It was a game to remember for Harrison Butker last Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals behind a six field goal performance, and on Wednesday, the league recognized the veteran kicker for his efforts.
Butker was named the AFC "Special Teams Player of the Week" following the performance, which marked just the second time this season that a kicker connected on six or more field goals in a single game. Only Baltimore Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker, who converted six field goal attempts in Week 6, achieved that same feat this year. Additionally, the performance trailed only Cairo Santos' seven field goal game in 2015 for the most successful kicks in a single game in franchise history.
His efforts were critical, too, as the Chiefs chipped away at – and ultimately overcame – a 10-point deficit solely behind Butker's right leg. In fact, the veteran kicker was responsible for 18 unanswered points by the Chiefs' offense from midway through the second quarter until the end of the game, scoring the only points for either team during that stretch.
This marks Butker's fifth "Player of the Week" award of his career, and his first since Week 2 of the 2020 season. It was a fitting way to recognize what has been a truly remarkable campaign for Butker, who has connected on 31-of-33 field goal attempts – and all 37 extra-point tries – this season.
Butker will now aim to continue his exceptional season this upcoming Sunday and into the playoffs next week.