Two interceptions help Antrel Rolle pick off defensive player of the week

Getty Images

As a unit, the Giants defense had a very good day in Sunday’s 26-3 win over the 49ers.

Now one of the members has been recognized for his individual work in the victory. Safety Antrel Rolle has been named the NFC defensive player of the week as a result of his play in San Francisco.

Rolle intercepted 49ers quarterback Alex Smith on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, helping set the Giants up for a pair of field goals that extended their lead and pushed the possibility of a 49ers comeback from unlikely to impossible. Rolle, who had been slowed in recent weeks by a knee injury suffered when he ran into a camera against the Panthers in Week Three, added six tackles in a game that saw the Giants defense play the best that it has all season.

Rolle will try to keep things rolling against the Redskins this week. He had plenty of praise for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III earlier this week, which should mean he’ll bring his A-game with him on Sunday.