Younghoe Koo has been chasing history all season, turning in one of the most impressive campaigns from a kicker in team history. With his late second quarter field goal against the Buccaneers, which extended Atlanta’s lead to 17-0, Koo tied Matt Bryant for the most made field goals in a single season in franchise history. He got there with 2.5 games to go, and then in the fourth quarter, nailed a 52 yard attempt to give the Falcons a 27-24 lead and break Bryant’s record.
Bryant set that franchise mark twice, back in 2016 and the following season in 2017. Koo has a long way to go if he’s going to catch Bryant for the title of best kicker in franchise history—a title I think is pretty uncontroversial at this point—but he doesn’t have very far at all to go if he wants to put forth the best season from a kicker in team history. He’s arguably already there with two games to go.
With his last make, Koo now has 35 field goals on the year, a new franchise record and among the top With four more attempts, he’ll tie Jay Feely’s franchise record for single season attempts. On top of that, he’s all by himself in first place for the single season record for field goal accuracy, having surpassed Norm Johnson a couple of weeks ago. He’s not going to come close to Bryant’s franchise record for extra point attempts—a scuffling Atlanta offense will ensure that—but this has been a magical year for Koo.
We’ll see if Koo continues to build on the mark in this game, but he’s going to have the record handily by the end of the season.