Vinatieri AFC Player Of The Week

New England Patriots Adam Vinatieri received another honor this week when he was named the AFC special teams player of the week for Week 3 by the NFL. Vinatieri's third successful kick of the night sealed the Patriots win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

PHOTO: New England Patriots' kicker Adam Vinatieri celebrates a 43-yard field goal as Pittsburgh Steelers Deshea Townsend watches September 25, 2005 (AP Photo)

Vinatieri AFC Player Of The Week
By Patriots Insider Staff

Running back LaDanian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers, safety Lance Schulters of the Miami Dolphins and kicker Adam Vinatieri of the New England Patriots are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the third week of the 2005 season (September 25-26), the NFL announced.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri made his 18th career game-winning field goal Sunday, splitting the uprights from 43 yards in Heinz Field to help lift the Patriots to a 23-20 victory and halt the Steelers’ winning streak at 16 games. Vinatieri made his final kick with :01 left in regulation. The 1996 NFL Europe veteran made three field goals from 48, 35, and 43 yards, respectively. His only miss was a 53-yard try. The 6-0, 202-pounder from South Dakota State finished the game with 11 points.

In his 10th season, this is Vinatieri’s seventh-career Player of the Week honor and his second in 12 weeks (Week 9, 2004).

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 3 were:

  • Jacksonville punter Chris Hanson, who averaged 47.2 yards on six punts. Four of Hanson's kicks traveled more than 50 yards. Of the three Hanson punts that were returned, Jacksonville’s coverage unit stifled their opponent with -3 total return yards.

  • Miami punter Donnie Jones, who punted six times for a 44.7-yard average with three punts inside the 20 without a touchback. Thanks in part to Jones' foot, Carolina's average drive start on the day was its own 25-yard line.

  • Buffalo kicker Rian Lindell, who was three-for-three on field goal tries from 36, 41, and 30 yards, respectively. Lindell has made all nine for his FG attempts on the season.


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