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Special NFC Honor For Jay Feely

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Kicker earns weekly award after booting game-winning field goal in Tennessee

Jay Feely kicks his 41-yard game-winning field goal in overtime against Tennessee.

The Cardinals tried their game-winning field goal in overtime at Tennessee on third down, assuring themselves a second chance in case of an error but also eschewing an opportunity to get closer.

“We were close enough,” kicker Jay Feely said. “The wind was in our face a little bit, but as long as I hit the ball well, we should make that kick.”

Feely did, a 41-yarder that was his third of the game and the seventh overtime-winning field goal of his career. For that effort, Feely was awarded the NFC special teams player of the week award, the fourth such award for a Cardinal this season.

Previous winners were quarterback Carson Palmer for offense and linebacker John Abraham and cornerback Patrick Peterson for defense.

It was nice comeback after a rough game for Feely the week before when he had missed two field goals, including a 25-yarder, and even training camp, when the Cardinals brought in Dan Carpenter for a couple of days to compete with Feely.

“I think you have to prove yourself every day,” Feely said. “In this league I think it’s all about production. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, it’s what you do today and what you do going forward. We have a great operation with (holder) Dave (Zastudil) and (snapper) Mike (Leach) and I. We are comfortable and guys have been doing their job for a long time. You don’t have to worry about it and guys will go out there and do their job.”

Feely now has 11 game-winning field goals in his career, and two this season after his boot late in the Tampa Bay game in Week 4.

Feely has 110 points this season, the third time in four Cardinal seasons he has reached triple digits.

He was named special teams player of the week two times previous, with the Cardinals in 2010 and with the Falcons in 2002.

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