‘Human vacuum’ Trevon Diggs grabs share of NFL history

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs intercepts a pass and scores a touchdown in the NFL game against the New England Patriots.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevor Diggs tied the record for most consecutive games with an interception to start an NFL season during the Cowboys’ 35-29 overtime win over the New England Patriots.

With the Cowboys trailing 20-21 with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter, Diggs picked-off Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, before taking the ball 42 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. The interception was Diggs’ seventh of the season.

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Diggs is just the fourth player ever to record an interception in each of the first six games of a season. He joined Tom Landry, Barry Wilburn and Brian Russell as the only other players to have accomplished the feat.

Diggs is also the first player in the Super Bowl era to have at least seven interceptions and return multiple pick-sixes in his team's first six games of a season.

So far this season, Diggs has picked off Tom Brady, Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts, Sam Darnold, Mike Glennon and Jones. The 24-year-old will no doubt have his sights set on the NFL record for most interceptions in a single season, which is currently held by Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane at 14.

The accomplishment created quite a stir on social media, with NBA star James Harden among those chiming in with praise for Diggs, calling him ‘different’.

Diggs almost didn’t even take the field for the Cowboys after being listed as questionable during the week due to an ankle injury that saw him miss two days of practice.

As it turned out, Diggs’ interception was a crucial contribution in the outcome of the game, giving the Cowboys the lead late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots responded almost immediately however, with Jones throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne to give New England a 29-26 lead with 2:11 left in the game.

A 49-yard field goal from Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein sent the game into overtime, before Dak Prescott connected with CeeDee Lamb for a 35-yard touchdown to seal victory for Dallas.

The Cowboys moved to 5-1 atop the NFC East division, while the Patriots dropped to 2-4 to leave them sitting in second place in the AFC East.

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