Adam Vinatieri takes home AFC special teams player of the week


Adam Vinatieri’s become well known for his postseason kicking exploits, but he wasn’t looking ahead to the potential for more playoff glory during Week 17.

Vinatieri made all three field goals he tried and added three extra points in Indianapolis’ 30-10 victory over the Jaguars last Sunday, which was sufficient cause for the NFL to name him the AFC special teams player of the week.

Vinatieri made 35-of-40 field goals overall this season, setting new career highs for both makes and attempts. It was also Vinatieri’s most accurate performance on field goals since the 2010 season.

When Vinatieri first steps on the field this weekend, it will mark his 26th career playoff game. That will tie Bill Romanowski and Larry Cole for the third-most playoff games in a career and he would tie Jerry Rice for the most of any player in history if the Colts should advance to the Super Bowl this year.

11 responses to “Adam Vinatieri takes home AFC special teams player of the week

  1. Adam also moved into 5th place on the “all time scoring” list. He still has a couple of good years left in the tank as well.

  2. Vinatieri’s longest kick was 39 yards indoors.

    Gostkowski was 4/4 with a long of 43, and the game was played during a monsoon.

    Current pat > former pat

  3. .
    Vinatieri’s 3 indoor field goals were from 23, 26, and 37 yards respectively in a game that was 17-0 in the first quarter..

    Blount had kickoff returns of 83 and 62 yards to set up scores in monsoon like conditions vs Buffalo which was a competitive game most of the way.

    The NFL had no choice but to pick Vinatieri.



  4. Anyone who watched the Patriots Bills game and knows the chess game of football understands that LeGarrett Blount should have been AFC special teams player of the week. He turned momentum quickly around after two second half Bills touchdowns (in a driving rainstorm that limited the passing game and Brady’s effectiveness) with kickoff returns of 82 and 64 yards that were amazing to watch. I have never seen a guy that big not only run over players (like Earl Cambell) but also evade tacklers (like Barry Sanders) and pull away from would-be tacklers (like Josh Gordon). He was BMW Bulldozer.

  5. I don’t normally care about these awards, but to select Vinatieri over Gostkowski is ridiculous. On the numbers, Gostkowski did far more, in extremely poor conditions.

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