Chase Special

Linebacker Chase Blackburn was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in New York's 36-31 victory at Philadelphia.

In addition to starting for the second straight week at weak side linebacker, from where he stopped Brian Westbrook on fourth-and-one on the Eagles' final offensive snap of the night, Blackburn continued to contribute on special teams. The Giants' 2007 Special Teams Player of the Year, Blackburn made three solo tackles on kickoffs, including two in the fourth quarter. He also recovered a first quarter fumble on a Philly kickoff return, setting up a John Carney field goal for a 10-7 lead.

"He was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week," Tom Coughlin said. "He hit the wedge, recovered the fumble. He consistently does that – that type of thing. He was really the right guy in the right place at the right time."

Blackburn is the second Giants player to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award this season. Carney won it for his Week 3 performance against Cincinnati, when he kicked four field goals, including the overtime game-winner. Blackburn is the first Giants player who is not a punter or kicker to win the award since David Tyree in Week 11 of the 2005 season.

In his fourth season from Akron, this is Blackburn's first career Player of the Week Award. He is the third Giant to be honored with a weekly award this season, joining Carney and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (Defense, Week 8).

Coughlin loves everything about Blackburn.

"The guy wants to play," he said. "He loves to play, wants to play, wants to do everything that he can to be as good a football player as he can be. He wants to help in every way he can. So that is the impression that I have always gotten from Chase. He's upbeat."

And versatile, proving able to play all three LB spots with equal aplomb. There's no jack-of-all-trades and master of none with number 57.

"He plays them all for us," Coughlin said. "When he first came we had him back up Antonio (Pierce, at MLB) but he has been able to branch out. Even when he wasn't starting he was to be the first guy in the game at any of those spots."

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