Patriots kicking vs. Panthers kicking
Stephen Gostkowski has been one of the most consistent performers in the NFL this year, leading the league in total points with 90. He has made 22 of 23 field goal attempts, including two of 50+ yards and seven from between 40-49 yards, the only one he missed being from 43 yards against the Jets in Week 2. Gostkowski has hit all 24 extra points he has attempted. Rookie punter Ryan Allen has been very consistent as well, averaging 44.6 yards per punt on 49 attempts this season, the seventh highest average in the NFL. He has landed 16 punts inside the 20 yard line while landing just eight for touchbacks, with opponents gaining an average of 9.3 yards per return on Allen’s punts.
Panthers kicker Graham Gano has attempted 14 field goals and missed just one, a 48-yard try in Week 10 against the 49ers. Gano has hit five field goals of over 50 yards and converted all 24 extra points he has attempted. Brad Nortman has punted 42 times on the season and has done very well, averaging 45.6 yards per punt with a long of 69 yards. He has landed nine punts inside the 20 yard line and has allowed no touchbacks on the season. Opponents have gained an average of 8.7 yards per return on Nortman’s punts.