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Monday, December 24, 2012

NFL Week 16: Back in the Groove - Stephen Gostkowski & Mason Crosby

New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski made field goal of 25, 49, and 38 yards during the Patriots 23-16 win over the Jaguars. His total scoring for the year now stands at 149 points, the highest total of his career.
"I avoid stats until the end of the year, because the times I’ve been caught up in stats, it hasn’t turned out well. The most important stat we talk about here is wins, and we’ve got 11 wins, and that’s awesome....
I broke that record that one year with all the extra points in a season [74 in 2007, an NFL record]. We have a good team, we have a good offense, so it’s a byproduct. You don’t make your own opportunities, you just take advantage of them....
Anything that I accomplish is because we have such a good, high-powered offense. You have opportunities, and I just need to take advantage of them. Points are points. I’ll look at it at the end of the year and say I could have done this, could have done that. It’s hard to compare yourself to other people on other teams, because every team is different. I just worry about what I do, how hard I’m working, and how well I’m executing."
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby made field goals of 26 and 48 yards in the Packers 55-7 blowout of the Titans. Perhaps more importantly, he did not have any misses this week.
"It means everything. This is a team. I’ve been through a lot with them, and I couldn’t ask for a better place to be. I’m going to keep battling. I put a lot into it. A lot of heart, a lot of work, a lot of detail into my preparation and I think my teammates see that. I want to go out there and be accountable and hold myself to a high standard so I execute for my team. Today that’s what ended up happening and I couldn’t ask for a better finish for today, and get that big win. We definitely were clicking on all phases....

I evaluate each kick the same. I definitely carry those kicks with confidence but we’ll evaluate them the same way. I’ll look at it analytically and make sure that everything’s how it should be. I kicked a lot of balls today. It was a good day. For me, it’s something to carry forward and continue to be accountable and make sure that I can help this team win....
I felt good with the preparation and how his day went, how the week went, building up to today. I’m just sticking to my stuff. Just working through it, hitting the ball, making kicks. I’m trying to make kicks in practice, so then I carry them and build them into a game. I think this week went as well as it could have and I felt like it built momentum coming into this game, and executed."
His fellow specialist, punter and holder Tim Masthay, commented afterward:
"I’ve been thinking that for a long time – that all we need is to go out and have one game where we making everything and it’ll be a real big confidence boost and will settle us down, make us feel normal again. So I thought that was really good."

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