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49ers’ Bethea wins defensive player of week

Antoine Bethea made No. 100 count.

The veteran safety, who making his 100th consecutive start Sunday, was named the NFC defensive player of the week for his role in holding the Eagles offense without a point

Bethea was questionable to play in the game due to an ankle injury that occurred late during the week of practice. He not only started, he forced a fumble from Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and intercepted a deep pass from Nick Foles.

His biggest play may have been a tackle of LeSean McCoy late in the game. Bethea swooped in to knock down the Philadelphia running back at San Francisco's 1 1/2-yard line. If the Eagles had scored, they would have taken a late-game lead.

On third-and-goal, Bethea's blitz forced Foles to rush his throw to the end zone. That pass, as well as the one on fourth down, was incomplete.

Bethea is the lone multi-year veteran in the secondary this season. The 49ers rank seventh in passing yards allowed through four games.

Bethea never had won a player-of-the-week award. He was mic’ed on Sunday and will be featured on NBC Sports’ “Turning Point,” which airs at 7 p.m. today.

Meanwhile, Eagles return man Darren Sproles won the special teams version of the award for his 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against the 49ers.

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