FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that Stephen Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following the Patriots Week 10 win over the New York Giants. It is the third time in 2015 that Gostkowski has been honored by the NFL. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September and AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Week 7 win over the New York Jets.
Gostkowski drilled a 54-yard field goal with one second to play to lift the Patriots to a 27-26 come-from-behind victory. The field goal was Gostkowski's second of the day and it pushed him past Adam Vinatieri (263) and into first place on the team's all-time field goal list with 264 career field goals. Gostkowski is now 4-for-4 on field goal from 50 yards or more in 2015 and is the first kicker in NFL history to reach an 80 percent conversion rate from 50 yards or more (81 percent, 17-for-21).
It is the third time in his career that Gostkowski has won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. In addition to this week's award and his Week 7 honor, he earned the award for his play in Week 9 in 2009. He has also won AFC Special Teams Player of the month three times in his career - October 2008, October 2009 and September 2015.
Gostkowski is perfect on the season through six games, going 21-for-21 on field goal attempts and 34-for-34 on extra points. He has converted an NFL-record 445 consecutive extra points dating back to his rookie season in 2006. Gostkowski also leads the NFL with 97 total points and 45 touchbacks.