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Hakeem Nicks named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Hakeem Nicks #88 scores a touchdown in the

Hakeem Nicks #88 scores a touchdown in the second quarter past Mark Barron of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Sept. 16, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Hakeem Nicks will return home to North Carolina with an honor.

The Giants receiver was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his gutty 10-reception, 199-yard performance against the Bucs on Sunday. It’s the first time he’s received the honor and he’s the first Giants receiver to have it bestowed upon him since Plaxico Burress had 204 receiving yards against the Rams in Week 4 of the 2005 season.

The NFC had plenty of Giants players to choose from this week. Most people probably figured that the award would go to Eli Manning, who threw for a career-high 510 yards and engineered the comeback win. That would have been a layup selection. They also could have gone with Victor Cruz, who had 11 receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown. But they were right to select Nicks, who fought through pain in his foot and ankle (not to mention the holds of Aqib Talib) to be a real difference-maker in the game.

The Giants had two Offensive Player of the Week award winners in 2011. Manning won in Week 3 at Philadelphia and Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Buffalo in Week 6.
 

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