Buffalo defensive end Bruce Smith won his second straight AFC defensive player of the week award after recording nine tackles and four sacks in the Bills' playoff-clinching 31-7 win over Indianapolis. NFC defensive honors went to New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who had nine tackles and 21/2 sacks in a 23-15 win over Minnesota.

Miami quarterback Dan Marino (365 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 overtime win over Philadelphia) and Detroit running back Barry Sanders (176 yards and two touchdowns in 38-31 loss to LA Raiders) were are AFC/NFC offensive players of the week.