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Kiwi named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right,

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, gains yardage as he is brought down by New York Giants outside linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka and outside linebacker Michael Boley in the first half. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: AP

The NFL announced today that Mathias Kiwanuka had the best week of any defender in the conference. Heck, I thought he was only the second-best linebacker for the Giants.

Kiwanuka had 12 tackles and an interception in the win over the Patriots and did have a very strong performance. For that he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Ut the player who really stood out to me was Michael Boley, the player who tipped the pass that Kiwanuka intercepted and also stripped Tom Brday of the ball that was recovered by Jacquian Williams. Oh well. Stats trump subtlety when it comes to these awards.

Not that Kiwanuka isn’t deserving. It’s the second time in his career he’s received such an honor (he won 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). He’s the first Giant to win Defensive Player of the Week this season, although Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw have previously won Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The last Giants defender to win the award?

Boley. That was in Week 11 of the 2009 season.

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