The Arizona Cardinals are 11-2 in part because of the leg of kicker Chandler Catanzaro, whose field goal in the final two minutes of their game against the Minnesota Vikings put them in the lead and were the deciding points. His play against the Vikings has earned him league honors, as he was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 14.
Catanzaro connected on his second game-winning field goal attempt in the past four weeks when he made a season-long 47-yard attempt with 1:23 remaining to give the Cardinals the three point victory. He hit the first game-winning field goal of his career in the Cardinals Week 11 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Catanzaro made all three of his field goal attempts (27, 23, and 47 yards) and both PATs against Minnesota. For the season he has made 25 of 27 field goal attempts and 44 PATs, giving him 119 points, the third most in the NFL this season and tied for the third most (Neil Rackers-2008) in team history.
This is Catanzaro's third career selection as "Special Teams Player of the Week" in two NFL seasons. He previously won the award twice as a rookie following the Cardinals Week 15 win at St. Louis and vs. Washington in Week 6 of 2014. With his third selection, Catanzaro is now tied for the most "Special Teams Player of the Week" selections by a kicker in team history (Chris Jacke, Bill Gramatica).
Catanzaro is the fourth different Cardinals player to be selected as "Player of the Week" this season and the second player to be chosen as "Special Teams Player of the Week" after David Johnson was honored following the Cardinals Week 2 win at Chicago. Tyrann Mathieu was selected as "Defensive Player of the Week" after Arizona's Week 3 win vs. San Francisco and Larry Fitzgerald was chosen as "Offensive Player of the Week" following the Week 2 victory at Chicago.