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Chandler Catanzaro hit his only point-after attempt during Sunday's demolition in the NFC championship game at Carolina.
Finishing the regular season as the NFL's third-leading scorer, Catanzaro secured 28 of 31 field goal tries and 53 of 58 from the new extra-point distance en route to 137 points. When the opposition quelled the offense, he was still afforded plenty of field goals -- see Week 4 against the Rams and Week 6 at Pittsburgh -- but his opportunities dwindled starting in the season finale. Over the last three games, he netted two of three field goals and three of four extra points for a mere 12 points. While the Arizona Cardinals may not uphold this season's standard in 2016, Catanzaro should again augment one of the league's most-balanced offenses.
Chandler Catanzaro whiffed on his only field goal attempt and sole point-after attempt in Sunday's 36-6 shellacking by the Seahawks.
Catanzaro's failings were only the tip of the spear of a disastrous showing on special teams, which allowed Seattle's Tyler Lockett to rack up 139 yards on just four punt returns. In the fantasy realm, though, Catanzaro was the notable fall guy and now boasts the same number of missed PATs this season than in his two-year career on field goals (five, in both regards). With the regular season wrapped up, he still supplemented a high-powered offense with the third-most points (137) among NFL kickers.
The Cardinals' high-powered offense continues to hand Catanzaro points on a platter, as he extended his streak with at least two field goals made to nine games. Although he missed his fourth PAT of the season Sunday, the four made place him just behind league-leader Graham Gano (50) and Stephen Gostkowski (49) with 48 of his own. Along with that duo, Catanzaro is the only other kicker to average at least nine points per contest, or 9.2 to be precise.
Catanzaro hasn't succeeded on a field goal of 50-plus yards this season, missing his sole kick from that distance, but the Cardinals' high-octane offense typically doesn't stall out immediately after crossing midfield, as evidenced by the second-most point-after attempts (47) in the NFL. Still, with three tallies from 27, 23 and 47 yards, he continues to sit behind only Stephen Gostkowski and Graham Gano with 119 points.
Chandler Catanzaro hit both field goals and a trio of extra points during Sunday's victory in St. Louis.
Catanzaro has augmented Arizona's explosive offense well, striking true on the majority of opportunities presented to him on a weekly basis. With two successful field goals Sunday, he extended his streak with multiple FG made to seven games, helping the Clemson product move into sole possession of third on the NFL's scoring list with 108 points (behind just Stephen Gostkowski and Graham Gano). Considering the Cardinals rank first in the NFL at 31.8 points per game, Catanzaro's contributions place him in the same class with the aforementioned duo.
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