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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos made noise on the offensive end with the performance of Peyton Manning, but it was a late game play by a defensive back that’s getting all the honors from the NFL.
The National Football League informed the Broncos on Wednesday that Tracy Porter will receive his first AFC Defensive Player of the Week award.
Porter, 26, in his Broncos debut in Denver’s 33-19 win against the Steelers on Sunday, helped seal the victory with his 43-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The interception was Porter’s third career game-sealing interception for a score. One of the other times was against current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV. Then, Porter was a member of the New Orleans Saints and Manning was a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
Additionally, Porter finished second on the team with eight tackles and totaled five passes defensed which is the most in a single game since 2001.
This is the 23rd AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor in Broncos history. Linebacker Von Miller was the most recent recipient of the award, earning the distinction in Week 11 last season.
In the offseason, Porter signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Broncos as a free-agent.