Adam Vinatieri now holds the NFL record for the most consecutive field goals made in league history. With two made field goals today against the Titans, Vinatieri tied and then broke Mike Vanderjagt’s record of 42 straight makes, now owning the record with 43 in a row.
It was a streak that began in week four last season, and it’s continued ever since. It’s a streak that has spanned 20 games, and Vinatieri has made a field goal in all but two of them (and he’s had at least one field goal in each of the last 16 games). Today, he has had it relatively easy by comparison, converting kicks of 28 and 33 yards.
Vinatieri has now made 43 field goals in a row, passing Mike Vanderjagt for the longest such streak in NFL (and Colts) history. Furthermore, entering the game on Sunday the average length of Vinatieri’s attempts during the streak was 41 yards, while Vanderjagt’s average length during his streak was 33 yards. Furthermore, Vinatieri has made nine 50+ kicks during his streak, while Vanderjagt made two from 50+ yards. It has been an incredibly impressive stretch of kicking for the future Hall of Famer, who has now made 78 of his last 81 kicks (96.3%) dating back to week 16 of the 2013 season. It seems pretty evident that Adam Vinatieri is currently on the greatest stretch of kicking in NFL history.
He’s also having a fantastic season, as he leads the NFL with 18 field goals and is one of only a handful of kickers to have made every field goal attempted. Vinatieri is 18-for-18 on the year, which is the second-best start to a season in his 21 year career (he hit his first 30 kicks in 2014).
It’s a heck of accomplishment for the greatest kicker in NFL history on the greatest stretch of kicking in NFL history. Congratulations, Adam Vinatieri!