POW sounds like a sound resulting from one of Patrick Willis’ crushing tackles. This week, however, it stands for Player of the Week, which the 49ers linebacker was named for the NFC after his eight-tackle, two-pass breakup and one-interception performance last week against the New York Jets.
With the honor, Willis became the first linebacker in team history to win multiple NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
“The win felt amazing,” Willis told 49ers.com after the game. “Coming off the loss we had, everybody had that taste in their mouth of defeat and we just wanted to get it out. We knew we were going to do that today and we got a win.”
Because of Willis’ sideline-to-sideline play, the 49ers held the Jets to 145 total yards, including 45 yards on the ground.
“Anytime you win an award, it starts with thanking my teammates,” Willis said on Wednesday. “I’ll say it again, I don’t think I’d be half of what I am today without those guys. I’m thankful for that and appreciative of my coaches.”
Willis now has 35 tackles on the season and his second career NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker was previously given the award for his Week 5 efforts in 2011.
The star linebacker was also twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October and December of the 2007 season.
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