When the 49ers re-signed punter Andy Lee last year to a six-year contract extension, the news flew under the radar.To most fans, after all, punters are just part of the furniture on Sunday afternoons. They come in when the offense has failed to move the ball and are expected to automatically boot the ball away and give their teams some relief.But for the Niners, Lee has been a rock-solid piece of their foundation since signing with the team as a sixth-round draft pick in 2004 out of the University of Pittsburgh, and this year has been no exception.This week, in fact, Lee was honored as the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his punting in the Niners' 31-17 victory over the Titans in Nashville. Three times in that game, Lee pinned the Titans inside their own 20-yard-line and on six punts he averaged a net 43.5 yards. The Titans tried to return two of them, getting a grand total of minus-1 yard.This season, Lee ranks third in the NFL with a 48.3-yard average, and is No. 5 in net average at 42.4. He's put 12 of his punts inside the opponents' 20 and has given up just 6.4 yards per return, which ranks seventh in the league.Now in his 10th season, Lee has a 46.1 career average...