New England Patriots’ Gostkowski discusses game winner

Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a field goal to win the game as punter Ryan Allen (6) holds during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski admitted that the kicking game needs some work after today’s 23-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

While Gostkowski was a perfect 3 for 3, the kicker recognized that some of the kicks weren’t the prettiest – either from his perspective or from that of the spectator.  He made kicks of 48, 33, and the game winner of35-yards, on the afternoon.

The eighth year kicker discussed the game winner with’s Zuri Berry:

“It wasn’t the smoothest operation,” Gostkowski admitted in the interview. “I had to make an adjustment. Ball came out a little low. I was lucky it didn’t get blocked. But any time there is a little glitch in whatever the operation is, it’s my job to adjust.

“Those guys do such a great job. They bail me out sometimes and I bail them out sometimes. And it just worked out for everyone. It’s never perfect, that why we practice all the time.”

Gostkowski also discussed his precarious looking 48 yard field goal.

“Maybe it wasn’t our smoothest operation, but it doesn’t really matter what it looks as long as the results good,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll go back and look at it and tighten it up. We’re – me, Danny [Aiken] and Ryan [Allen] – we’re perfectionists. I’m sure there are other snaps and holds that he probably felt could’ve been better. And I’m sure a couple of my kicks could’ve been better. Nothing is ever perfect, you just kind of work to do the best you can every time.”

Even on a perfect day from the field, NFL players — including the kicker — are always looking to improve.

Topics: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, NFL, Stephen Gostkowski

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