Eagles’ Darius Slay burns his name to the franchise’s record books with a 6 second-quarter pick against the Saints (UPDATE)

The Eagles dominated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the first half, 20-7, as the final minute of the second quarter ended at Lincoln Financial Field. Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian tried to build momentum with a final practice before half-time, and as he aimed wide Deonte Harris on an out with 34 seconds left, Eagles cornerback Darius Slay decided to shatter New Orleans’ hopes.

Slay, a former Pro Bowl cornerback, skipped Harris’ road, grabbed Siemian’s pass and rushed up the field. Slay sent the interception back into the end zone for a six pick and his third defensive touchdown in four weeks. The score gave the Eagles a 27-7 lead at half-time with the home side set to receive the kick-off to start the second half.

With six games to play in the campaign, Slay became just the second defenseman in Eagles history to produce three defensive touchdowns in a season.

The last time an Eagles defenseman scored three home touchdowns in a season, Slay was just two years old.

Former Eagles cornerback Eric Allen achieved the feat in the 1993 season, 28 years before Slay hit the salary against the Saints. Allen has actually had four defensive touchdowns this season, so Slay has another feat to go with six games to go.

Slay had just returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos last week. His first touchdown of the year came in another fumble recovered in Week 8 against the Detroit Lions.

Correction: The original version of this article said that Slay recovered a fumble in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers. He did it against the Lions.

Slay is building an All-Pro-worthy campaign, as he entered Week 11 as Pro Football Focus’s 13th cornerback out of 119 qualifiers. He produced 36 tackles, five stoppage passes, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns.

UPDATE (5:12 p.m. ET): Unfortunately for Slay, his afternoon didn’t end on a high note. The cornerback was forced out of the game in the third quarter due to a head injury and is now part of the league’s concussion protocol.

The Eagles beat the Saints, 40-29, to go 5-6 on the season.

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