You don’t think of placed kickers until the game is on the line. In that moment they are either worshipped or cursed. John Carney is certainly the toast of the town in New Orleans today. Carney hit five field goals, including the game-winner as the Saints downed the Rams 28-25 in overtime. Carney was also responsible for tying the game, as well. The Rams took a 25-22 lead when quarterback Marc Bulger rushed for a 19-yard touchdown, then hit Kevin Curtis for the two-point conversion. Instead of kicking the ball deep, the Rams opted to have Jeff Wilkins squib kick the ball and the Saints took over at their own 42 yard-line. New Orleans moved the ball 38 yards in four plays to set up Carney’s 38-yard field goal. For the second straight game, Marshall Faulk was held under 50 yards on the ground, rushing for 44 yards on 12 carries. Marc Bulger was 32-49 with 352 yards passing with a touchdown and no interceptions. He hit Isaac Bruce eight times for 134 yards. The Rams are 1-2.
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