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Polamalu - not Matthews - wins DPOY

Posted on: January 31, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 8:44 pm
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Posted by Josh Katzowitz

DALLAS – The buzz in the media room the last few minutes has been about the report that Clay Matthews had won the defensive player of the year award and that how … well … that report might be a tad premature.

Turns out the initial reports were incorrect.

As reported on the NFL Network, Steelers S Troy Polamalu actually edged out Matthews 17 votes to 15 (LB James Harrison was third and Bears DE Julius Peppers was fourth) to win the award.

While Matthews was fantastic early this season – there was plenty of talk that he had a chance at breaking Michael Strahan’s sack record (remember that?) – he made less of an impact as the season wore on. With only three sacks in the last seven games of the season, he finished with 13.5, two behind Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware, the league leader.

Meanwhile, Polamalu was his usual brilliant self for Pittsburgh, collecting 63 tackles in 14 games while intercepting seven passes (tied for his career-high) with 11 defended passes.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:44 pm
 

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Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Polamalu - not Matthews - wins DPOY

Matthews' impact was still felt as the season wore on as the Pack's defense improved over that span while Matthews drew double-teams (while actually fighting through injury without missing two games like Polamalu) while still managing to harass opposing QBs. 


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