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Monday, December 10, 2012

NFL Week 14: Over 50 - Nick Novak & Rian Lindell

San Diego kicker Nick Novak opened the scoring in yesterday's game at Pittsburgh with a 51 yard field goal in the first quarter. The Chargers went on to win 34-24. It was only the fourth 50+ yard field goal ever kicked at notorious Heinz Field.
“It’s great to be a part of the guys who have made 50-plus yarders here. It’s difficult conditions here, and we actually got kind of lucky the rain held off until late. The wind wasn’t as bad as it could have been, so thank God for that. But it’s not just me who kicks those field goals. It’s everyone that’s involved, so it’s a team.”
In chilly and rainy Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, kicker Rian Lindell did not get a chance to attempt a 52 yarder. Leading 12-7 in the fourth quarter, head coach Chan Gailey opted to punt instead. The Bills went on to lose the game 15-12 to the Rams. Lindell, who has gone through several similar decisions so far this year, commented following the game:
“Dang it, I guess. I want to kick them all, you know what I mean?...
I always wonder about my future. I’m trying to keep a job every week, every practice."
Miami kicker Dan Carpenter made a 53 yarder in Miami's 27-13 loss to the 49ers.

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 53 yarder in the Colts 27-23 win over the Titans.

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