Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis remains as one of the game’s most entertaining players. He continued his stellar play against the Bucs, as the 49ers star linebacker totaled 18 tackles and a fumble recovery in a 48-3 win over Tampa Bay.
For his effort, Willis has been named as the NFC’s Week 5 Defensive Player of the Week.
Willis joins Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (offense), and Packers kicker Mason Crosby (special teams) as the NFC’s players of the week.
Here’s more information on Willis’ achievement:
-Willis had a team-best and season-high 18 tackles and recovered a fumble in the 49ers’ 48-3 win over Tampa Bay. It marked his most tackles in a game since 2008 (22 tackles, 10/5/08 vs. New England).
-Willis led a defense that held the Buccaneers to three points and 272 total net yards (86 rushing, 186 passing).
-The 49ers recorded three takeaways (two interceptions, one fumble) and three sacks. San Francisco leads the NFC with 14 takeaways and a +10 turnover differential.
-The 45-point margin of victory was the team’s largest since Super Bowl XXIV (San Francisco 55, Denver 10).
-In his fifth year from Mississippi, this is Willis’ first career Player of the Week Award.
-He is the first 49ers linebacker to be honored since 2006 (Brandon Moore, Week 9).
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