NFL Player of the Week honors have had a nice two-week stay in Foxborough for the last two weeks, and honestly was close to staying there for a third. However, we’re going to move somewhere a little warmer this week and salute a member of the Arizona Cardinals. After all, how often is it that you get to name a kicker NFL Player of the Week? That’s the case with Cardinals placekicker Jay Feely. Let’s not mistake this for some quirky recognition though. Feely had the game of his life and an outing for the record books. In a 43-13 win over the Denver Broncos, Feely successfully connected on 5 field goals, converted 4 extra point attempts and even ran for a touchdown. That is why he is the Week 14 NFL Player of the Week.
Feely’s Sunday performance was noteworthy for several reasons. He became the first kicker in 40 years to run for a touchdown and kick 5 field goals in the same game. The 5 field goals also matched Feely’s career high. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that scored 22 uninterrupted points, the most since Hall of Famer Paul Hornung scored 24-straight in 1961. Hornung, who played running back and kicker for the Green Bay Packers, ran for three touchdowns and kicked the extra point for each one. Feely’s 22 were a little more unlikely because he’s strictly a kicker. Within the streak he kicked field goals of 36 and 48 yards, then ran for a 5-yard touchdown on a fake field goal, converted the extra point and finished it off with field goals from 55, 23 and 49 yards. After Feely’s fifth field goal in the 4th quarter, Feely had outscored the Broncos 22-3. How often will we see a performance like this from a kicker?
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