Coming off of arguably the best game of his seven-year NFL career, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner garnered NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time.
Playing a "phenomenal" game according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Wagner stuffed the stat sheet with 12 tackles, a 98-yard interception returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a sack in a 43-16 win against the 49ers.
Along with establishing a new franchise record for longest interception returned for a touchdown, Wagner became the first Seahawk to ever finish a game with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pick-six, and a sack in the same game.
"It was a totally complete game – yeah, a complete football game in all phases." Carroll said when comparing film to Wagner's live performance on Sunday. "The way I saw it, he knocked the ball out on the extra point attempt too. He was all over the place and had a great game. I really liked the way he was rushing the passer.”
From the outset, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. made blitzing Wagner a priority, as he shot through the line untouched to sack Nick Mullens on third down and end the 49ers first possession. He would be credited with one more hit on Mullens coming via the blitz later in the game.
When he wasn't bringing extra heat, Wagner flew all over the field, seemingly in on every tackle and playing superb coverage for the Seahawks.
“He’s playing as good as you can play the game. He’s a phenomenal football player, really in the peak of his career, doing a great job, making all the plays." Carroll said. "But, he does so much more than that for us. He’s a great Seahawk, and we’re lucky to have him.”
With the award, Wagner became the second Seahawk to receive NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season. Back in Week 6, defensive end Frank Clark earned the honor after recording 2.5 sacks against the Raiders in London.