Kickers Come Up Clutch in Week Three


By WVUA 23 digital reporter Hunter De Siver

Week two of the NFL season helped get NFL superstars like Aaron Rodgers and Derrick Henry back to their elite status. Week three had several games go down to the wire that made kickers hit game-winning field goals.

Thursday Night Football:

On Thursday night, the Carolina Panthers remained undefeated in 24-9 win vs the Houston Texans. While this game didn’t needed a clutch kick, a serious injury occurred.

The definitive best running back in the NFL, Christian McCaffrey, left with an ankle injury in the second quarter. The injury will leave him out for a few weeks.

Sunday (12 p.m. games)

The Baltimore Ravens found themselves in a close game with the Detroit Lions thanks to Ravens receiver Marquise Brown dropping multiple touchdowns.

Down 17-16 with 26 seconds left in regulation, quarterback Lamar Jackson converted on fourth-and-19 for a 36-yard catch by receiver Sammy Watkins.

With three seconds left, kicker Justin Tucker lined up for what would be an NFL record 66-yard game winning field goal. The definitive best kicker in the NFL nailed it as the Ravens won 19-17 as time expired.

Two young and talented AFC West teams clashed in Kansas City as the Los Angeles Chargers took on the Chiefs.

Second year quarterback Justin Herbert outdueled legend in-the-making quarterback Patrick Mahomes with four touchdown passes in a 30-24 win.

The Chiefs are now last in their division with a record of 1-2. The Chiefs were one of the Super Bowl favorites before the season kicked off.

The New York Giants hosted the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium.

In a low-scoring game, the Falcons found themselves tied at 14 apiece with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Former MVP quarterback Matt Ryan led the Falcons down the field after two 25+ yard plays to set up a game-winning 40-yard field goal by kicker Younghoe Koo as time expired.

Sunday (3 p.m. games)

The undefeated Las Vegas Raiders faced a challenge against the Miami Dolphins. They were down 14-0 at one point, but quickly came back.

The Dolphins scored a touchdown and a two point conversion with two seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game!

However, in overtime, the Raiders took it down to the last second for kicker Daniel Carlson to hit 22-yard field goal to win 31-28 as time expired.

The Los Angeles Rams outplayed the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 34-24 win. This was expected to be the best game of the week.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 432 yards and is 68 yards from passing Drew Brees as the all-time leader.

To make things even more poetic, Brady will return to Foxborough in week four to face off against former coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots to break the record.

Sunday Night Football

The San Francisco 49ers hosted the Green Bay Packers in a matchup between two Super Bowl contenders.

The Packers started off hot as legendary quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 17-7 lead at halftime.

However, the 49ers stormed back in the second half.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby hit a 38-yard field goal to put Green Bay up 27-21 with 2:39 left in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers quickly hustled down field and scored a touchdown to take a 28-27 lead with 37 seconds left.

Packers had no timeouts remaining.

Rodgers found all-pro receiver Davante Adams on two consecutive big plays. They were able to spike the ball with three seconds left.

Crosby then hit a 51-yard field goal as time expired and gave the Packers a 30-28 thrilling win.

Monday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys dominated rival Philadelphia Eagles all night long. They won by a score of 41-21.

Week three was all about game winning field goals. Who knows what week four’s theme will be?

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