Wednesday, January 2, 2013
And Stevie Brown for the defense
By Dan Graziano
The NFC East is dominating the weekly awards for the final week of the NFL's regular season. Moments after announcing that Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris was NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 17, the NFL announced that New York Giants safety Stevie Brown had been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the season finale against the Eagles.
Brown had his eighth interception of the year in the Giants' 42-7 victory and was credited with six solo tackles. A training camp afterthought whose playing time came mainly as a result of the persistent injuries to starting safety Kenny Phillips, Brown finished the year tied for second in the NFL in interceptions, behind only Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings.
It's the second time this season that Brown won this award. He also won it in Week 8, after intercepting Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo twice and recording eight solo tackles. Two weeks earlier, Giants safety Antrel Rolle was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. A somewhat remarkable year for Giants safeties, especially when you consider that the team finished 31st in total defense and 28th against the pass.
The Giants won many weekly awards in 2012. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was the NFC Offensive Player of Week 2. And kicker Lawrence Tynes (Week 3) and kick returner David Wilson (Week 14) made off with NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Awards as well.