From zero to Folk hero

New York Jets placekicker Nick Folk has been a clutch performer in his four seasons with the team. Find out how the seven-year veteran is able to stay cool, calm and collected in pressure packed situations; particularly his game-winning kick last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jets Start the Season with a Win: Folk Kicks Game-Winning Field Goal.

Just when everyone thought the New York Jets would not come back from a laundry list problems stemming from last season, they opened the 2013 campaign with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18-17 this past Sunday.

The Jets have obviously been working hard this summer changing their offensive coordinator, quarterback and general manager; all of which factored into the heart pounding win in their first game this season.

One of the big plays that sealed the victory was the game-winning field goal made by Nick Folk, proving he earned his roster spot. With only two seconds left, Folk clinched the win by knocking through a 48-yard field goal.

The spot of the kick wasn't guaranteed until a flag was thrown after Gang Green's rookie quarterback Geno Smith was knocked out of bounds.

"I was out around the 40-yard line and I was ready to hit it from there," said Folk. "From where he got pushed out, I think there were seven seconds left and I wasn't sure if we were going to try and run one more play and then get out of bounds. Then I saw the flag fly up and I knew the kick was going to be closer."

But even after some missed field goals last season and the circumstances of this game, Folk was ready.

"I like the situation," admitted Folk. "I don't find it intimidating and I just face the pressure. I'm still learning and I'm trying to get better."

In the last four season openers for the New York Jets, Folk has successfully connected all 10 of his field goal attempts for a 100% completion rate in openers.

But can both Nick Folk and the New York Jets keep up their opening game rhythm for the rest of the season? Or will there be more embarrassing moments ahead?

Folk is ready to go with a career-high 56-yard field goal under his belt. No easy feat. Folk believes in the team as well.

"This team is very resilient from the training camp and preseason," noted Folk. "Last year and the year before we weren't as resilient. We know what we can do and I don't think we have any doubt in our mind that we can improve more."

The Jets face the New England Patriots Thursday at 8:30 EST in Foxborough.

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