Lions cornerback Darius Slay single-handedly turned the tide in Sunday’s win over the Eagles, and the NFL has honored him for that.
Slay was named the NFC defensive player of the week after he forced two turnovers late in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ comeback win.
With the Eagles leading in the fourth quarter and trying to run out the clock, Slay drilled Eagles running back Ryan Matthews, forcing a fumble that the Lions recovered. Detroit then moved into field goal range and took the lead.
The Eagles then got the ball back with a chance to win the game, but on their first play Slay picked off a Carson Wentz pass to seal the Lions’ win.
Slay signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Lions in the offseason, and on Sunday he gave the Lions more than their money’s worth.