Matt Bryant named NFC special teams player of the week

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) kicks the game winning field goal that defeated the 49ers 16-14 on Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 inside the Georgia Dome. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) kicks the game winning field goal that defeated the 49ers 16-14 on Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 inside the Georgia Dome. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

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 DolemanBrad 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.

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TomK

December 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

I’ll try it again…Falcons fan/season ticket holder from upstate NY…GO Falcons!!!!! FIRST!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

December 1st, 2010
2:21 pm

Congratulations to Matt Bryant!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
2:22 pm

Congrats to TomK!

ATL FAN

December 1st, 2010
2:42 pm

RISE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! falcons 2011 super bowl champs.

rebelson

December 1st, 2010
2:46 pm

have looked everywhere…but with no results…..can someone please enlighten me on the condition of jason snelling…i know he has the hamstring thing…is it serious or will he be ready Sunday

Dan Smith

December 1st, 2010
2:48 pm

Wow! Was suspect at first, but he has made a believer out of me now! Will never doubt you again Sir!

james

December 1st, 2010
2:49 pm

This makes the kicking woes of Jason Elam in 2009 seem like a very distant memory. Its great to finally have a clutch kicker. In a sense this guy is Matty Ice #2 – if you notice, he never seems anxious or jittery in any way prior to making kicks, totally calm and collected about his business. Bryant’s kicking form and overall approach really reminds me of Morton Andersen’s, except Andersen was left footed.

Mave2124

December 1st, 2010
2:50 pm

D-Led…please do a Q&A with Dunta and Brent…want to know how they feel about getting called out as the weak link to the squad (though more sacks by Bierman would help)…and how they assess their play, etc.

ATL FAN

December 1st, 2010
2:51 pm

Agree James, the kicked this season has proved to be one of the most important parts of the squad, and just having that sense of relief knowing you have a solid kicker is great.

james

December 1st, 2010
2:53 pm

rebelson,
Snelling is listed as Questionable for Sunday at Tampa Bay. That’s a huge blow in a critical division game!

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SnelJa00.htm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

Mave2124 — I was looking for both of those guys today in open locker room. They must have been watching film. Dunta needs to check his cleats. He keeps slipping. Grimes can be motivated by the Tramon Williams contract. He was also an undrafted free agent.

James
— That’s unofficial. Teams don’t have to declare their status until Friday. He didn’t look good in open locker room today, though.

Falconfever

December 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

Matt Bryant is MONEY!!!! just count it when steps up to kick….

rebelson

December 1st, 2010
3:03 pm

thanks James…..well…we sure need him Sunday…but i still think we have plenty for the BUCS….so…i hope they keep him out and get him healthy for the rest of the push towards the SB…would much rather have him back completely and ready to rock againest the Aints…look at the Lions…everybody says they didnt give Matthew time to heal….

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james

December 1st, 2010
3:13 pm

OK thanks DOL. So who should be the third down RB should Snelling not be able to go – Antone Smith or Gartrell Johnson (boy, such great options!)

rebelson

December 1st, 2010
3:15 pm

Tony G…..short out in the flat….good as anyrunning play i know of

Tony B

December 1st, 2010
3:17 pm

The Falcons have been doing a lot right this season. You can look at improvement all over the team. But make no mistake, no one is as important with the Falcons success this year than Matt Bryant. If we had him kicking for us last year instead of Elam, we would have been in the playoffs last year too! Elam lost us at least 2 or 3 games himself.

yo mama

December 1st, 2010
3:18 pm

being a former kicker, who used to kick with Kevin “butthead” Butler, Mick Luckhurst, and Rex Robinson, I have noticed Bryant’s kicks always push to the right. Some of his misses have come from when the falcons are on the right hash. He has great power, and seems that he is in a groove right now. its nice to not have to worry about missing easy kicks. Last year, i think Elam uncharacteristically missed at least 3 chippies, in games we lost. definitely looking good right now. Hey DLED, why does bryant have a different red home jersey than the rest of the team. on his left shoulder the falcon logo points in the opposite direction than the other players jerseys?

and i am out!

