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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chris Borland Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week






November 19, 2014

By Taylor Price

The rookie linebacker is the first San Francisco 49ers rookie to win the weekly honor since defensive end Andre Carter won the award in 2011.

Chris Borland took home the Week 11 prize for his 12-tackle, two-interception outing against the New York Giants.

Borland, the 77th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was named Pepsi Rookie of the Week last week. He's now taken home another honor in just his fourth NFL start. Perhaps even more impressive, Borland, the former Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at Wisconsin, is tied for San Francisco's team lead with 77 tackles, according to the count of the team's coaching staff.

Borland picked off Eli Manning for his first career interception on Sunday. Twelve tackles later, Borland added a game-sealing interception after fellow rookie Dontae Johnson tipped Manning's fourth-and-goal pass into the air towards the rookie linebacker.

Borland's been the talk of the 49ers in recent weeks. Teammates have praised his work ethic and overall contributions since he's filled in for perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis.

Wednesday's award is an indication that the rookie is becoming a national conversation, too.

You can also help Borland win a second straight NFC Rookie of the Week award by voting HERE.

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