The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders both displayed stingy defenses against their opponents on Sunday, and they were rewarded.
Raiders’ safety Charles Woodson has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, while 49ers’ cornerback Tramaine Brock claimed the honors for the NFC.
Woodson tied the NFL record for most defensive touchdowns in a career, recording number 13 when he recovered a fumble by San Diego Chargers‘ running back Danny Woodhead and ran it back 25 yards for the score.
He joins Darren Sharper and former Raider Rod Woodson with the record, joining an elite group.
“It says that I’m one of the greatest to ever play this game,” Woodson told Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area. “First and foremost, it really means something because it contributed to a victory. To be in the history books is really big time.”
Woodson was all over the place on Sunday night in the Raiders’ 27-17 win over the Chargers, intercepting Philip Rivers late in the fourth quarter as well to seal the game.
On the other side of the bay, Brock starred for the 49ers. He recorded two interceptions — including a pick six — and two tackles in a 34-3 rout of the Texans. Brock has really stepped up in the absence of Nnamdi Asomguha, and has claimed Asomugha’s spot as the third cornerback for the 49ers.
“When you play like that, you’re going to continue playing,” said head coach Jim Harbaugh. “There’ll be more opportunities for him, and we’re excited about that.”