January 12 - Bucs Pro Bowl weakside linebacker Derrick Brooks made several impact plays against the 49ers, including sacking quarterback Jeff Garcia in the first quarter, intercepting a pass in the second quarter, recovering a fumble in
the third quarter, and making a key stop on fourth-and-6 in the fourth, which was one of his seven tackles on the day. Brooks, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was the Pewter Player of the Game against San Francisco.
The NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Tampa Bay's leader on defense,
Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks, led by example in the Buccaneers' 31-6
rout of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoffs. Brooks made
several impact plays, including sacking quarterback Jeff Garcia in the first
quarter, intercepting a pass in the second quarter, recovering a fumble in
the third quarter, and making a key stop on fourth-and-6 in the fourth,
which was one of his seven tackles on the day. He also had a pass break-up
against the 49ers.
For his all-around stellar play, Brooks is this week's Pewter Player of
the Game in leading a suffocating defensive effort which kept San Francisco
out of the end zone and held them to just 228 yards of total offense. Garcia
was picked off three times and finished with a 35.9 QB rating.
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