FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton was named the NFC’s defensive player of the week for the last regular season game on Wednesday.
Lofton finished the 45-24 victory over Tampa Bay with 14 tackles, one tackle for a loss and he returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Lofton said before practice.
The score was Lofton’s first career touchdown and his third career interception.
Lofton finished the season with 167 total tackles (101 solo), according to the coaches’ film review.
He will lead the Falcons defense against the New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“We are not happy with just making the playoffs,” Lofton said. “The first couple of years, it was ‘get to the playoffs, get to the playoffs.’ But the ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog