KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harrison Butker’s fairy tale rookie campaign shows so signs of slowing down, the kicker adding another piece of hardware to his growing collection with the AFC’s special teams player of the month award.
Butker twice won the league’s special teams player of the week award, in Week 8 and again in Week 16. The rookie hit 15 of 18 field goals in December, trailing on San Francisco’s Robbie Gould with 18. He also captured the NFL’s special teams player of the month award in October.
The rookie played critical roles in three Chiefs’ win in December, including hitting the game-winning field goal in Sunday’s 27-24 win over Denver. He hit four field goals against Oakland in Week 14 and five more versus Miami in Week 16.
The Chiefs’ 41 field goals on the season ranks as the third-most in NFL history behind the 2011 San Francisco 49ers and the 2005 Arizona Cardinals.
Butker accounted for 38 of those field goals, which ranks tied for sixth in NFL history for a single season. Despite that accomplishment, Butker finished second in the league behind Gould with 39 field goals made. His 90.5 percent success rate ranked ninth in the league, and he finished fourth in the league in scoring with 142 points.
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