Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against New England. Kiwanuka, a sixth-year linebacker, led the Giants with 12 tackles (six solo). He stopped a Patriots drive on the first play of the second quarter when he intercepted a tipped Tom Brady pass at the Giants' 19-yard line and returned it nine yards.
This is Kiwanuka's second Player of the Week award. He was honored in Week 8 in 2008 after he had 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, four quarterback hits and five tackles in a victory at Pittsburgh. Kiwanuka started that game at right defensive end, so he has now won a Player of the Week award at both end and linebacker.
Kiwanuka is the first Giant to be named Defensive Player of the Week since Michael Boley in Week 11 of the 2009 season. The Giants have had two Offensive Player of the Week honorees this season: Manning in Week 3 vs. Philadelphia and Ahmad Bradshaw in Week 6 vs. Buffalo.Join other diehard Giants Fans!
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