Former Rice standout Chris Boswell, who has smashed team rookie kicking records after joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in October, was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. The time frame for the award covered the four weeks in December in addition to the final regular season weekend in January.
Boswell scored 51 points over the final five weeks of the regular season as the Steelers finished by winning four of five to qualify for the playoffs as a wild card. He was 12 for 14 on field goal attempts, leading all kickers in field goals made, and 15 of 15 on his PATs in the five games. He was the only player to total 50 or more points in that span.
Against the Colts on Dec. 6 he was three-for-four on field goal attempts, including a 51-yard field goal to tie his career long set against Arizona on Week 6. He matched a single-game career high by making four field goals against Cincinnati on Dec. 13, and accounted for a single-game career-high 15 points in the game. Against the Broncos he accounted for 10 points, tying a team record for scoring at least 10 points in sixth straight games. Boswell also added two field goals against the Browns in the regular season finale.
Boswell set Steelers’ records for rookie/first-year kickers for points in a season with 113, field goal percentage at 90.6 and most field goals made with 29.
The Steelers will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Saturday night in the opening round of the playoffs.