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Devon Witherspoon wins NFC Defensive Player of the Week after historic performance

It took only three games for the Seahawks rookie to get his first award.

Seattle Seahawks v New York Giants Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

As expected, Seattle Seahawks rookie corner Devon Witherspoon’s outstanding performance against the New York Giants netted him the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Witherspoon had a pair of sacks (one on Daniel Jones, one on Parris Campbell on a failed double pass), seven total tackles, and a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown that buried the Giants’ chances of a comeback.

Witherspoon’s pick-6 is the second-longest in Seahawks history, only behind Bobby Wagner’s 98-yard trot against the San Francisco 49ers in 2018. Much like Tre Brown earlier in the season, Witherspoon’s first interception doubled as a touchdown return.

OptaSTATS says Witherspoon did something no player in NFL history (or at least since sacks have been recorded) has ever done in a game.

You know it was a phenomenal showing worthy of winning an award when the other top NFC candidate was Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who sacked Bryce Young three times and forced a fumble that was eventually returned for a go-ahead touchdown. That probably wins DPOW most other weeks, but Witherspoon swooped in and showcased why the Seahawks took him at No. 5 overall.