Patrick Peterson Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

In retrospect, this really isn't a surprise. After his game-winning, walk-off punt return for a touchdown Patrick Peterson was a lock for the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award. We seriously doubt it will be his last.

From the announcement:

Peterson returned a punt in overtime 99 yards for the game winning score, becoming the first player in NFL history with three punt return TDs in his first eight career games. It is the second-longest punt return in NFL history, trailing only the L.A. Rams Robert Bailey's 103-yard TD return vs. New Orleans on 10/23/94 and it also tied for the longest overtime play in NFL history, matching the 99-yard pass from Philadelphia's Ron Jaworski to Mike Quick on 11/10/85 vs. Atlanta. 

After just eight career games, Peterson's three punt return TDs tied the franchise career mark (Ollie Matson and Vai Sikahema). He also became the first player in franchise history to return three punts for TDs in a single season. Combined with his 82-yard punt return for a TD in week eight at Baltimore, Peterson also became the first player in franchise history to return a punt for a TD in back-to-back games.

 

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