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Monday, September 24, 2012

NFL Week Three: Kickin' Overtime - Ryan Succop

In the season opener against the Falcons, Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 40 yard field goal attempt - hitting the upright. After yesterday's game, Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel commented:
"We had a little issue in the first game, but he's been working hard to be consistent. Today he was able to be consistent and put points on the board."
In the first quarter against the Saints, Succop hit a 25 yard field goal for the Chiefs first points. Score 7-3.

In the second quarter, he hit a 45 yarder, his longest of the day. The Chiefs trailed 10-6 at the half.

Entering the fourth quarter, the Chiefs trailed 24-13. Succop went to work. Field goals of 34 and 38 yards, along with a safety pulled them to within three points. With three seconds remaining, he tied the game with his fifth field goal of the day - a 43 yarder.

In overtime, Ryan Succop won the game with a 31 yarder, his sixth field goal of the game.
"The best part is our guys never gave up. We kept fighting, it was a huge team win and I’m just really excited to have had a part in it.”
The six field goals set a franchise record, surpassing the prior mark of five which was achieved four times by Nick Lowery, three times by Jan Stenerud and once by Succop:
"That’s very humbling … anytime you’re ever mentioned in the same sentence as those guys. Today our team needed it, and I was able to have an opportunity to go out and knock them through.It’s a testament for how well Thomas (Gafford) snapped and Dustin (Colquitt) held for me, and our line protected....

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I felt good over the ball all day. I just try to go out there and make every kick. I was trying to be ready to go out there and put a good stroke on it … I was able to hit the ball well all day, and it was great."
Lowery subsequently commented:
"Congratulations to Chiefs' excellent kicker and great guy Ryan Succop for his six awesome field goals and the game-tying and game-winners over the Saints yesterday! Records are made to be broken, and no one is more deserving of breaking my record for most FG's in a game!!"

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