Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after harassing San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a 19-3 win this past Thursday.
The two-time All-Pro cornerback intercepted Kaepernick twice, once in the first quarter and again in the fourth quarter. Sherman also swatted two passes and made two tackles. He now has three picks this season, tied for fourth-most in the NFL.
His first INT set up one of Seattle’s scoring drives. On the drive following Sherman’s first-half pick, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to running back Robert Turbin, giving the Seahawks an early 7-0 lead.
Sherman has now been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his illustrious career and is the only player to win the award in each of the last three seasons. Sherman has intercepted 23 passes, the most in an NFL player’s first four seasons since fellow Seahawks cornerback Kenny Easley recorded 24 from 1981 to 1984.
Sherman’s performance on Thursday helped the Seahawks limit Kaepernick to just 121 passing yards, his lowest total since Oct. 6, 2013, against the Texans. With linebacker Bobby Wagner back in the lineup for the second consecutive week after missing five weeks with a serious toe injury, the Seahawks gave up a season-low 164 offensive yards.
After winning their past two games by a combined score of 38-6, the Seahawks will face the Philadelphia Eagles at 1:25 p.m. Pacific time Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The game will be televised on Fox.
By Sam Horn | blog.seattlepi.com | December 3, 2014