Missing Matt Stover: Maybe He Makes the Game-Winning Kick

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IOctober 20, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 7:  Matt Stover #3 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a field goal against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 7, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

John Harbaugh may have confidence in Steve Hauschka , but it does very little for the Ravens fans lamenting the loss of Matt Stover to the Indianapolis Colts.

Sure, he may have been old and up for a new contract. But there is no one in the NFL worth more money than Matt Stover. He missed a few last season, and it was clear that he wasn’t the kicker he had been over his Hall of Fame career.

But in the waning seconds of the game against the Vikings, in a dome with no weather issues and all of the pressure of the final moments, you still would’ve had more faith in Stover than you did with Hauschka. Maybe it was his veteran status, maybe it was the way he put the Ravens on his back for so many wins in the past.

The loss to the Vikings was a kick in the pants that likely would’ve happened even if Stover was the kicker. But the Colts think otherwise, and in days where ‘clutch’ is at a premium in Baltimore, you begin to think that Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh may have been less-than-clutch in waving goodbye to Matt Stover.


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