Vikings rookie kicker Blair Walsh has been named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 17 performance against the Green Bay Packers. Walsh sent the Vikings into the playoffs with a 29-yard field goal as time expired. He also connected on FGs of 54 and 37 yards in the 37-34 win. This was Walsh's second game-winning kick of the 2012 season – the first one came in Week #1 against Jacksonville.
This is Walsh's third Player of the Week honor this year. Until now, no Vikings rookie has ever won the Player of the Week Award three times in one season. In addition to his Week #1 honors, he also gained accolades after Week #15's victory over St. Louis.
Walsh has been named to his first Pro Bowl. He finished the regular season a perfect 10-10 on field goals of 50+ yards – an NFL record. He led the NFL in FGs with 35 and was 4th in scoring with 141 points. His 92.1% FG percentage is the best in NFL history by a rookie kicker. Walsh was 35 for 38 on the season and was 3rd in the NFL with 53 touchbacks.
Other Vikings kickers to win the award are: Fuad Reveiz, Gary Anderson, Eddie Murray and Ryan Longwell.