Quarterback Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, safety Stevie Brown of the New York Giants and cornerback Davon House of the Green Bay Packers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the eighth week of the 2012 season (October 25, 28-29), the NFL announced today.
DEFENSE: S Stevie Brown, New York Giants
- Brown had two interceptions, recovered a fumble and had six tackles in the Giants? 29-24 win at Dallas.
- He is only the third Giant to record at least three takeaways in a game against the Cowboys, joining WILLIE Williams (1969) and Terry Kinard, who did it twice (1983 and 1987).
- Brown?s three takeaways accounted for half of the six turnovers forced by the New York defense as the Giants recorded four interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
- Two of Brown?s takeaways led to scoring drives for the Giants and his third was an interception inside the red zone with 1:03 remaining in the game and the Giants up by five points.
- Brown has an interception in four of the past six games (five interceptions). His five interceptions are already the most in a season by a Giants safety since 1999 (Percy Ellsworth, 6).
- Brown?s 168 interception-return yards are the most by a Giant since Dick Lynch in 1963 (251).
- In his third year from Michigan, this is Brown?s first career Player of the Week Award.
- He is the second Giants safety to be honored this season, joining Antrel Rolle (Week 6). Previously, no Giants safety had won the award since 1998 (Percy Ellsworth, Week 16).
- This is the first time in franchise history two Giants safeties have been named Defensive Player of the Week in the same season.