DeSean Jackson will be named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in Sunday night's 45-38 win over the New York Giants.
It is the fourth time that the league has honored Jackson this season. He earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award after the Week 1 win over Carolina when he returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown. Jackson was also named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Month for September after averaging 22.2 yards per punt return in the first three games of the season. For his two-touchdown performance against Washington on Oct. 26, Jackson earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
On the punt return for a touchdown vs. the Giants, Jackson caught the ball near the left sideline at the Eagles' 28-yard line. Dimitri Patterson made the key block on the gunner Domenik Hixon. Giants linebacker Bryan Kehl got in front of Jackson, so he backed up which made Kehl fall to the ground. Jackson went up the sideline with Joselio Hanson in to help Patterson with Hixon. The only player with an angle at Jackson was punter Jeff Feagles, but there was enough room towards the sideline for Jackson to make a cut and blow by Feagles.
The punt return for a score was the third of Jackson's career, which set a new franchise record.
Jackson also had six catches in the game for a career-high 178 receiving yards which included a 60-yard touchdown reception. For the year, Jackson has 10 total touchdowns (7 receiving, 2 punt return and 1 rushing). Eight of those touchdowns were from 50 yards out or more and that tied a single-season NFL record ("Crazy Legs" Hirsch - 1951 and Devin Hester - 2007).
Jackson also leads the league with a punt return average of 17.8 yards. Patrick Crayton of the Cowboys is the only other punt returner with more than one touchdown this season.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:49 p.m., December 15