Stephen Gostkowski back on track
|10.23.12 at 1:21 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Before Sunday, Stephen Gostkowski had failed in his biggest clutch moment of the season, missing what would have been a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation in a two-point loss to the Cardinals.
Gostkowski corrected his reputation Sunday, hitting a 43-yard game-tying field goal late in regulation against the Jets before drilling a 48-yarder in overtime to give the Pats the lead for good in overtime.
“I mean, it was positive for everyone,” Gostkowski said Tuesday. “We won and I got a chance to help the team and I came through. It was fun and it was a good feeling to come out with a win, a division win against a team that we like to beat.”
Because of the new overtime rules, Gostkowski’s kick didn’t end the game, allowing the Jets to potentially tie the game with a field goal of their own or win the game with a touchdown. Neither of those happened, as a Mark Sanchez fumble that was recovered by Rob Ninkovich sealed the win for New England. As such, Gostkowski’s field goal wasn’t quite as dramatic, but it got the job done.
“No, I knew the rules,” he said with a laugh. “It kind of stunk because there would have been a lot more reacting and fun if we could have celebrated a little differently, but a win’s a win. It’s not about me or being able to celebrate. It was fun to win.”
Gostkowski is now 6-for-6 on field goal attempts over the last three weeks. As for the missed field goals, the veteran kicker said they’re all painful, regardless of circumstance.
“I try to keep the same focus whether it’s the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter kick because there have been games where I’ve made or missed kicks that we’ve ended up winning by three, or that three points could have really helped,” he said. “The dramatics of it might change when you look back at it, but during games I want to make every kick. If I were to miss a kick in the first quarter, I’d be just as upset as if I missed one at the end of the game.”
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