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Kai Forbath had a feeling game would come down to last-second field goal

Kai Forbath (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Talking to punter/holder Sav Rocca prior to Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, kicker Kai Forbath remarked that none of the Redskins’ games had come down to a last-second field goal. He kind of had a hunch that this could be the game.

Forbath was correct, and faced with the first game-winning opportunity of his NFL career, he delivered, nailing a 34-yard field goal to lift his team, 31-28 in overtime.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” the usually stoic Forbath said in the locker room, allowing himself to smile as he discussed his winning kick. “But definitely, those are the moments that kickers want, and when they come, you’ve got to take advantage of them, and thankfully we did.”

Forbath’s successful boot gave the Redskins their fourth consecutive victory, and pushed their record above .500 in the month of December for the first time since 2008.

It also marked the 14th straight field goal that Forbath has made since joining the Redskins the week leading up to their sixth game of the season. Forbath, who also made 48- and 49-yard field goals in the game, respectively, needs two more successful makes to tie the NFL record for consecutive field goals made (16) to start a career.

“I’m glad he’s on our football team. That’s for sure,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said of the first-year UCLA product. “He’s made everything, and we gave him a game ball in front of the team. It doesn’t surprise me how he handles himself.”

Forbath’s play has surprised some teammates, however.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who since 2009 has seen the Redskins go through three different kickers before finding Forbath, admitted that he was nervous as the Redskins lined up for the game-winner.

“I was a little nervous. I can’t lie. Even though he’s been perfect so far this season, anything can happen,” Hall said with a laugh. “Kai’s definitely easing, and getting my blood pressure down, now. … He has definitely had some clutch situations, and it doesn’t get any more clutch than it does today.”


Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Mike Jones · December 9, 2012