Longwell gets honor

Kicker named special teams player of week

Kicker Ryan Longwell was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Longwell made all four of his field goal attempts in Green Bay's come-from-behind victory.

In conditions that included a 35-degree temperature with gusty winds of 16 miles per hour, Longwell connected from 24, 38, 35, and 45 yards out, and was two-of-two on extra points for 14 points on the day. He scored 13 of the Packers' first 19 points, helping the club erase a 14-0 first-quarter deficit.

Longwell's 38-yarder with 6:52 remaining in the third gave Green Bay a 16-14 lead, its first of the game. He followed that up with a 45-yard effort later in the period to extend the Packers' advantage to 19-14.

Longwell, a seventh-year pro, has scored 818 career points and is on the cusp of breaking the team's 58-year-old scoring record, held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Hutson, who scored 823 points from 1935-45. Longwell has connected on 19 of 21 field goal attempts in 2003.

This is Longwell's fourth-career Player of the Week award.


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