Koo went 4-for-4 on field-goal tries and 4-for-4 on extra points during Sunday's 40-20 win against Carolina. Koo regained hold of the Falcons' starting kicker job with a strong Week 14 performance, after enduring a shaky stretch between Weeks 11 and 13 in which he missed two extra points and a field goal. Since missing those three kicks, Koo has gone 10-for-10 on field goal and PATS, converted two onside kicks, and even recovered a fumble on a kickoff return Sunday -- scooping up a loose ball that Panthers return man Greg Dortch put on the ground in the third quarter. Koo doesn't seem like a prime candidate to accumulate rampant production from the kicker position in Week 15, however, taking on a San Francisco defense that ranks No. 2 in the NFL with 1.2 field-goal attempts allowed per game this season.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that Koo will remain the Falcons' kicker, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Koo has missed three combined field-goal and extra-point tries over the last three contests, but he redeemed himself in some capacity by converting two onside kicks during Thursday's loss to the Saints. While the 25-year-old looks like he'll remain on the roster through the Week 14 game with the Panthers, he'll need to improve his accuracy to keep his spot for the remainder of the season.
Koo went 2-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 0-for-1 on extra-point tries during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints. The entire NFL had succeeded on two onside kicks coming into Week 13. Koo himself converted on two straight in the waning moments of the fourth quarter Thanksgiving night -- not including a third that was erased by Falcons penalty -- though the miraculous recoveries were not enough to overcome his blunders earlier in the contest. Surely, Koo cannot solely shoulder the blame for the team's second straight defeat, but the four points he left on the board proved to be pivotal as Atlanta's late rally came up short against rival New Orleans. The 25-year-old has missed three combined field-goal and extra-point attempts over the past three weeks, as the Falcons prepare for a fourth straight divisional tilt Dec. 8, this time against the Panthers.
Koo went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and converted on his lone extra-point try during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers. The former Chargers kicker has been extremely efficient in the early going of his Falcons career, knocking down 10 of 11 field goals and seven of seven PATs. During Sunday's inter-divisional showdown of sub-.500 clubs, Koo converted on field-goal tries of 25, 38 and 40 yards. While he's hit better than 90 percent of his attempts through three games, Koo has yet to be tested from 50-plus yards as Atlanta heads into a Thanksgiving night matchup against a Saints defense that ranks among the top 10 in the NFL with just 2.9 red-zone scoring attempts allowed per game.
Koo drained all four of his field-goal attempts and went 2-for-2 on point-after tries during Sunday's 26-9 win against the Saints. With all the bad mojo that had afflicted the Falcons' kicker position through the first half of 2019, it took Koo donning the number of a franchise legend to break the slump. Wearing No. 7 in his debut for Atlanta, Koo converted on field-goal tries of 30, 36, 37 and 48 yards after Matt Bryant and Giorgio Tavecchio posted a collective 13-for-23 mark between exhibition and regular-season play. Koo's Week 11 opponent, Carolina, provides optimism that he can be productive once again, as the Panthers came into the weekend ranking among the NFL's 10-worst teams with 2.2 field-goal attempts allowed per game.
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