Former Gamecock Kicker Sets NFL Record

Ryan Succop had himself a game under the bright lights of Monday Night Football.

Succop, who came into Monday's game tied with Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant at 46-consecutive field goal makes within 50 yards, nailed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, giving him an NFL record and the Titans an early 3-0 lead.

"I don't know what to say," Succop said of the record after the game. "I'm so humbled, I feel so blessed. It's something you never really can imagine."

Succop said he tries to approach each kick the same way: going out and getting the next one. In the team locker room, he was quick to dish out praise to his teammates for blocking and allowing him to set the NFL record, a record years in the making.

His last field goal miss from within 50 yards came against the New York Giants on Dec. 7, 2014, Succop's first season with the Titans. He's been perfect since the final three games of the 2014 season and hasn't missed six weeks into the 2017 season, a stretch of 40 games total.

As it turns out, Succop's leg was needed more than his initial record-setting field goal Monday night. The Titans' offense did a decent job moving the ball in the first half but struggled to score touchdowns, settling for field goals instead.

The former Mr. Irrelevant connected from 48, 42, 40, 48 and 23 yards, tacking onto his own NFL record -- which now stands at 51 -- with each additional make. Overall, Succop went 5-for-5 in field goal attempts Monday night.

His big game kept the Titans' offense within striking distance, trailing 19-15 after three quarters. When the offense finally got the ball into the end zone -- three times in the fourth quarter -- Succop's previous kicks allowed the Titans to take a 36-22 lead that served as the game's final score.

"It was kind of a grind-it-out game in the first half -- first three quarters, really," Succop said. "Just really proud of how our team fought all night."

Succop's record-setting night didn't go unnoticed by his team. Titans coach Mike Mularkey talked about Succop's consistency in his postgame press conference. Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan called Succop a legend as he walked past his kicker in the locker room. He's become an asset for the team.

"That's why he's here," Titans tight end Delanie Walker said of Succop. "You want to have a good kicker in certain situations, and we know Ryan can make all types of kicks. We don't want to put him out there, but when he's out there, we know he's clutch."

Colton Pouncy, USA Today Network


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