Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein showed all NFL kickers how do handle high-pressure kicks after ice attempts:
Kick the dang football 70 yards right down the middle.
With the Saints and Rams tied in overtime, Zuerlein lined up for a game-winning attempt from 57 yards. In an effort to make Zuerlein think about the kick for another minute, Saints head coach Sean Payton called a timeout.
It was the classic “icing of the kicker” tactic. And in an year where kickers have struggled in the clutch, it was a reasonable decision.
But in reality, Payton’s move gave Zuerlein’s adrenaline the time it needed to fully kick in, providing the kicker with superhuman strength.
He made a 57-yard field goal look like a chip shot … for a trip to the Super Bowl (!). That simply does not happen.
We didn’t have the NBC kick tracker in this broadcast, but one would have to think that it would have been good from close to 70 yards. He demolished that football for one of the best kicks in the game’s history.
It was certainly the most impressive.
That was good from 70.