SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In perhaps what will be a prelude to a much bigger prize, San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December.It was a dominant December for Bowman. According to the NFL, he's the first player in the past 20 years with 45 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, a pick six, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a month.Bowman's huge December should help his candidacy for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.