INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At age 43, Adam Vinatieri hasn’t mislaid a thing.
The NFL’s oldest actor is still kickin’ it with guys roughly half his age. If anything, a best purchase kicker in NFL story seems to be improving with age.
On Sunday, Vinatieri done all 5 margin idea attempts, including dual from some-more than 50 yards, to assistance a Indianapolis Colts get past a Chicago Bears 29-23.
“He is only money,” manager Chuck Pagano said. “Twenty-one years (in a league), 43 years old, all that stuff, and producing and doing a things that he’s doing, it’s only incredible.”
Aside from a graying temples and a relaxing voice in a locker room, there’s no spirit Vinatieri’s finish is nearing.
Instead, he continues to play a diversion like a immature kid.
The four-time Super Bowl champion has done a career-high 5 margin goals in 6 regular-season games. It’s a initial time he achieved a attainment given 2013 — and it comes some-more than dual decades after his initial miracle day, Sept. 22, 1996 opposite Jacksonville.
If that’s not adequate to marvel at, there is this: Vinatieri has done 38 true margin goals dating to final season, a career high, and he needs 5 some-more to mangle Mike Vanderjagt’s record, set from 2002-04. Vanderjagt was Vinatieri’s prototype in Indy (2-3).
Still not enough?
Vinatieri extended his strain of margin goals done from 50 or some-more yards to nine, interjection to a 54-yarder in a initial entertain Sunday and a 53-yarder into a open window finish of Lucas Oil Stadium — a finish Vinatieri told a Fox promote group would substantially cost kickers about 5 yards on their range.
Naturally, Vinatieri still done it since he’s during his best when a Colts need him many .
“I’m only happy we done all a kicks today, went out there and helped put points on a board,” he pronounced in his typically low-key tone. “It was a good day.”
Meanwhile, 30-year aged kicker Connor Barth missed a 54-yarder into a sealed finish of a track and a 49-yarder after a Bears got a second possibility since a Colts were called for using into a kicker penalty.
That essential method stirred postgame questions about either a Bears (1-4) might try out some players this week.
“I consider a kicker missed one flog and we consider it was plus-50,” Chicago manager John Fox said. “I don’t know that that was his gift entrance in to start with, though we demeanour during all each week. we don’t consider that’s on one guy.”
In Indianapolis, it’s one of a few positions a Colts don’t worry about.
Time after time, Vinatieri has bailed a Colts out when a offense has bogged down or unfit chances, as was a box again Sunday when a Colts were called for check of diversion on third-and-4 from a Bears 23-yard line with 2:39 to go and following a timeout. Luck’s indirect pass to Phillip Dorsett in a front dilemma of a finish section fell incomplete.
But Vinatieri done a 46-yard margin goal, forcing Chicago (1-4) to win a diversion with a touchdown rather than promulgation it to overtime with another margin goal.
“We evangelise all a time, ‘Do your job,’ and it’s my pursuit to go out and try to put points on a board,” Vinatieri said. “I’m happy it’s going in there right now.”
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