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Brad Wing wins Special Teams award for second straight week

Posted Dec 21, 2016

Giants Punter Brad Wing was named NFC Special Teams player of the week for the second time: 


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –
Brad Wing did it again.

The Giants’ outstanding punter today was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second week in a row. Wing was superb again last Sunday, when the Giants defeated the Detroit Lions, 17-6, in MetLife Stadium.

He had a 41.0-yard net average on seven punts, including one that was partially blocked and travelled only 18 yards. With the Lions trying to mount a comeback in the second half, Wing booted three consecutive punts that forced them to take possession at their own three, four and 19-yard lines. Detroit totaled just 11 punt return yards, and three points on seven possessions following Wing’s punts.

Wing was honored last week for his work in the Giants’ 10-7 victory against the Dallas Cowboys, when he had a 43.2-yard gross average and a 42.9-yard net average on a season high-tying nine punts. Five of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line. Dallas totaled three yards on three punt returns.

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Wing is the second Giants player to receive player of the week awards after consecutive games this season. Safety Landon Collins was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his terrific performances against the Rams in London in Week 7 and vs. Philadelphia in Week 9 (the Giants had their bye in Week 8).

Wing is the first Giants player to win back-to-back Special Teams Player of the Week awards since they were instituted in 1984. The last four NFC awards have been won by just two players; Detroit kicker Matt Prater was honored in the two weeks prior to Wing receiving his first Player of the Week award.

This is the third time a Giants player has been cited for his work on special teams this season. Pro Bowl cornerback Janoris Jenkins was the Player of the Week in Week 2, after returning a blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown against New Orleans.

In addition to Wing, Collins and Jenkins, Odell Beckham, Jr. was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 6 vs. Baltimore, and Jason Pierre-Paul was the Defensive Player of the Week in Week 12 against Cleveland.

Collins was also the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November.

The Giants are 10-4 and will clinch their first postseason berth since 2011 if they defeat the Eagles tomorrow night in Philadelphia.