Janikowski named AFC's Special Teams Player of the Month

Janikowski named AFC's Special Teams Player of the Month
November 1, 2012, 5:56 pm
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Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has earned the AFC's October Special Teams Player of the Month after making 10 of his 11 field goal attempts in the month.

Janikowski's lone miss was a 64-yard attempt that would have set a new NFL record and won a game against the Jacksonville Jaguards in regulation. He ended up making a 40-yard field goal in overtime to win the game. It was the 13th game-winning field goal of his 13-year career.

Janikowski has now won the Special Teams Player of the Month four times in his career.

According to the Raiders, Janikowski's October highlights include:

In October, Janikowski recorded touchbacks on 13 of his 19 kickoffs (68.4 percent), second in the AFC behind Baltimores Justin Tucker (69.2 percent). With 36 points in three October games, he led the AFC in scoring per contest (12.0). On Oct. 14 at Atlanta, in a last-second loss to the NFLs only undefeated team, he connected on a 52-yard field goal, a season high, his 38th career FG from 50-or-more yards, and posted four touchbacks. Also in the Jacksonville win Oct. 21, he converted four of five FG tries and kicked the game-tying PAT with three minutes in regulation, in addition to four touchbacks, one that split the uprights. On Sunday at Kansas City, in a 26-16 triumph, he improved his outstanding career numbers at Arrowhead Stadium with four field goals, and also recorded five touchbacks on seven kickoffs.

Oakland Raiders media services contributed to this report