So Nick Novak Can Make a Clutch Kick…

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak (9) kicks the winning field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

There is something inside all of Chargers fans that had doubts when Nick Novak lined up for that final game winning field goal. We have seen so much of Nate Kaeding in the past and have seen that disappointment come through many times in the past. Those past memories were all going through our minds as we handed the ball off to Danny Woodhead for a yard here and there to prep for a field goal.

Nick Novak trots onto the field and I could barely watch what was about to unfold. The snap. The kick. As the ball is in the air, I expect a sudden left turn on it that leaves me disappointed all over again.

This time around, the football stayed straight and flew right through the center of the uprights. Is it true that we have a kicker that doesn’t crack under the pressure now? When we get to the playoffs, he will be able to make the easy chip shot?

It is big to have that confidence in the kicker late in the game. Nick Novak made the big clutch kick and I look forward to seeing him kick it right through the uprights again.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • hard charger

    December 2009, versus Cincinnati, Kaeding 3 seconds left, 52 yards for the win. I’m not a huge Kaeding fan but its not as though he never hit a clutch field goal. Forget the post season though…he was a choker.

  • Stefanie Smith

    It’s in the past. Like the Charger players, we have to move on now. Thinking about the past negatives sometimes makes them materialize.

    • arnie

      Agreed. If this team really has a “clean slate”, then we have to evaluate this team on what they do in 2013.

  • tubbs45

    All I gotta say is we slowed the insane paced Chip offense. Your bound to trip if you go fast all of the time, especially when you leave 1:45 on the clock for an offense that had proven your Defense was hot garbage.
    Nick Novak, loved the excitement, but please no more soccer slides after the victory. We dont need you blowing out your knee doing something stupid!!!
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/exercise.gif

    • Stefanie Smith

      Interesting, tubbs.I agree. He was so focused on the goofy pictures and the offense, Kelly totally lost the forest for the trees. Lost the big picture.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      He wasn’t soccer sliding, Tubbs… he was just trying to take a leak on the DL again, and didn’t have anything to hide behind this time ; )

  • arnie

    Ernie, when you deal with the elephant in he room, and change the mentality, I’m not surprised he made it.

  • joerockt

    How quickly we forget. Kadeing was clutch multiple times for many years during the regular season. It was his post season work that never got it done.

    Remains to be seen how he’ll do in the playoffs.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      yea… i remember… it just has been so long since we have seen that clutch kick made.

      • 1961 Fan

        Just like Rivers, Kaeding was all stats but in the post season – No Trophy!

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Have to admit… after his preseason miss, I was holding my breath. I’ve been hard on him about his leg strength these last few weeks, but he got it done. Good job.

    • Gunnar Martin

      This is a HUGE confidence booster from him. Expect to see him do stuff like this again and again now.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Now who does this NOT remind me of…?

    Sorry Nate, you were awesome most of the time, but you earned every bit of the disrespect people now give you.

  • Bill Nichols

    Loved the kick, and of course the “W”. But why did we run those plays at the end? Why didn’t we try to get more yards? I was kind of freaking out, screaming at the TV, for them to try and pick up more yards, or even a first down. Seemed like we had forever, just totally made me insane there towards the end. Of course, until he nailed the kick, and there was literally zero time left…. Bolt Up!!

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