Ziggy Ansah named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted Jan 3, 2018

Ziggy Ansah earned his second career defensive player of the week award after recording three sacks in the Lions' season finale.

Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah closed out the season with his second consecutive three-sack performance, leading all NFL players in Week 17.

A week after picking up three sacks against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ansah matched that number in the Lions’ 35-11 win over the Green Bay Packers. He finished with 4 tackles, 3 TFLs and 5 QB Hits in the team's season finale.

  • Ansah became the first player in team history to record 3.0 sacks in back-to-back games.
  • Since QB Hits were first tracked in 2006, Ansah is the only Lions player to record 3 sacks and 5 QB hits in a single game.
  • In addition to his defensive totals, Ansah forced the Packers into an intentional grounding penalty which resulted in a 13-yard loss to the Packers own 1-yard line.
  • Ansah also registered 3.0 sacks earlier this year at the New York Giants (9/18/17), giving him three games in 2017 with 3 sacks. Ansah set a new team record by recording 3 sacks in 3 games during the same season, surpassing the previous record of two games set by DE Robert Porcher in 1999. He also tied Porcher for the Lions career record of four career games with 3 sacks.
  • Ansah’s 6.0 sacks over the last two games of the season are the second-most in a two-game span by a Lions player and trail only DE Bill Gay’s 6.5 sacks that he had over the first two games of the 1983 season (5.5 at TB 9/4/83; 1.0 vs. Cle 9/11/83).
  • Ansah finished the season with 12.0 sacks and reached 10 sacks for the second time in his career. In 2015, he recorded a career high 14.5 sacks. He became the fourth Lions player to record 10 sacks in multiple seasons since sacks became official in 1982.
  • Ansah garnered a career single-game high 5 QB hits in the finale vs. Green Bay. He became the first Lions player with 5 QB hits in a game since DT Ndamukong Suh had 5 vs. Indianapolis December 2, 2012.
  • With 3 Tackles for Loss, Ansah tied a career single-season high with 15 TFLs. He tied his previous best of 15 set in 2015.