Decker set a franchise record with four touchdown catches and finished with a career-best 174 yards on eight catches in Denver’s 35-28 win at Kansas City on Sunday.
“Once you start getting into a rhythm, you build some confidence,” Decker said after the game. “For me,
Decker started his high-scoring day with a 41-yard touchdown catch that tied the score 7-7. He nearly scored again on a 42-yard catch later in the second quarter when he was brought down at the Kansas City 3-yard line.
Manning and Decker connected on a 37-yard strike on the opening drive of the second half that tied the game 21-21.
“We were able to get down the field, protection held up and allowed us to get down the field and Eric was awesome,” said quarterback
Decker’s third touchdown came on a 15-yard snag on the Broncos’ next drive that gave Denver a 28-21 lead. He capped his historic outing with a fourth and final touchdown – a 1-yard pass to the corner of end zone, which proved to be difference in the win.
“Eric had a great day today, four touchdowns,” Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio said Sunday night. “And we needed all of them so it’s great to see it.”
Decker’s recognition brings the Broncos’ total conference player of the week awards up to six on the season. Quarterback Peyton Manning was named the Offensive Player of the Week in Weeks 1 and 3 and wide receiver
The weekly award is the first such honor of Decker’s NFL career, and is the 52nd such honor in team history since the award was initiated in 1984.