Cardinals kicker Catanzaro cuts it loose, makes another game-winner

Dec 11, 2015, 10:13 AM
Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) watches his field goal split the uprights as Drew B...
Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) watches his field goal split the uprights as Drew Butler (2) holds and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) tries to block during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Last season, as a rookie, Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro never once took the field with an opportunity to make a game-winning kick late in the game.

He’s now done it in each of the Cardinals’ last two home games, with his 32-yard kick beating the Cincinnati Bengals 34-31 in Week 11 and a 47-yard blast propelling the Cardinals past the Minnesota Vikings 23-20.

“That one felt good; that one felt really good,” Catanzaro said of Thursday’s. “Like I’ve said before, there are four parts to every kick. The blocking up front was great, as always, the snap by Mike Leach was awesome, the hold by Drew Butler was awesome.

“The kick felt great off my foot; I knew as soon as it left my foot it was going in.”

Both kicks helped the Cardinals avoid late collapses, and each came in front of a national television audience.

Including Thursday’s effort, Catanzaro is now 25-of-27 this year on field goal attempts and 44-of-47 on PATs. The second year player out of Clemson has proven to be a reliable weapon for head coach Bruce Arians to turn to, and now he’s starting to show he is clutch, too.

Confidence was never an issue.

“There was never a doubt in my mind, really,” he said. “I gave myself permission to cut it loose out there. I have been hitting it great, so I just went out there and trusted my swing.

“I kicked to make the kick, not to miss the kick. I gave myself permission to cut it loose and I am glad I got it done.”

Who isn’t?

Not surprisingly, Catanzaro said making game-winning kicks never gets old. They’re awesome, he noted, and you have to cherish moments like that and enjoy them.

The 24-year-old is thankful for the opportunity — both to kick in the NFL and have a chance to lift his team to victory with his right leg.

“The quote game-winning kick, yeah, I treat every kick like a game-winner, but those are definitely special,” he said. “It was definitely key for me to kick, to make the kick and not to miss the kick — if that makes sense — and just cut it loose.”

 

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Cincinnati DL Myjai Sanders (21) during a college football game between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane ...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals sign rookie OLB Myjai Sanders to a 4-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals signed rookie outside linebacker Myjai Sanders to a four-year deal on Wednesday morning.
23 hours ago
(Arizona Sports/Tyler Drake)...
Wills Rice

ESPN’s Moody: Arizona RB Keaontay Ingram has ‘huge fantasy potential’

ESPN's Eric Moody said that since the backup RB position behind James Conner is open, Keaontay Ingram has potential fantasy football upside.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals' Trey McBride runs drills at the NFL football team's rookie minicamp, Friday, May...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Cardinals ink 2nd-round TE Trey McBride, 2 others to rookie deals

The Arizona Cardinals signed three of their 2022 NFL Draft picks to four-year contracts, the team announced on Tuesday.
2 days ago
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 26: Jessie Lemonier #52 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a fumble recovery ag...
Wills Rice

Cardinals claim LB Jesse Lemonier off waivers, release DL LaRon Stokes

The Cardinals announced that the team has claimed LB Jesse Lemonier off waivers from the Lions and released DL LaRon Stokes.
2 days ago
(Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals donating 200,000 meals to United Food Bank

The Arizona Cardinals and Albertsons/Safeway are partnering to donate 200,000 meals to the United Food Bank.
2 days ago
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals calls a play during the first half against the ...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner podcast: Is Kliff Kingsbury ready for a gauntlet schedule?

Following last season's epic collapse to end the season, a lot of the focus and criticism shifted toward head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
2 days ago
Cardinals kicker Catanzaro cuts it loose, makes another game-winner