Cundiff kicks way into record books, again

Written by on October 16, 2011 in Ravens, Sports - No comments

Kicker Billy Cundiff’s five field goals tied a team record for most field goals in a single game.

Six players have done this and Cundiff has now done this twice. The only other kicker to do kick five field goals in one game at least twice for the Ravens was Matt Stover (Stover has done this four times.)

Cundiff kicked field goals of 43, 48, 25, 33 and 40 yards, respectively. His point production was big on a day when Baltimore’s offense seemed to sputter some deep into Houston territory. Cundiff’s 15 points were huge, to say the least, in Baltimore’s 29-14 win over the Texans.

However, this isn’t even Cundiff’s best performance. As a member of the New York Giants in 2003, Cundiff kicked seven field goals in a game against Dallas.

Cundiff also kicked seven touchbacks on kickoffs, which set a team record. Cundiff now has 64 career touchbacks in 148 kickoffs with Baltimore. That’s good for a 43.2 percentage. Sure, kickoffs have been moved up five yards this season, but Cundiff was booming the majority of his kickoffs into the end zone last year as well.

Stover held Baltimore’s previous touchback record with 60.

“We always say when we’re in the red zone that we want seven (points) but we have to make sure to get three,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I thought (quarterback) Joe (Flacco) and our whole offense did a real nice job making sure we got three. And then the kickoffs. Billy kicked a few of those touchbacks going from left to right in front of our bench into the wind. It was kind of a little corner cross wind coming at us. Those were amazing kicks. The guy’s just been phenomenal.”

By Jason Butt
sports@baltimoreguide.com

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