Lions' Slay named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — After forcing two turnovers in the closing minutes of the Detroit Lions’ 24-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL has named cornerback Darius Slay the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Lions' Darius Slay pulls in an interception intended for Eagles' Nelson Agholor, allowing Detroit to run out the clock late in the fourth quarter.

Slay jarred the ball loose on a Ryan Mathews’ run with just under three minutes remaining, a fumble recovered by teammate Tyrunn Walker. That set up the Lions’ game-winning drive. Slay then sealed the victory, intercepting Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on the first play of the ensuing drive.

Detroit punter Sam Martin won Special Teams Player of the Week after the team’s Week 1 victory in Indianapolis, but Slay is the first defensive player to take home the honors since Glover Quin in Week 15 of the 2014 season.

Slay is the first Lions cornerback to get the nod in 16 years.

In his fourth season, Slay has 18 tackles and is tied for seventh in the NFL with six passes defended. The cornerstone of Detroit’s secondary, he was rewarded with a four-year, $48 million extension this offseason.