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Brian Orakpo finally notches division sack

In his previous 44 career games, linebacker Brian Orakpo had 25.5 sacks. But 16 of those games were against NFC East foes and in those contests he’d managed only half a sack.

Orakpo’s fortunes against division opponents finally changed Sunday, as the third-year pass-rusher registered a full sack against an NFC quarterback.

“It’s crazy — you got all these sacks and I never really sacked a division opponent,” Orakpo said. “It’s good to get that monkey off my back.”

Orakpo’s sack came late in the game when the Giants were throwing heavily in a no-huddle offense, trying to overcome a 20-point deficit. On first-and-10 from the New York 37-yard line, Orakpo finally got to Eli Manning for a three-yard loss. It was his seventh sack of the season.

“I’m telling you, it’s tough. Guys, they know who I am. It’s hard to get the sacks, especially in the division,” Orakpo said. “It’s just great to finally get Eli in my third year. I can build off it, man.”

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.
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