Josh Brown Named NFC Special Teams POTW

In a battle of NFC West division rivals, Seattle's Josh Brown capped a wild finish with a game-winning 54-yard field goal as time expired in the Seahawks' 30-28 come-from-behind victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Brown became the first kicker since 1997 (Pete Stoyanovich) with a game-winning field goal of at least 54 yards on the game’s final play with his team trailing at the time, and is the only player in NFL history to kick three field goals of at least 49 yards in the fourth quarter (49, 49, 54).

The former seventh-round draft pick now has four career game-winning field goals on the final play, including two of at least 50 yards – his other 50+ yard game-winner earned him his first Player of the Week Award (Week 7, 2005).

In Week 1 of this season, Brown kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal as time ran out against the Detroit Lions to give Seattle a 9-6 win.

In his fourth season from Nebraska, this is Brown’s second career Player of the Week Award.

On Monday, Brown talked about what goes through his mind before attempting sich clutch kicks. “It is just like any other time this has happened,” he said. “It is an opportunity for me to be by myself and try to get ready for the moment, I try not to get nervous in this situation. I like to take the opportunity and just focus. That is my chance to get ready to do my job. I am pretty serious about it.”

Are those the moments he lives for? “Absolutely. They make and break you, I think. Obviously the confidence that will carry from this game will last the rest of the season as long as we can continue to be successful.”

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck values his kicker, to be sure. “He’s a great guy,” Hasselbeck said on Monday. “Kickers get a bad rap. He’s a really good guy, fun to be around, kind of a rock star. I think he was on the radio playing music the other day with Craig Terrill. He can kick touchbacks, 54-yard game winners. We’re lucky to have him.”

Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren added to Brown’s Chorus of Validation when he talked about Brown’s range, and the fact that “I’m not so sure he couldn’t of kicked one longer. He kicked a 49-yard field goal during the game. He was really hitting it very well. The longer it is the (more the) odds are against you,” the coach said. “We were trying to get as much (yardage) as we could. At that point with the time being what it was, and I did not want to turn the ball over, or have Matt hit, or something screwy happen, we were saying we’re going to get as close as we can, but we know it’s going to be a long field goal…

”Josh is a happy-go-lucky guy and he loves playing, and he understands his job and his role, and he’s a good player. He’s a good kicker. He’s gone through it now. He’s missed some tough ones. He missed a tough one yesterday, the one that hit all the posts (with 9:37 left in the third quarter, Brown missed a 34-yard field goal that bounced off the left upright, then the right upright, then fell to the turf in front of the goalpost), and that was a much easier kick.

”I think sometimes with a longer field goal, some of the pressure is taken off the kicker,” Holmgren continued. "I wouldn’t begin to explain that part of it. I don’t understand it half the time. I think they’re going ‘if you make it, great, if you don’t, it was long, who kicks them over 50 yards.’ Maybe they’re looser. He drilled the long ones. He really did.”

Through the first six weeks of the 2006 season (five games for Seattle), Brown ranks 14th in the NFL in total points with 36, tied for 11th in field goal percentage (66.7%) and tied for 6th in field goals made (8). Top Stories