New Orleans Saints: Wil Lutz embody’s clutch, winning his second game of the season
For the second time this season, New Orleans Saints’ kicker Wil Lutz kicks home a game-winning field goal.
The New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers game in New Orleans on Sunday saw a wild finish.
With a 31-31 tie game, the Saints went for a 4th and 1 and were denied by the Panthers’ front line. Carolina then went down the field and set up Joey Slye (the Panthers’ kicker) for a 28-yard field goal.
HE MISSED! (According to ESPN, no NFL kicker has missed from 28 yards in the last 233 attempts.)
The Saints hurried up and marched down the field and set up Wil Lutz for a game-winning 33-yard chip shot for Saints kicker. With no time remaining on the clock “Big Nutz” (his unofficial nickname, not ours for him) Wil Lutz came through again.
The Saints kicker has won yet another game that was put on his back.
Let’s flashback to Week 1 of the regular season. The Saints were in a heated battle with the Houston Texans.
The Texans took a 28-27 point lead with 37 seconds left in the game on a touchdown from Deshaun Watson to Kenny Stills from 37 yards out. After a touchback, Drew Brees drove the ball back down the field with the help of Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn.
With two seconds on the clock the Saints called a time out and brought in Wil Lutz, but back in week 1, it was from 58 yards that he hit the game-winning field goal. Once again, the season was started on a win off the back of kicker, Wil Lutz.
Lutz was seen after the game consoling Carolina Panthers kicker Joey Slye who missed the 28-yard go-ahead field goal for the Panthers with 1:59 seconds remaining.
Not only does Wil Lutz embody clutch in his veins, but he is also sympathetic to how hard a kicker’s job is in the NFL, especially when it comes down to winning big games.
According to Christopher Dab if Nola.com, “I always hate that part of the game. At the end of the day when it comes to specialists, it’s such a tight-knit community that you don’t want to win because of the specialist screws up. It’s hard to swallow to see him go through that.”
That was also not the first time that Lutz has made a game-winning field goal off of a drive from a missed field goal by the opposing team. Wil was seen consoling Cleveland Browns kicker Gonzalez after he missed a 50-yard field goal to win the game.
He also missed an extra point and another field goal in that game.
Wil Lutz is everything that the New Orleans Saints could want in a kicker. He walks around with ice in his veins and compassion in his heart. The city of New Orleans praises Lutz.