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Chiefs safety Tyvon Branch wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week award

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Raiders at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Ca. The play may have factored into his being named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Raiders at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Ca. The play may have factored into his being named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The NFL announced Wednesday that Chiefs safety Tyvon Branch won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Branch, a former Raiders player, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown and put the final touches on the Chiefs’ 34-20 win Sunday at Oakland.

Branch also had four tackles (three solos) and one pass defense.

It was the first time Branch had won the award, and that it occurred against the Raiders made it all the more special. Branch spent his first seven seasons with Oakland before signing with the Chiefs in March.

“To do it in a place like the Black Hole, where I spent most of my career, it’s definitely a good feeling,” Branch said.

The honor was the first by a Chiefs defensive player this season and the first since Tamba Hali was named defensive player of week in Week 14 of 2013.

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyvon Branch was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his interception returned for a touchdown against his old team, the Oakland Raiders. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

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