ATLANTA — Morten Andersen broke the NFL record for consecutive field goals, then put the New Orleans Saints in jeopardy Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Andersen kicked a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, his 25th in a row, breaking the record of 24 set by Kevin Butler of the Chicago Bears. But he missed his next two attempts before kicking a 44-yarder as time expired, giving the Saints a 34-31 victory.
"That's the epitome of a kicker," said Andersen, who had missed attempts from 42 and 50 yards. "You go from being a hero to a goat to a hero to a goat to a hero. You're only as good as your next kick."
The Saints, who gained a team-record 557 yards, won despite blowing a 31-10 fourth-quarter lead. "I was praying on that last one, but in all candor, Morten always performs better under pressure," Saint Coach Jim Mora said. "I didn't think he would miss a third one."