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.
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“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.