EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Dwayne Harris has been selected the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his game-winning performance in the Giants' 27-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Harris scored the deciding points with his 100-yard kickoff return with 7:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the first kickoff return in Giants history that accounted for the deciding points in the fourth quarter of a game in which the Giants trailed or were tied.
Harris' clutch runback – an immediate response to a Dallas touchdown that had tied the game at 20 - was the Giants' first kickoff return touchdown since David Wilson's 97-yard return vs. New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2012. The five-year veteran and first-year Giant tied the franchise record for longest kickoff return touchdown. Pro Football Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell returned a kickoff 100 yards vs. the New York Yankees on Nov. 4, 1951, and Clarence Childs matched him against Minnesota on Dec. 6, 1964.
It was Harris' first career kickoff return touchdown, on his 85th career runback. He has two punt return touchdowns, and four receiving touchdowns, including one this year. Harris played his first four seasons with Dallas before joining the Giants last offseason as a free agent. He is only the third player in NFL history with a kickoff return touchdown vs. a team for which he played the previous season. The others were Bo Roberson (87 yards for Oakland vs. San Diego on Sept. 30, 1962) and Aaron Stecker (98 yards for New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 19, 2004).
Harris had three kickoff returns for 149 yards, as well as two receptions for 43 yards. His 38-yard reception in the second quarter was the second-longest of his career.
This is the Giants' second Player of the Week award in three weeks; quarterback Eli Manning was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 41-completion, 441-yard performance in a Week 5 victory over San Francisco. Manning also accounted for the game-winning points against the Niners, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Larry Donnell with 21 seconds remaining.
Harris is the first Giants player to win the special teams award since Josh Brown in Week 15 of the 2013 season. He is the first non-kicker since Wilson was honored in Week 14 in 2012, following his kickoff return vs. New Orleans.
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