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.
ALL-TIME DEFENSIVE TWO-POINT CONVERSIONS SINCE RULE WAS IMPLEMENTED BY NFL IN 2015
|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|