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Darius Slay leads the NFL in interceptions after picking off Mitchell Trubisky twice

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Big. Play. Slay.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Slay’s day started with some bad news. Pro Bowl voting had ended and Darius Slay had been jumped by Vikings Xavier Rhodes as the highest vote-getter among NFC cornerbacks. Slay had been leading for every week, but he ended up finishing second in the conference, fourth among all corners.

But Slay made a statement on Saturday night. Mitchell Trubisky was intercepted twice by the Lions’ No. 1 cornerback, despite the fact that Slay had to leave for a series in the game while he underwent concussion tests.

With those two interceptions, Darius Slay now leads the entire NFL with seven picks. Prior to this season, Slay only had six career interceptions. After Week 14, he has now more than doubled that total.

Slay was feeling it after the game. Check out his postgame press conference here:

Watch LIVE press conferences after the Lions' 20-10 win over the Bears.

Posted by Detroit Lions on Saturday, December 16, 2017

Slay credits Detroit’s ability to pick off Trubisky three times to making the rookie quarterback throw the ball more than he’d like to in a game. After allowing over 200 yards on the ground in their first matchup, Detroit allowed just 43 rushing yards on Saturday. As a result, Trubisky attempted 46 passes in this game, his career high.

“We came out there and punched them in the face,” Slay said on the Lions’ ability to stop the run.

The last time a Lions player led the league in interceptions by the end of the year was back in 2014 when Glover Quin had seven interceptions. Slay has already reached that mark. We’ll see if he can add to that total in his final two games of the season.