Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Patriots' 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. It was the first such honor for the fourth year player.
Gostkowski tied a career-best four field goal day Sunday when he successfully connected on kicks from 30, 38, 34 and 40 yards. He finished a perfect 4-of-4, with one PAT.
It was Gostkowski's kickoffs which sealed the honor. On six kickoffs, three reached the endzone, and two resulted in touchbacks. He has managed 15 touchbacks from 49 kickoffs this season.
Gostkowski's kickoffs helped the Patriots keep dangerous kick returner Ted Ginn under wraps. Ginn entered Sunday's game with 14 returns for 489 yards (34.9 avg.) on the season. On Sunday Ginn finished with 4 returns for 97 yards (24.2 avg.)
This is the fourth time a Patriots player has been named player of the week this season. Tom Brady was honored weeks 1 and 6 while Laurence Maroney was honored in week 7.
Gostkowski's 73 points rank second overall for scoring this season, and have him on pace to finish slightly behind his 148 from last season. With the four kicks form Sunday, Gostkowski now has 94 field goals, passing former Patriot Tony Franklin's 93 which he kicked from 1984-87.
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