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Nick Novak: “There’s No Better Feeling than That”
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They say being a kicker is one of the most stressful jobs in not only the NFL, but across all professional sports.
Nick Novak proved Sunday that he can handle pressure situations.
The Bolts placekicker drilled the game-winning 46-yarder with seven ticks remaining to give the Chargers a rousing 33-30 win. It was his fourth field goal of the game also connecting from 49, 44 and 33 yards out.
After the game, the players all lauded Novak on a job well down.
“Nick was awesome making all the field goals he had,” Philip Rivers said. “Novak was huge.”
Eric Weddle also emphasized how winning was that much sweeter having a guy like Novak drill the field goal.
“I’m not going to lie, especially for Nick being through his career and what he’s been through, he’s at a place where we adore him and love him,” he said. “To win a game like that, it was great.”
The players weren’t alone as Head Coach Mike McCoy explained how his kicker came through when he had to.
“That’s the opportunity you want,” he said. “The game’s on the line. Just like the offense coming down the field, getting us into field goal position and then you get an opportunity to win it. He did his job. He did what he had to do.”
Novak agreed that coming through with the game in the balance is the chance all kickers dream of, and one he relished. . After all, he says there’s nothing quite like seeing the ball sail through the uprights knowing you just all but sealed the victory. .
“There’s no better feeling than that,” he said. “Everyone played so well. I’m happy for Coach McCoy and Tom Telesco and the whole organization. I never played in the Super Bowl, but it felt like a championship game. It’s a great feeling. Everybody did their job today. Our goal is to win no matter how we did it. And it was crazy. I’m sure all the fans were going nuts as we put on a show.”
Novak also praised the job of his long snapper Mike Windt, and holder, Mike Scifres.
“It’s a great feeling because we work so hard at it in practice,” he explained. “Mike Scifres and Mike Windt and the whole line, we work so hard at it. So it’s a total team effort. To go 4-for-4 is a great feeling. I’m very confident we’ll get the job done.” Read