Sebastian Janikowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time this season, Sebastian Janikowski has earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, the team announced today.

He earned the title by hitting five field goals on Sunday - two from outside 50 yards - for all 15 of the Raiders points in their shutout victory over the Chiefs. He just missed a sixth field goal from 51 yards out when it snuck just left of the upright. It was his first miss of the season inside 60 yards.

His best field goal of the game came in the final seconds of the first half when he nailed a 57-yarder to send the Raider into halftime up 9-0. It was his longest field goal of the season. He finished with field goals from 57, 50, 41, 30, and 20 yards.

This is the second time this season he has earned an award. He had been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October. He has not missed from inside 50 yards all seasons; with his misses coming from 64, 61, and now 51.

Janikowski, a 6-foot-1, 258-pound veteran from Florida State, has earned the weekly honor for the seventh time in his 13-year career. Most recently, the AFC honored him on Sept. 14, 2011, after he tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in a season-opening win at Denver. Janikowski this year also earned the AFC's October Special Teams Player of the Month.

The last time Janikowski was named Special Teams Player of the Week was following the 2011 seasons opener against the Broncos in which he tied the all time longest field goal in NFL history (63 yards).

He came into this game tied with Morten Anderson for the most field goals of 50 yards or more and took over sole possession of the spot with his 50-yarder in the second quarter.

Janikowski is the favorite to go to the Pro Bowl this season due to his perfect 23 for 23 inside 50 yards (only 7 kickers in history have done that over a full season) and hitting more than twice as many field goals outside of 50 yards than any other kicker in football (6-9).

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