FGs Keep Coming For Succop

From Arrowhead Stadium

Hitters, pitchers, golfers, quarterbacks, three-point shooters – they all talk about the zone, that fantasy place in their sporting world where everything seems to flow perfectly and it shows in performance.

Ryan Succop is in that type of zone. The Chiefs kicker was four-for-four in the Chiefs victory on Sunday over Green Bay. It was his quartet of three-pointers that really keyed his team’s chance to win the game because they were with one brief exception, always leading and never forced to play from behind.

Those field goals of 19, 32, 46 and 20 yards now gives him 21 consecutive field goals, the second longest such streak in franchise history.

“Everything really felt good,” Succop said afterwards. “That long one was a bit interesting, but sometimes you have to push through and we were able to get it.”

Long snapper Thomas Gafford was a bit high on his snap on the 46-yard attempt. That forced holder Dustin Colquitt out of his set spot so he could reach up and pull the ball down. Frequently, that can throw a kicker off his rhythm.

But when he’s in the zone, it’s no big deal.

“I don’t worry about that stuff because those two guys are so good at what they do, I know they are going to have it down and I’m going to have a chance to kick the ball,” Succop said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in those guys and that helps me a lot.”

Succop has not really paid much attention to his streak. He’d much rather talk about how important those four field goals were to the Chiefs being able to hang on and top any comeback attempt by the Packers.

“This was a great team win today,” Succop said. “That’s what counts. That’s what matters to me.”

His 21 consecutive FGs is the longest such streak in the league right now and just one behind the Chiefs team record set by Pete Stoyanovich in 1997-98. It’s considerably behind the league record of 42 set by Mike Vanderjagt of Indianapolis from 2002-04.


Rnk Kicker Season # Field goals made
1. Pete Stoyanovich 1997-98 22 42,29,41,45,25,52,41,39,35,44,45,54,22,44,27,40,40, 48,30,25, 28, 19
2. Ryan Succop 2011 21 33,40,24,51,54,22,36,47,30,43,32,26,41,49,40,21,53, 19,32,46,20
  Nick Lowery 1990 21 36,48,41,25,30,24,36,37,35,36,19,32,45,33,35,32,19,30,43,32,38
  Nick Lowery 1991 21 41,40,24,22,32,48,25,33,20,44,19,27,34,22,20,28,36,39,29,18,33

Comments are closed.

Get the Flash Player to see the slideshow.


Other News