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Adam Vinatieri tops 50 career playoff field goals

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In the playoffs, we usually only notice kickers when they line up for a game-winning field goal. If he makes it, he’s a hero. If he misses it, he’s a choker. The rest of the time, we focus on the real football players.

So when Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri on Saturday became the first player in NFL history to reach 50 postseason field goals, it barely merited a mention: Vinatieri’s 50th career postseason field goal came in the second quarter with his team trailing by two touchdowns, and his 51st career postseason field goal came in the third quarter with his team trailing by one touchdown.

But Vinatieri deserves to be mentioned for the way he’s still kicking as well as ever, as the oldest player in the NFL at age 41. Vinatieri is the NFL’s postseason record holder for field goals (51), extra points (60) and total points (213).

Vinatieri has now played in 27 career playoff games, and he has made at least one kick in all of them. Only Jerry Rice has made more playoff appearances than Vinatieri.

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19 Responses to “Adam Vinatieri tops 50 career playoff field goals”
  1. mariorat says: Jan 12, 2014 10:38 AM

    Hall of Fame!

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 12, 2014 10:41 AM

    Vinatieri is a “real football player”. He’s made many score saving tackles on kick returns over the years and is actually quite a good tackler

  3. richwizl says: Jan 12, 2014 10:41 AM

    He’s número uno, no doubt about it. See ya in the HOF.

  4. slaugin says: Jan 12, 2014 10:42 AM

    Greatest kicker of all time. He will be in the Hall of Fame

  5. z06vision says: Jan 12, 2014 10:43 AM

    Best kicker ever.

  6. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 12, 2014 10:48 AM

    Congrats to Adam…a real class act!

  7. cuda1234 says: Jan 12, 2014 10:49 AM

    And isn’t he one of the primary reasons Belichick and Brady have all those rings?

  8. cubano76 says: Jan 12, 2014 10:51 AM

    HOF’er.

  9. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 12, 2014 10:57 AM

    This man is a HoF player without a doubt. He has been one of the best kickers for his entire career and handled himself as an even better person.

    While Gostkowski has been a very solid replacement and is making his own legacy for NE, Vinatieri will ALWAYS be a Patriot. His contributions are no less significant than the other big players he played with while getting those championships.

  10. knicksmets says: Jan 12, 2014 10:59 AM

    Good for him!

  11. quentinsands says: Jan 12, 2014 11:43 AM

    Vinatieri should make it into the Hall of Fame the first year he’s eligible. Gostkowski is very good in his own right but letting Vinatieri go was one of the worst decisions the Pats ever made. No kicker in history was ever as clutch when the entire season was on the line.

  12. eviltwin007 says: Jan 12, 2014 12:04 PM

    @ytsejamer1
    Hate to break it to you but Vinateri has already said that he wants to retire a COLT!!!!

  13. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 12, 2014 12:04 PM

    I still find joy in the fact that all three of the Pat’s SB wins were by 3 points – which tells me they were due more to Adam Vinatieri than Tom Brady… plus the fact that the Pats haven’t won squat since they cut him, while he went on to win another ring with Indy shortly after…
    /chuckle

  14. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 12, 2014 12:40 PM

    It helps when you kick for good teams.

  15. osyrus1971 says: Jan 12, 2014 12:42 PM

    Adam deserves to be a HOF kicker. But as a Pats fan, I don’t want him to go in as a patriot. He scoffed at our offer to remain a part of the franchise in order to cash in from the Colts. Therefore, he should remain one.

  16. riverhorsey says: Jan 12, 2014 1:23 PM

    Until Ray Guy gets in to the HOF no other kicker or punter should.

  17. jrtaft says: Jan 12, 2014 2:03 PM

    if we’re going to put the best kickers and punters in the all of fame, we may as well put the best long snappers and gunners in the HOF as well – kickers are not football players, they’re kickers

  18. 8oneanddones says: Jan 12, 2014 2:04 PM

    People always say Brady owes his rings to Adam. Using that logic, so does Peyton Manning. Adam went 5 for 5 on the road in Baltimore in the divisional game that season. The Manning led colts won that game without scoring a touchdown.

  19. rarelyclever says: Jan 12, 2014 5:14 PM

    Tom Brady and Joe Montana both have more postseason points.

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