OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Eddie Royal #19 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Royal's 85-yard punt return for a touchdown with 5:53 remaining in the fourth quarter represented the go-ahead score in Denver's 38-24 win against Oakland last week. The punt return marked the sixth-longest such play in franchise history and the second punt return score of his career.
His selection as AFC Special Teams Player of the Week marks the second such award of his four-year NFL career (Week 6, 2009). The performance also marks the 21st time in team history a Broncos player has received the honor, which was initiated by the NFL in 1993.
Royal added a 26-yard touchdown reception against the Raiders to become just the second player in franchise history (Rick Upchurch, 1982) to record a receiving touchdown and a punt return touchdown in the same game.