Tuck is NFC Defensive Player of the Week

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' recent run (winning five of their past six games) has been fueled by their defense. It has resulted in a remarkable string of individual accolades.

For his four-sack performance in Sunday night's victory over the Washington Redskins, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. It's the second time in Tuck's career that he's won the award, and he becomes the third Giants defensive player to win it in the team's last five games. Cornerback Terrell Thomas won it for his performance in Week 8 against the Eagles, and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul won it for his interception/touchdown in Week 11 against the Packers.

Tuck has had a strong season overall, but he had just 2.5 sacks in his first 11 games, so the four against Robert Griffin III on Sunday were eye-opening. They are the most he's ever had in a game, and he becomes the fifth Giant to have four sacks in a game, joining Osi Umenyiora (who holds the team record with six in a game), Pepper Johnson, Michael Strahan and of course Lawrence Taylor, who did it twice.