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Rookie middle linebacker Chris Borland became the second 49ers rookie to win the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award, the NFL announced Wednesday morning.
Borland recorded 12 tackles on defense (and added another on special teams) and also recorded two interceptions on Sunday in the 49ers’ 16-10 victory over the New York Giants.
On Sunday, Borland deflected the credit to the players around him on the 49ers’ defense.
“Most rookies don’t have the opportunity to play behind our defensive line,” Borland said. “It’s quite an established defense. It’s a blessing to be playing behind those guys.”
Borland joins defensive end Andre Carter as the only 49ers rookies to win the award. Carter was a rookie in 2001.
Borland recorded 18 tackles against the St. Louis Rams and 17, as well as a fumble recovery set that up the winning points in overtime, against the New Orlenas Saints in his previous two games.
Borland has been in the starting lineup for four games in place of seven-time Pro Bowl selection Patrick Willis, who is out for the season due to surgery correct a chronic problem with his big toe.
“The guy is playing out of his mind,” veteran 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith said. “He’s only played three or four games, but he’s got to be in the talk for Defensive Rookie of the Year, I’d think.”