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Pat Surtain II named AFC Defensive Player of the Week following two-interception performance

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Pat Surtain II has already started to build his legacy.

The Broncos' rookie cornerback has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his two-interception performance against the Chargers, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Surtain posted a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions in the Broncos' upset win over Los Angeles in Week 12 that pushed Denver into a share of second place in the division.

The first interception came in the end zone with the Chargers driving to tie the game. Surtain fell off his man — tight end Jared Cook — before accelerating late in the play to pick off second-year sensation Justin Herbert.

Surtain wasn't done there. On the ensuing Chargers possession, with Los Angeles trailing by 14, Surtain snagged a pass that deflected off Austin Ekeler's hands and took it 70 yards the other way for the score.

He also recorded five tackles and a pair of passes defensed as he played every snap.

Surtain became one of just three Broncos rookies since the merger to record a two-interception game, and he's the first rookie since Marcus Peters in 2015 to have a pick-six as part of a multi-interception game.

The 2021 ninth-overall pick is the first Bronco to win Defensive Player of the Week honors since Dre'Mont Jones got the nod in Week 16 of the 2019 season. Jones, linebacker D.J. Williams and outside linebacker Von Miller are the only other Broncos to win the award as rookies.

Surtain's award marks the 36th time a Bronco has earned Defensive Player of the Week honors since the inception of the award in 1984.

Surtain is the third rookie to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors this year, joining Baltimore's Odafe Oweh (Week 2) and Buffalo's Gregory Rousseau (Week 5).

Surtain is also up for the NFL's Rookie of the Week award. To vote for Surtain to win that honor, click here.

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