Early in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri drilled a 54-yard field goal to give Indianapolis an early 3-0 lead. It was Vinatieri's first made field goal of the 2015 season (after starting 0-for-2), but it was more than just a field goal: it also made Adam Vinatieri the all-time leading scorer in Colts franchise history.
Mike Vanderjagt finished his Colts career with 995 points, and with Vinatieri's field goal he reached 997 with the Colts. During his ten years with the Colts, Vinatieri has hit 218 of 255 field goals (85.5%) and 350 of 353 extra points (99.2%).
A little later in today's game, Vinatieri also became the first player in NFL history to score at least 1,000 points with two different franchises. With ten points today, he now stands at 1,004 points with the Colts, while he scored 1,158 points with the Patriots as well. He's no longer the Patriots' leading scorer (Stephen Gostkowski surpassed him last season), but he's now the all-time leading scorer for the Colts.
It couldn't have come in better fashion, either, as Vinatieri was the MVP for the Colts today in their 16-13 overtime win over the Jaguars. Vinatieri hit field goals of 54, 32, and 27 yards, including the game-winner in overtime - his 25th career game-winning field goal and his first since 2012. He also made his ninth career overtime field goal, which is tied for the most in NFL history. Playing without Andrew Luck, the Colts needed a spark. And Vinatieri, who was 0-for-2 on field goals and had scored six points total through the first three games of this season, provided it. He was 3-for-3 on field goals today and scored ten of the team's sixteen points. And, while the Jaguars' Jason Myers missed a pair of field goals to try to win it in regulation and in overtime, Vinatieri was perfect. In a league in which there has been a kicking epidemic this season, the Colts won the game today because of their kicker. And, as of today, that kicker is now their all-time leading scorer.