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S Antrel Rolle returns an INT versus SF in Week 6.
Antrel Rolle Gives 49ers a Headache
In Week 6, the Giants (3-2) and San Francisco 49ers (4-1) met at Candlestick Park for an early season rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game. The 49ers, who lost that game on a pair of muffed punts, were out for revenge.
The Giants, led by safety Antrel Rolle, would not give San Fran that satisfaction, though. Rolle collected a team-leading six tackles (all solo, one for a loss) and added two interceptions.
Rolle’s defense kept the 49ers out of the end zone for a full 60 minutes, and the Giants went on to win by a decisive score of 26-3. The veteran safety was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Stevie Brown Dismantles Dallas
Two weeks later, the Giants traveled to Dallas to take on the division rival Cowboys. After falling to the Cowboys in Week 1 and the Eagles three games later, New York could not afford to drop any more divisional matchups.
Safety Stevie Brown, a 2012 New York newcomer, ensured the Week 8 victory over Dallas. While filling in for veteran Kenny Phillips, Brown led the Big Blue defense with eight tackles (all solo), two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Brown’s huge performance against the Cowboys solidified his role in the Giants’ secondary, and it earned him a NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.