Stefan Gostkowski overcame a nightmare of the game to score the winning field goal from 25 yards with 17 seconds remaining on Monday, leading the Tennessee Titans to a 16–14 victory.
Gostkowski’s meltdown nearly cost the Titans in football Monday night against the season opener. It should have been closer than Tennessee’s win over host Bronco, as Gostkowski missed three field goals and one extra point, putting 10 points on the board.
“It’s tough. It’s part of the situation. It’s a very fickle situation,” he said. “This is definitely an opportunity I was not entitled to, but thankful that I got this team and the people who went there and busted their butt. I really put them in a difficult place. ”
Entering the game, the 15-year veteran had never lost three field goals in a game. Gostkowski was off the mark from 47 and 42 yards and blocked a 44-yard try. He has now missed an extra point attempt in four consecutive matches.
“You don’t always get a chance to capitalize on yourself,” Gostkowski said. “But I am happy that people were celebrated. I am disappointed in myself and ashamed and disappointed, but at the end of the day, we won, and fortunately, people are going home happy.”
Gostkowski joined former Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parke, now with the Cleveland Browns, as the only kickers in the last 10 seasons to miss four kicks in a win.
Last season with the Patriots, Gostkowski made seven of eight field goal attempts before being placed on injured reserve in October. The Patriots released Gostkowski in March. The 36-year-old kicker underwent hip surgery during the offseason and was picked up by the Titans.
Tennessee signed Gostkowski for a year, at $ 2.75 million, a move that was supposed to shore up his kicking game. To make room for Gostkowski, the Titans released kicker Greg Joseph 11 days before the season opener.
“I just came here, and I come out of here and play like that,” Gostkowski said. “For people to still support me and still have my back was very calm. And that’s the good thing about team sports: You win and lose as a team. Obviously, a situation like mine. , Everyone sees it when you are screwed. I was thankful for the opportunity at the end – ‘Because people deserve to win.’
According to ESPN Stats and Information Research, the Titans are 1-for-9 for field goal attempts in their last nine regular-season games. Tennessee made just 44.4% of its field goal attempts last season, much worse than the next team (Jets, 67.9%). This was the only time since 2001 when a team made less than 60% of their field goal attempts.