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 1 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Gostkowski converted both extra points and all three field goal (47, 53 and 32) attempts in Sunday's 23-21 road victory over the Cardinals. It is the fourth time in his career that Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He has also been named Special Teams Player of the Month three times - October 2008, October 2009 and September 2015.
Gostkowski connected on his eighth career game-winning field goal when he connected on a 32-yard attempt with 3:44 left to play in the game and drilled a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He has made has made 78.3 percent of his field goals (18-for-23) from 50 yards or more, converting the highest percentage of 50-plus yard field goal attempts in NFL history (minimum 15 attempts). He was also excellent on kickoffs against the Cardinals, leaving Arizona with an average starting position at the 18-yard line following kickoff.