Indianapolis Colts’ Rookie Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship Says He Prayed Before Making Game-Winning Field Goal

Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) celebrates making the game winning field goal in overtime of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AJ Mast, AP)

At 7-3, the Indianapolis Colts are proving they are a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.

A week after they took down the Tennessee Titans on the road, the Colts earned another impressive win on Sunday with a 34-31 comeback victory over the previously 7-2 Green Bay Packers in overtime.

Indianapolis trailed 28-14 early in the third before scoring 17 consecutive points, including three field goals by rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. Packers kicker Mason Crosby tied the game in the closing seconds with a field goal of his own to send it to overtime.

In the extra period, a fumble recovery by Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner set Blankenship up for his 39-yard game-winner — the first of his NFL career.

“It just felt incredibly special,” Blankenship said in his postgame press conference. “I’m incredibly blessed to be here, and God gave me a chance at redemption and to just prove that I could be resilient and stick it out and bounce back. And so I’m just incredibly blessed to have had that chance.”

The rookie missed a 50-yard attempt in the second quarter, his first NFL attempt longer than 44 yards and just his third missed field-goal attempt all year. But he went on to make three other field goals and both extra-point attempts in the game. When he learned the Colts had recovered a fumble and his number would likely be called, he had a chance to redeem himself for the miss.

In that moment, he turned to God.

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SOURCE: Christian Post; Sports Spectrum, Kevin Mercer