Ed Murray kicked a 48-yard field goal 5:06 into overtime today to give the Detroit Lions a 27-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
"I knew it was long enough, but it was waving around a little bit and I was a little concerned with that," Murray said. "It started to move left, then floated right and went right through the middle."
He was disappointed at missing with nine minutes left in regulation and the score 24-24.
"I really screwed up that 55-yarder," he said. "It started out good, then about halfway there it died. The ball seemed dead all day."
The Lions (1-1) drove 51 yards with the extra period kickoff, Gary Danielson contributing the key play, a 30-yard pass to David Lewis for a first down at Atlanta's 34.
Danielson, who was 21 of 32 passing for 250 yards, had thrown 13 yards to Lewis earlier in the drive. Teammate Billy Sims gained 140 yards on 23 carries before being injured late in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons (1-1) lost despite a good passing day from Steve Bartkowski, who was 24 of 28 for 299 yards.
Atlanta drove 51 yards to Detroit's 29 with two minutes left in regulation, but Mick Luckhurst missed on a 47-yard field goal kick.
The Falcons, who earlier overcame a 17-0 deficit to tie, rallied again to tie at 24 when Bartkowski threw a 29-yard pass to Stacey Bailey in the end zone five seconds into the final period.
Danielson, who engineered scoring drives on Detroit's first three possessions, had given the Lions a 24-17 lead with 4:10 left in the third when he threw Leonard Thompson an 11-yard scoring pass.
The Lions had a chance to score for a fourth straight time, but offensive pass interference by Lewis nullified Danielson's nine-yard pass to James Jones in the end zone and, two plays later, Murray's field goal try of 46 yards was partially blocked by Dan Benish.