For the first time all season Jason Pierre-Paul morphed into 'Superman' on Sunday. His fourth-quarter interception and 24-yard return of a Scott Tolzien pass sealed a 27-13 Giants' victory. It also earned Pierre-Paul NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
This is the third time Pierre-Paul has earned the DPOW honor. Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan are the only other Giants to win it at least three times. Taylor earned the honor nine times and Strahan five.
Pierre-Paul's bookend on the other side of the Giants defensive line, Justin Tuck, did not make the splash play that Pierre-Paul made, but still had four pressures, two tackles and batted down a pass.
Coming off two successive down seasons you can make an argument that Tuck has been the Giants' best and most consistent defensive player all season. His +12.6 Pro Football Focus grade is the best on the defense. Tuck also has the most quarterback pressures (38) and stops (18) among Giants' defenders. He has 1.5 sacks on the season.
Pierre-Paul and Tuck are your Giants' 'Teammates of the Week.'