What kicker Adam Vinatieri did on Sunday night in the Colts' loss was so impressive that it warranted a congratulatory phone call from head coach Chuck Pagano as he left Lucas Oil Stadium early Monday morning. Pagano mentioned on his Monday night radio show that, while he reached out to congratulate his kicker, Vinatieri expressed that he just wished the team could have won, because that's what matters. While that didn't happen, that doesn't make his record any less impressive.
With his extra point in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's game, Adam Vinatieri reached 100 points on the season. That marked the 17th season of his career with 100 or more points, breaking a tie with Jason Elam (16) for the most in NFL history. The only seasons in Vinatieri's career in which he hasn't topped 100 points were in 2009 (when he played in just 6 games due to injury) and in 2011 (when the Colts couldn't really score much). Vinatieri also became just the fourth player in NFL history to top 2,100 points, joining Morten Anderson, Gary Anderson, and Jason Hanson.
This season, Vinatieri has been better than ever. He has made all 22 of his field goal attempts, including two on Sunday (one of which was from 53 yards out), and all 34 of his extra point tries. Going back to last season, he has converted 28 straight field goals, a personal career best and the second-longest streak in Colts franchise history. Never before has Vinatieri started a season with 22 straight makes, and in fact he is one of just two kickers still perfect this season - with the other being the Giants' Josh Brown, who has only had 10 attempts. Vinatieri's 22 makes are the second most in the NFL this year.
The NFL record of 17 seasons with 100 or more points is incredibly impressive and just another milestone in a career that is certainly headed to Canton for the Colts' kicker. This year, he's as good as ever, and that's worth a phone call from the head coach on a cold Monday morning, even after a loss.