Julius Peppers named NFC Defensive Player of Week

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CHARLOTTE - Julius Peppers was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Panthers win a 33-30 thriller at New England to push Carolina's record to 3-1.

The 37-year-old Peppers finished the game with two sacks, three quarterback hurries and four total tackles. This season, Peppers has recorded a team-high 4.5 sacks, ranking third in the NFC and fifth in the NFL overall.

The nine-time Pro Bowler is Carolina's all-time leader in sacks with 85.5. He has the most sacks of any active NFL player with 148.0 career sacks, and is just 2.5 sacks from tying Chris Doleman for fourth all-time in NFL history.

This award marks the seventh Defensive Player of the Week award of Peppers' career. He's also now tied linebacker Luke Kuechly for most Defensive Player of the Week awards as a Panther with four.

View the top photos from Panthers at Patriots by team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.

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