Janikowski named AFC Special Teams Player of Week

Janikowski named AFC Special Teams Player of Week
December 19, 2012, 11:00 am
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Sebastian Jankowski has missed three field goals this year, from distances of 61, 64 and 51 yards. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ALAMEDA -- Five field goals might not get you much in life, other than a 15-0 victory over Kansas City, but for Sebastian Janikowski, it netted the Raiders placekicker an AFC Special Teams Player the of the Week award for the seventh time in his 13-year career, the team announced Wednesday.

Janikowski, who was also the AFC's special teams player of the month for October, actually outscored eight other teams on Sunday -- the Chiefs, Philadelphia, New York Giants, Chicago, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Detroit and San Diego -- while converting five of his six field-goal attempts, from 20, 50, 57, 30 and 41 yards, and missing from 51 yards.

He is 29 for 32 on the season, with his three misses coming from 61, 64 and 51 yards, and with two field goals from at least 50 yards this weekend, Janikowski moved into a tie with John Kasay for second place in NFL history for most career field goals of 50-plus yards, with 42. Detroit's Jason Hanson, who is in his 21st NFL season, leads with 52 such field goals.

Also, Janikowski has converted 51 in a row from 40 yards or less, last missing in that window on Sept. 26, 2010, at Arizona. And on kicks of 40-yards or more, he has made 19 of his last 24 attempts, missing from 51, 59, 61, 64 and 65 yards.

Janikowski's 57-yarder at the end of the first half Sunday was his season long, his longest since he tied the NFL record of 63 yards at Denver in the 2011 season opener. That was also the last time Janikowski was the AFC special teams player of the week.

Plus, Janikowski has made 125 straight point-after attempts, last missing on Dec. 14, 2008, against New England.

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