FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who kicked a 47-yard field goal with nine seconds left to lift the Falcons to a 20-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers, was named the NFC’s special teams player of the week on Wednesday.
It was Bryant’s third game-winning kick this season.
In Week 3, Bryant made a 46-yard field goal with 1:55 left in overtime in the Falcons’ 27-24 win at New Orleans. The following week against San Francisco, he made a 43-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in Atlanta’s 16-14 victory.
He has made 24 of 27 field goals this season.
Over his eight-year career, Bryant has 12 game-winning field goal kicks.
This is Bryant’s sixth career player of the week award and second this season (Week 4).
He joins Morten Andersen (seven times) as the only Falcons kickers to be named special teams player of the week multiple times.
Bryant, who previously won twice with both the New York Giants (Weeks 3 and 11, 2002) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 7, 2006 and Week 4, 2008), joins Chris Doleman, Brad Johnson and Pro Football hall of famer Warren Moon as the only players to win multiple player of the week awards with three different teams.