Matt Bryant Fan

December 1st, 2010
3:28 pm

I have had the pleasure of meeting Matt twice through his appearances for the March of Dimes. He is a class act and I wish NOTHING but the best for him and his family.

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Enkinan

December 1st, 2010
3:41 pm

This guy has ice water in his veins, all business. There was a funny post game interview with him (I think after San Fransisco) when he basically replied “that’s my job”, like it was no biggie that he just won a wild football game in the NFL. It’s reassuring to have such a level headed guy to go to when the pressure is on.

FrontRow

December 1st, 2010
3:53 pm

Hey D’led are you having fun going through the preseason stacks and finding all the Bryant haters out there?

Just a few short months ago the popular move here on AJC blogs was to cut Bryant and go after which ever kicker was cut by the Texans.

What a bunch of whiners. Grow a pair.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
3:57 pm

James — Gartrell Johnson could be your man. Snelling was a DNP today.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
3:59 pm

Today’s “DNP – Did Not Practice — list: Roddy White, John Abraham , Jason Snelling and Antone Smith.

Falconfever

December 1st, 2010
4:12 pm

Led, Why was Abe and Roddy on the DNP? Should we be concerned?

JB FALCON

December 1st, 2010
4:23 pm

20 minutes ago – With RB Jason Snelling (hamstring) and RB Antone Smith (hamstring) banged up, FB Ovie Mughelli could be in line to receive some carries. He and RB Gartrell Johnson would be RB Michael Turner’s backups against Tampa Bay if Snelling’s and Smith’s injuries linger through Sunday

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
4:30 pm

THE PLAYERS who were limited today:
Injury report – limited–Kroy Biermann (ankle), Mike Jenkins (quad), Curtis Lofton (knee), William Moore (thigh) and Eric Weems (pectoral).

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
4:32 pm

Falconfever — Roddy has been getting one day off a week and still playing. Abe’s injury appears to be more serious and could be a game-time decision.

Foul Con

December 1st, 2010
4:35 pm

He deserves it. He kicked it twice and made it both times. Course, his name is so close to Matt Ryan’s that maybe the QB got player of the week and there was some confusion.

Blake

December 1st, 2010
4:59 pm

It’s a thankless job!….Kudos to Mr Bryant…

Falconfever

December 1st, 2010
5:10 pm

I hope Abe is able to play… last night on NFL network they replayed sunday’s game…. Abe was in the locker room “coaching” the team up…. “9-2 is something special…. ” he has become a valuable team leader….

The Dogkiller Returns

December 1st, 2010
5:24 pm

If I had a time machine, I’d take Matt Bryant back to 2009 and kidnap Shankapotamus, so Bryant could take his place for a few certain games.

On second thought, I would kidnap Eugene Robinson the night before Superbowl XXXIII to keep him out of trouble.

SawThat1nce

December 1st, 2010
5:59 pm

Exactly how many games did the Falcons lose last year due to missed FGs by their kicker?

F-Troop

December 1st, 2010
6:57 pm

Braynt’s a pro. Knows what to do and how to do it. What more can you ask? Congrats to him.

On the game-tying GB TD, you could see Abe kneeling down in pain as Rodgers was scrambling. Everybody’s a bit banged up this time of year. So let’s grind ‘em down.

Five 5 more. One. At. A. Time.

The Bucs are as physical as they come. Be cautious because A) we’re on the road against a tough opponent, and B) individual awards aside, we haven’t achieved anything yet.

waynester

December 1st, 2010
7:20 pm

Like a lot of us, I was deeply concerned about Bryant during preseason but thankfully, he has proven me wrong. Going back to Tampa has got to be tough for Matt, given all that happened to his family while he was in TB. I can’t imagine losing my son and being able to overcome something so heartbreaking. The man must have a source of inner strength to endure. Hope he has a record-setting performance this weekend and a Falcons’ win….Thanks Matt and congrats…..