bounced off an attempted tackle by safety Damontae Kazee and ran the last 38 yards for the score.
After Atlanta had regained the lead, 10-7, Godwin caught passes of 22 and 30 yards to power another scoring drive, and on that 30-yarder he also eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards on the season for the first time in his career. Godwin finished that drive himself with a dazzling one-handed, one-yard touchdown catch while falling backwards just across the goal line, giving the Buccaneers a lead they would not relinquish.
In all, Godwin turned in five plays longer than 20 yards, and six of his seven catches resulted in first downs. His 33-yard catch near the end of the third quarter was the longest play on a 61-yard field goal drive that gave Tampa Bay a 28-13 lead.
On the season, Godwin has caught 70 passes for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns, ranking fourth, second and third in the NFL in those three categories, respectively. His receptions, yards and touchdowns are all also new career highs for him, with five games remaining in the season.