NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Chicago's Devin Hester, who ran a kickoff and punt back for touchdowns against Denver, was named NFC special teams player of the week Wednesday.
Hester won his third award this year and sixth of his career for a performance that included a 75-yard punt runback and an 88-yard kickoff return to help the Bears top the Broncos 37-34 in overtime.
Other NFC winners were San Francisco's Frank Gore and Minnesota safety Dwight Smith. In the AFC, the honors went to Cincinnati receiver Chad Johnson, New England cornerback Asante Samuel and Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee.
-- Gore rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers' 37-17 overtime win over Arizona.
-- Smith intercepted two passes, returning one 93 yards for a touchdown, in the Vikings' 41-17 rout of the New York Giants.
-- Johnson caught three touchdown passes in a 36-6 Bengals win over Tennessee, becoming Cincinnati's all-time leader for receptions with 537.
-- Samuel picked off two passes, one in the end zone late in the game, in the Patriots' 31-28 decision over Philadelphia.
-- Scobee booted five field goals and three extra points, scoring half of the Jags' total in a 36-14 victory over Buffalo.