New York Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his 12-tackle (six solo) performance in New York's come-from-behind victory over the New England Patriots this past Sunday. Kiwanuka had one of the game's key plays early in the second quarter when he intercepted a tipped pass from Tom Brady at the Giants' 19-yard line.â†µ
The player of the week award was the second of Kiwanuka's career after he won it in 2008 for his Week 8 effort against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kiwanuka started that game at defensive end, meaning he has now won the award at both end and linebacker. He becomes the first Giant to win Defensive Player of the Week since Michael Boley did it Week 11 of 2009. He is the third player of the week of any kind for the Giants this year, as quarterback Eli Manning and running back Ahmad Bradshaw have both been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week this year.
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