Grimes NFC Defensive Player of Week

Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes has been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday afternoon. It's the first such award for Grimes in his three-year career.

Grimes caused two turnovers in Sunday’s 34-18 victory at Seattle as the Falcons ran their winning streak to eight games. Grimes intercepted Matt Hasselbeck once to set up a third-quarter field goal. Later in the same quarter, he tipped a pass that wound up getting intercepted by safety William Moore to set up a touchdown.

Grimes finished the game with a team-high five passes defensed. According to the Falcons, Grimes has set a franchise record and leads the NFL with 22 knockdowns this season. Grimes also is tied for the team lead with five interceptions.