New Orleans Saints
Wil Lutz hit both kicks flush, he said.
Hit ’em both on the screws, and probably wouldn’t have changed a thing about the snap-hold-kick operation.
But on Sunday, against the Minnesota Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, hitting both field goal attempts perfectly didn’t yield the perfect result for the New Orleans Saints kicker in a 28-25 loss to the Vikings.
The first, a 60-yard attempt with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter, sailed through the uprights with room to spare, evened the score at 25-25 and gave Lutz the second-longest field goal in franchise history, topped only by Tom Dempsey’s then-NFL record 63-yarder in 1970.
The second, a 61-yard attempt with two seconds remaining in regulation, looked good until it didn’t – it struck the left upright, caromed down onto the crossbar and ricocheted back into the end zone to preserve Minnesota’s three-point gap and victory.
“Honestly, they were the same two kicks,” Lutz said. “Unfortunately, the second one had one more yard to move than the first one. I thought they were both in. I hit them both on the screws, played them right-third, knowing the ball was going to move a little left. The second one just moved a little more left. Kind of shocked it didn’t bounce in. It’s frustrating.”