Tennessee Titans' kicking nightmare follows them into 2020: Is Stephen Gostkowski really the answer?

Monday, September 14, Titans’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski scored game winning field goal against the Denver Broncos.

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DENVER — Stephen Gostkowski, with his Tennessee ties and new home in Franklin, said there was something serendipitous about the way his career brought him to Nashville.

“It just lucked out for me that there was an availability to play here,” Gostkowski said on Sept. 7 about joining the Titans, who also must have felt fortunate to acquire a four-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Super Bowl champion and the league’s fifth-most-accurate kicker of all time as a solution to their historically bad kicking woes.

He’s not the league’s fifth-most-accurate kicker anymore.

It took only one game into his Titans career – three quarters, actually – for that to change. In Tennessee’s 16-14 season-opening win over the Denver Broncos on Monday, Gostkowski, who played collegiately at Memphis, became the latest agita-inducing kicker to don the two-toned blue. The 36-year-old missed on kicks from 47, 44 and 42 yards away. He missed wide left on one, wide right on another and had another attempt blocked.

And then he redeemed himself. Kind of.

Gostkowski’s 25-yarder with 17 seconds left was the game-winner and shifted the tone of his postgame interview to some degree.

“It’s definitely an opportunity I didn’t deserve,” said Gostkowski, who also missed an extra point Monday, “but grateful I got it for the team.”

It was Gostkowski’s 205th career regular-season game – and his first with three missed field goals.

And his place on the all-time list for most-accurate kickers? Down four spots to No. 9.

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