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November 16, 2016


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos rookie safety Justin Simmons was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Denver’s 25-23 win against the New Orleans Saints, the NFL informed the Broncos on Wednesday.
Simmons blocked Saints kicker Wil Lutz’s extra-point attempt with 1:22 remaining and the game tied at 23-23. The block was recovered by fellow rookie safety Will Parks, who returned it for a defensive conversion and the winning points in Denver’s 25-23 win. The play represented just the third of its kind since the rule was implemented by the NFL prior to the 2015 season (and the first instance where the play provided the winning points for a team).
The award represents the 26th AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor for the Broncos since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1993 and the first since kicker Matt Prater’s effort against Tennessee on Dec. 8, 2013. Simmons joins defensive end Shane Dronett (blocked FG at K.C., 12/4/94) as the only Broncos players to receive the honor after blocking a placed kick.
Team Opp. (Date) Block Return Result
New Orleans vs. Car. (12/6/15) Kenny Williams Stephone Anthony Made it 13-16 with 1:55 left in 2nd
Baltimore at Cle. (9/18/16) Lawrence Guy Tavon Young Made it 2-20 with 4:34 left in 1st
Denver at N.O. (11/13/16) Justin Simmons Will Parks Made it 25-23 with 1:22 left in 4th

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