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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Brown is NFC Defensive Player of the Week

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Stevie Brown ended the season with a bang as he earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

Brown ignited the Giants’ 42-7 rout over the Eagles in the season finale by intercepting Michael Vick and returning it 48 yards to the Philadelphia 26-yard line.

That set up Eli Manning's first touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, helping the Giants recover after allowing Philadelphia to surprise them with a successful onside kick to open the game.

Brown also had six tackles.

The safety was NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 8 after he had two picks, a fumble recovery and six tackles against Dallas. Brown is the first Giants safety to earn two Player of the Week awards during a season and the first defensive back to do so since cornerback Jason Sehorn was honored twice in 1997.

Brown was one of the team’s best offseason acquisitions, finishing with eight interceptions and an NFL-high 307 interception return yards. His eight picks are the second most in the NFL this season, one behind Chicago’s Tim Jennings. They are also the most interceptions by a Giant since Willie Williams’ 10 back in 1968.

Brown will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

“He had a terrific season with respect to intercepting the football,” GM Jerry Reese said of Brown, who had 66 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. “He really caught our eyes as a special teamer. We thought he was a young kid that had some upside.

“He was a nice guy to sign as a free agent to ascend and he definitely did that,” Reese added. “Our personnel staff did a good job digging him out and he did a good job making some plays back there for us.”

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