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Hanson named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Patriots punter Chris Hanson has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for NFL Week 17.

Despite sustained winds of 30-40 miles per hour with gusts to 55 miles per hour, Chris Hanson averaged 45.0 yards on his three punts in the Patriots' 13-0 win over Buffalo -- a game where field position was critical. Hanson's best punt of the day helped change field position and set up the Patriots' only touchdown drive. In a 3-0 game in the third quarter, with New England facing a fourth down at its own 18-yard line, Hanson booted a 46-yard punt directly into the wind to give the Bills possession on their own 36. Five plays later, Jarvis Green's strip-sack gave possession to the Patriots at the Bills' 49-yard line and set up New England's only touchdown drive of the afternoon.

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