Wil Lutz calls game-winner vs. Texans 'top-1' moment of career

Lutz drills 58-yard field goals to beat Texans 30-28

Amos Morale III
September 10, 2019 - 12:22 am
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Wil Lutz had never been to the podium for his post-game press conference. But after drilling a 58-yard field goal to give the Saints a 30-28 victory against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, the kicker needed to meet the media in a spot usually utilized by Drew Brees and Sean Payton. 

Lutz said that standing at the podium was a surreal moment because it reminded him of his rookie debut where he missed a big kick that would’ve given the Saints a 37-35 win against the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 season opener.

“The only reason I thought about it was because Brad Seely, who’s their (special teams) coach (was on the sideline),” Lutz said. “He was the Oakland coach my first game ever when I missed a 61-yarder left and coach (Payton) stood up here and told me that he still had confidence in me. 

“It gives me chills thinking about that and here we are three years later. It’s pretty wild.”

Wild is a good way to describe the end of Monday nights matchup.

The Saints had just gotten the ball with 37 seconds left after Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson lead Houston on a two-play, 75-yard scoring drive to take a 28-27 lead. 

Brees was able to drive the Saints to the Houston 40-yard line on the ensuing series and set Lutz and the kicking unit up for a chance to give the Saints their first win in a season opener since 2013. 

Saints players and coaches all said they had confidence in Lutz as he trotted out to attempt the game-winner with two seconds left to play even after the 25-year old missed a 56-yard attempt at the end of the first half.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead even told him he’d win the game for them. But Lutz didn’t doubt himself. 

“I told them after my first miss that I wasn’t going to miss again and I truly felt that wherever the ball was I was gonna give it a chance,” he said. “We were able to get it done.”

Morstead, said he felt like a "proud papa" watching Lutz hit the game-winner, the longest field goal of his career, as he remember the struggles Lutz had as rookie. Lutz struggled early that season missing three of his first seven attempts.

“I remember so vividly three years ago,” Morstead said. “The way he handled everything ever since he’s been here, he’s handled himself like a pro even when it was really hard… he deserved it tonight.” 

Lutz said he approached the kick the same way he does all his others but admitted this one ”felt a little different.” 

“I thought I hit it smooth and I wasn’t too nervous,” he said. “But, obviously, in a situation like that, we haven’t started off the last few seasons very well, and I knew how big this one would be. So there was a little more weight on my shoulders. But we were able to get it done.” 

After hitting the kick he joked his main goal was to not get his feet stepped on as his teammates rushed to celebrate with him.

“Being able to have your teammates have your back and make a kick like that, that’s gotta be a top-one moment for me,” he said. 

 

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