New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance against the New York Jets.
During Monday nights win, Folk converted three extra points and went a perfect 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts, including a game-winning, 51-yarder as time ran out to give the Patriots a come from behind 30-27 victory.
It is the third Player of the Week Award for Folk during his 14-year career and the first since he won the award twice in 2013. It is the first Player of the Week Award selection for the Patriots in 2020.
Folk entered Monday night’s game questionable with a back injury but explained postgame he felt well enough to play.
“(I) felt good enough to kick,” said Folk. “I didn’t want to let the guys down. I wanted to play, help them out any way I could. We came up with a good plan, and I think it worked out. I think Jake (Bailey) was more of an emergency this week more than any other week. I don’t think Jake ever thought he was going to have to go in. It was more of getting a feel as a super emergency, uber emergency.”
During his postgame press conference, head coach Bill Belichick had nothing but praise for his veteran kicker.
“Nick did a great job,”Belichick said. “He’s a tough kid. He came through for us, obviously, in a big way. He’s really been consistent for us over the last year-and-a-half. There couldn’t be a bigger kick, and he put it right down the middle. Awesome job on his part.”
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Through eight games with the Patriots in 2020, Folk is 14-for-16 on field goals and has converted 14-of-15 extra-points.
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