ATLANTA -- With the game on the line, Nick Folk is money.
Folk kicked the 43-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the New York Jets to a 30-28 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night at the Georgia Dome. It was his sixth game-winning kick since 2010 with the Jets, including a 48-yard winner in the season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Not bad for a guy who has to fight for his job every training camp.
"It felt good," he said of his latest "Folk Hero" moment. "It went down the middle. I hit it pretty good. I hit it pretty solid."
Folk noted that Week 5 Monday night games have been "pretty good to me over the years." In 2010, he made five field goals in a 29-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Each year, the team signes a veteran challenger. This year, it was Billy Cundiff and, later, Dan Carpenter. Folk sent them both packing. Who could argue with the results? So far, he's 11-for-11 in field goals, including makes from 22 and 36 yards Monday night before the game winner.
"I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well for a while now," he said. "Going back to last year, I think -- you take away my three block kicks or you add them in as makes ... you put those in, I’m a 90-percent guy last year."