FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots K Nick Folk has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the National Football League for his performance in the Patriots 25-22 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. It is the seventh Player of the Week Award for Folk in his career. He earned two AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Honors in 2020. He earned the awards in Week 9 following the game at the New York Jets on Nov. 19 and in Week 12 after the game vs. Arizona on Nov. 29.
Folk drilled a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 52-yard field goal in the third quarter against the Texans, his longest field goals as a member of the Patriots. Folk had his second career game with two 50-yard field goals and became the second Patriots player with two 50-yard field goals in one game, joining K Stephen Gostkowski, who had two 50-yard field goals in a game three times.
Overall, Folk connected on all four of his field goals attempts against Houston (52, 52, 32 and 21 yards). It marks the 11th time in his career that he has had at least four field goals in a game, his third time as a member of the Patriots and his second time in 2021. He was successful on four field goals in the win at the New York Jets on Sept. 19. Folk's 21-yard field goal came with 17 seconds to play to put the Patriots in front for good, 25-22.