DENVER (CBS4) – It was a big week for Aqib Talib and the Denver Broncos defense, and the league noticed.

The NFL named Talib AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the Broncos announced on Wednesday.

Talib’s performance was central to the the defense’s snuffing out of a Chargers comeback attempt in San Diego on Sunday. He intercepted a Phillip Rivers pass late in the fourth quarter when the Broncos were ahead 19-10. That led to a Broncos field goal, and another final pick by teammate Rahim Moore finally finished off Rivers and the Chargers.

The Broncos wound up winning the game 22-10 and winning the AFC West title for the fourth straight time.

“We got our first championship of the season,” Talib said after the game.

Talib and the Broncos obviously now have their eye on the AFC Championship and want to make a return trip to the Super Bowl. And there don’t appear to be many teams that could stop them. The Broncos are currently ranked No. 2 in CBSDenver.com’s NFL Power Rankings.

In addition to his key pick, Talib had eight tackles in Sunday’s game, seven of which were solo. Talib also had three passes defensed.

Talib was also named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in 2010 while he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s the first time a Broncos player has received the honor this season, however Von Miller was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for his performances in the Broncos games in the month of October.

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