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Monday, December 10, 2012

NFL Week 14: NFC East - Kai Forbath & Dan Bailey

Two former Lou Groza Award winners.

Two game winning kicks.

Two victories for the NFC East over the AFC North.

Washington kicker Kai Forbath continued the perfect start to his NFL career yesterday, hitting field goals of 48 & 49 yards in the third quarter and then making  34 yarder in overtime to give the Redskins a 31-28 win over the Ravens.
“I was trying to just think about it like being out at practice every day. I just tried to stay calm, just make good contact with it and knock it through....

I don’t really remember it. It all just happened so fast. Sav [Rocca] was picking me up. I didn’t know what was going on. My helmet came over my eyes. The feeling was just awesome.”
Forbath's other fellow specialist, long snapper Nick Sundberg, coomented on the characteristics that have led to the kicking success:
“It just says a lot about his preparation and his mentality as a kicker just to not let things that he can’t control get to him,”  said. “There are so many external factors — wind, rain, the field being sloppy — that a lot of guys let get in their mind. He’s nails....

Muscle memory is a crazy thing. As specialist, it’s one thing that we rely on more than anything. We go out there and turn our brain off, don’t think about anything and just do what your body knows how to do. He trusts himself, and I think that’s one of his biggest upsides.” 
Shortly afterward, Forbath discussed his thoughts on the kick and the win:
“It hasn’t really hit me yet. But definitely, those are the moments that kickers want, and when they come, you’ve got to take advantage of them, and thankfully we did.”
Just moments before Forbath hit his final kick, and just one day after the death of Dallas linebacker Jerry Brown, kicker Dan Bailey gave the Cowboys a win. On the final play of the game he hit a 40 yard field to give them a 20-19 win over the Bengals.

"Obviously, there’s a lot on the line in those kicks, but you try to put that aside and just go out there and trust yourself and put it through....

I don’t think anybody on this team will [forget this game], for any reason. It’s definitely special.... I don’t know if it’s really going to sink in now. Maybe down the road, maybe over the next couple of weeks, it’ll start to sink in. I definitely won’t forget this game."

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