McCourty named AFC special teams player of week

McCourty named AFC special teams player of week
October 24, 2012, 5:08 pm
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New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty responds to a reporter's question during a media availability in front of his locker at the team's NFL football facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Devin McCourty has been named AFC special teams player of the week despite a costly fumble for the New England Patriots.

He received the honor on Wednesday for a 104-yard kickoff return in a 29-26 overtime win over the New York Jets last Sunday. The touchdown and extra point tied the game 7-7.

``That's more of a special teams, kickoff return award,'' McCourty said. ``When you look at that play, the returns were all guys blocking up front and me just catching the ball and running to where it's open.''

In the fourth quarter, he fumbled the kickoff after Nick Folk tied the score at 23 with a 43-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter. Antonio Allen recovered and Folk kicked another 43-yarder with 1:37 to go. The Patriots tied the game on Stephen Gostkowski's 43-yard field goal on the last play of regulation.