Tracy Porter celebrates with fans in the stands after returning an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)

Broncos' Tracy Porter Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Ask any cornerback who has played on the right side for the Denver Broncos in the last nine seasons how easy his job was.

Since Champ Bailey is on the left side, the right side sees much of the action in games. Many players have played the spot, but few have been successful.

One game into the 2012 season, the Broncos have appeared to find their ‘other guy.’

Tracy Porter was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his game-securing 43-yard interception touchdown return with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He leads the NFL with three fourth quarter interceptions returned for a touchdown since 2009. He also did it in Super Bowl XLIV when he intercepted now teammate Peyton Manning.

Not only did Porter clinch the game for Denver Sunday night, but he batted down a sure-fire touchdown pass to Heath Miller at the goal line in the first half. Looking at it that way, Porter put up 11 points in addition to his 8 tackles.

Porter signed with the team in the off season after spending four years with the New Orleans Saints.

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