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Deone Bucannon Earns NFC Defensive POW

Interception return for touchdown highlights night for dollar linebacker against Eagles

Deone Bucannon had his first NFL interception Sunday night and returned it for a touchdown for the first time in his life.

Another first came on Wednesday when the second-year Cardinals safety won his inaugural NFC Defensive Player of the Week award. Bucannon picked off Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford and raced 39 yards for a score to give the Cardinals a 37-10 lead early in the fourth quarter of a blowout win.

"Honestly, it was a great feeling," Bucannon said of the interception after the game. "I'm definitely grateful."

He also added a team-high 11 tackles in the 40-17 victory, the second straight game Bucannon has reached double-digit tackles. Bucannon became the fourth Cardinals player to return an interception for a touchdown this season, joining safety Tony Jefferson, safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Justin Bethel.

Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 111 tackles and has added 17 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two sacks and now the interception.

He is the fifth Cardinal to win a Player of the Week award in 2015, following Mathieu (defense in Week 3 against the 49ers), wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (offense in Week 2 against the Bears), running back David Johnson (special teams against the Bears) and kicker Chandler Catanzaro (special teams in Week 14 against the Vikings).

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