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Everson Griffen Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

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One of the Minnesota Vikings' top defensive players saved what may have been his best performance for the final game of the regular season, and now he's being recognized for it.

Defensive end Everson Griffen has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17 of NFL action.

Griffen absolutely embarrassed Josh Sitton on Sunday night after Green Bay moved Sitton to left tackle to cover for the injured David Bakhtiari. He was in Aaron Rodgers' face all night, collecting five quarterback hurries, two quarterback hits, and two quarterback sacks. One of those sacks came on the deciding play of the game, where he forced Rodgers to fumble and the ball bounced to cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who alertly jumped on it and took it back 55 yards for what proved to be the winning score.

Even though Griffen was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October of 2014, this is his first Defensive Player of the Week Award. He is the third member of the Vikings to win the award this season. . .defensive tackle Linval Joseph won the award in Week 9 against the St. Louis Rams, while cornerback Terence Newman collected the award in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders.

Congratulations to Everson Griffen on being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the last week of the regular season.