Monday, December 13, 2010
Jay Feely, meet Hall of Famer Paul Hornung
By Mike Sando
Jay Feely's 22 consecutive points for the Arizona Cardinals against the Denver Broncos in Week 14 placed the veteran kicker in elite company.
Hall of Fame company.
Feely became the first player since Green Bay legend Paul Hornung to score at least 22 uninterrupted points in a game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Broncos kicker Steven Hauschka gave Denver a 3-0 lead with a 32-yard field goal less than five minutes into the game. Feely accounted for the next 22 points scored by either team until Hauschka made a 30-yard field-goal attempt more than three minutes into the fourth quarter.
Feely made field-goal tries from 36 and 48 yards before scoring on a 5-yard run off a fake field goal. Feely made the extra point, then hit field goals from 55 and 23 yards.
Hornung scored 24 uninterrupted points during the Packers' 45-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts on Oct. 8, 1961. Hornung, a running back and kicker, made a 38-yard field goal, then scored three touchdowns and three extra points.
Kickers often don't get much attention until they make or miss game-winning or game-tying attempts. The manner in which Feely scored his points -- complete with the 5-yard run -- make this a fun story.