Collins, Shockey honored again

Quarterback Kerry Collins has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December, the second Giant in as many months to take home the honor. Tiki Barber won it in November. In addition, Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month.

This is the first time the Giants have received consecutive designations in the Player of the Month awards. Before Barber won last month, no Giant had been honored as the conference's Offensive Player of the Month since David Meggett in September, 1994. Phil Simms (December, 1986) is the only other Giant to win the award since it was instituted in 1986.

In November, Shockey, the team's No. 1 draft choice from the University of Miami, became the first Giant to win the league's Rookie of the Month award since it was created in 1996. Now he has won it in consecutive months.

In five December games, Collins completed 100 of 158 passes (63.3 percent) for 1,802 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. His quarterback rating for the month was a glittering 118.7. Collins had a perfect 158.3 rating at Indianapolis on Dec. 22 when he completed 23 of 29 passes for 366 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 44-27 victory, the Giants' highest-scoring output in more than seven years. Collins led the Giants to four consecutive season-ending victories and a berth in the NFC playoffs as a Wild Card.

Collins' most frequent target in December was Shockey, who caught 32 passes  for 402 yards (12.6-yard average) and one touchdown. Of course, it was a very big touchdown, a seven-yard toss from Collins in the fourth period last Saturday that was the Giants' lone six-pointer in the 10-7 overtime victory over Philadelphia that clinched a playoff berth for the Giants.

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