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Jason Sanders Earns Second AFC Special Teams POTW Award

For the second time this season, Sanders has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Sanders became the first NFL kicker in 42 years to catch a touchdown pass when he was on the receiving end of “Mountaineer Shot,” the incredible gadget play that saw punter Matt Haack line up as the only player behind center Daniel Kilgore and then throw a no-look shovel pass to Sanders for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal.

Along with his touchdown, Sanders kicked a key 51-yard field goal that gave the Dolphins a 37-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Sanders became the first Dolphins player since 2010 to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice in one season — kicker Dan Carpenter was honored for his performances in Week 6 and Week 8 that season.

Sanders won the award for his Week 10 efforts when he kicked four field goals, including three beyond 45 yards in the Dolphins' 16-12 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.

That award marked the first time a Dolphins kicker earned Player of the Week honors since Week 2 of 2017 season when Cody Parkey was honored for his performance in a 19-17 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.


Sanders is one six Dolphins kicker to be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The others are Parkey, Carpenter (four times from 2008-10), Olindo Mare (1999), Joe Nedney (1996) and Pete Stoyanovich (1995).

Haack earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award last season for his performance against the New York Jets in Week 9.

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