Longwell tops NFC special teams players

Call him Mr. Consistent -- for the second time this season, Packer kicker Ryan Longwell was named NFC special teams Player of the Month, the league announced Thursday.<p>

In five games spanning Dec. 5-Jan. 2, Longwell played a major role in sealing a third consecutive NFC North Division title for the Packers.

Longwell hit eight of nine field goal attempts during that span, including two game winners within three weeks.

In a 16-13 win over Detroit at Lambeau Field on Dec. 12, Longwell was perfect amidst 35-mile per hour winds. His third field goal, a 23-yarder with two seconds on the clock, gave the Packers the win. Two weeks later the stakes were even higher. With the NFC North championship on the line against Minnesota, Longwell first hit a 42-yarder to end the first half reduced the Green Bay deficit to 21-17. He topped that with a 29-yarder as time expired to win the division. It marked the second time this season that the Packers beat the Vikings by 34-31 on the strength of a Longwell last-second score.

Longwell's 120 points led the team in scoring for the eighth time in his career. He now holds the franchise record all alone, breaking his tie with Don Hutson at seven consecutive seasons.

In his eighth season out of Cal, this is Longwell's third career Player of the Month Award. He won the honor earlier this year in October.

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