The Miami Dolphins have had their share of troubles this season, but kicking isn’t one of them. Kicker Jason Sanders set a new team record for the most field goals in a game on Sunday.
The sophomore kicker, drafted in the 7th round of last year’s NFL draft, lined up for eight field goal tries against the New England Patriots, making seven of them to break a 20 year old team record for field goals in a game. Olindo Mare kicked six field goals for the Dolphins on October 17, 1999, coincidentally on the same field as Sanders’ feat (feet?).
“I think I’m confident with how I’m hitting it." Sanders said last Thursday. "I try to avoid all of the numbers and take it one week at a time. Quite honestly, I don’t even know what my percentage is right now and I don’t really want to know. I want to go out each week and treat it like a new week and build off the kicks that I’ve had like going into Sunday, building off that 51-yarder I had in this last week and use that confidence to get you through this week.”
Coming just one week after scoring the winning touchdown reception on a trick play against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sanders may very well be in line for player of the year for the Dolphins, as the one constant the team has been able to count on week in and week out.
"(We had) a lot of field goals. I think we moved the ball well today, but didn’t execute when we got down in the red area." said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I think he did a great job all day. Seven is a pretty remarkable number of field goals in a game. Every time we really needed it, he kept hitting them, especially that last one. That was a great kick.”
To put Sanders’ day in perspective, he was just the third kicker in NFL history to attempt eight field goals in a game, and the eighth in NFL history to connect on seven field goals in one game. It’s a team record that is sure to stick for many years to come.
Another cool coincidence: Sanders wears lucky jersey number seven.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter: @EJFootball
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