X-Pats kicker Gostkowski introduced the roller-coaster Titans that originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
And you thought that was Tom Brady’s first game outside New England.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski made his Monday night debut for the Tennessee Titans after spending the past 14 seasons with the Patriots.
Gostkowski appeared in just four matches for New England last season due to an injury – and let’s say that there was no war.
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36 years old Four kicks Tennessee’s season opener against the Denver Broncos, 1-for-4 on field goals and 1-for-2 on extra points.
But in a twist fitting for the man whose leg has won multiple Super Bowls, a kick Gostkowski played to play the game-winner: 25-yarder with 17 seconds to go to win the 16-14 Titans.
Regarding those memories, though.
Needless to say, Gostkowski had never lost three field goals in a game as a Patriot, and had a number one for his career stats on Monday night.
This is the first time in his career that Stephen Gostkowski has missed 3 FGs in a single game.
The Titans made only 44.4% FGA last season, the worst in the NFL.
This is the only time since 2001 when a team has made less than 60% of its FGA. pic.twitter.com/Ne05SwanvZ
– ESPN Stats and Information (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2020
Stefan Gostowski missed his first 3 FG attempts (1 blocked) as a Titan before finishing 4th and won the game #MNF.
Bad news: Gostkowski’s career FG pct dropped from 87.4 to 86.8, taking him from 9th time to 9th in a single game (minimum 50 AT).
Good News: @Titans Won.
– NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 15, 2020
The four-time pro bowler admitted that he was “embarrassed and disappointed” by his great performance, but the silver lining is that his singles erased his other four misses – and he’s still one of NFL history’s most clutches Is one of
Gostkowski’s former partner, Patriots offensive guard Shaka Mason, was proud to see those veterans. (Warning: tweet includes NSFW language).
So, how did Gostkowski rally to make his final kick after shaking four times earlier in the night? The cameras actually caught the former Patriot Sock out of your kicking leg At the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“When I was practicing in the summer, I practiced without socks the whole summer and then I started playing them,” Gostkoswki said after the game, via NFL.com.
“I mean, I would take off my pants to make that last kick to try something different.”
Fortunately, Gostkowski did not need to be completely isolated to improve to 1-0 with his new club – and has a better record than his ex-teammate, Brady.