The Jets’ drives kept stalling in Indianapolis territory, and Todd Bowles kept sending Jason Myers out to try a field goal — seven times. Each time, the ball flew through the yellow posts Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
There had never been a day like this for a kicker in the history of the franchise. There had been very few days like this for a kicker in the history of the NFL.
Myers’ sensational 7-for-7 day not only established a career high but broke the franchise record for field goals in a game. He went 3-for-3 on PATS, giving him 24 points in a game in which the Jets beat the Colts, 42-34.
“It’s more important that we got the win,” Myers said. “Being able to help out and do what I can that way, that’s what’s most important to me.”
The fourth-year kicker surpassed the record of six field goals set by Jim Turner in 1968 and matched by Bobby Howfield in 1972. Myers became the sixth in NFL history to make seven in a game, one short of Rod Bironas’ record set in 2007, when he went 8-for-8 for Tennessee. Only Bironas has had more kicking points in a game (26).
“There’s always days when you’re kind of fighting it, but I felt good today,” Myers said. “Tom [Hennessy, the long snapper] and Lach [Edwards, the holder] did a great job, and the big boys up front gave me all day. So they made my job pretty easy.”
Myers didn’t do his college kicking for a football factory. The California native put his strong leg to use for Marist in Poughkeepsie. He graduated in 2013 and kicked in the Arena Football League before Jacksonville signed him in 2015.
The Jaguars kept him until six games were gone last season. The Jets claimed him off waivers from Seattle in August, and he stuck. Now he’s 16-for-17 on field goals — with a long of 55 yards — and 12-for-13 on PATs.
“It’s been a long road for me just to get to the NFL,” Myers said. “But that stuff in the past has helped make me who I am as a player and kicker. I always cherish my time at Marist, even though it kind of made my road a little bit harder.”
Myers made a 30-yarder in the first quarter, good for a 10-7 advantage. He made a 48-yarder in the second quarter and a 32-yarder to end the half, putting the Jets up 23-13.
His 37-yarder in the third quarter made it 33-20. In the fourth quarter, he drilled a 45-yarder for a 36-27 lead, a 37-yarder for a 39-27 edge and another 45-yarder for a 42-27 lead with 3:19 left.
“For him to do that, people don’t understand that wins ballgames,” safety Jamal Adams said. “He made 7-for-7. I mean, that’s huge, man. For him to do that and put points on the board when we needed it, it helped the defense out.”
7 Times 3
Lengths of Jason Myers’ franchise-record 7 FGs:
Most FGs without a miss in an NFL game:
8 Rob Bironas, Tenn.. vs. Hou., 10/21/07
7 Jason Myers, Jets vs. Ind., 10/14/18
Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams vs. Dallas, 10/1/17
Cairo Santos, KC vs. Cin., 10/4/15
Shayne Graham, Cin. vs. Balt., 11/11/07
Chris Boniol, Dallas vs. GB, 11/18/96
Rich Karlis, Minn. vs. LA Rams (OT), 11/5/89
Most FG yardage in a single game: