New England Patriots

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 10: Nick Folk #6 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal during the second half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

For the second year in a row, the first weekly NFL award won by a Patriots player is AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. And for the second year in a row, that player is kicker Nick Folk.

Folk earned the recognition as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 5 after hitting all four of his field goal attempts – including a game-winner in the final seconds – in the Patriots’ 25-22 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Folk hit kicks from 52, 52, 32, and 21 yards, with the final being the deciding play. He’s just the second kicker in Patriots history with multiple 50-plus yard field goals in a single game – Stephen Gostkowski had three such games, most recently in 2017.

This is the seventh time Folk has been named a Player of the Week in his career, and the third time it’s happened with the Patriots. He was honored in Weeks 9 and 12 last season – both games in which he also hit a game-winning kick. The most recent Patriot to win a Player of the Week Award before Folk this week was Gunner Olszewski in Week 13 last season, after his breakout performance against the Chargers.

With his performance on Sunday, Folk is now 14-of-15 on the season, with his lone miss the final kick against Tampa. The 36-year-old leads the NFL in field goals made, and his 93.3 field goal percentage is the highest among kickers with at least 12 attempts.

MORE: Patriots Personnel Report

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at