JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Kicker Josh Lambo has accomplished quite a bit during his three games with the Jaguars.
Last week, he made a career-high 56-yard field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals. On Sunday, he nailed a game-winning 30-yard field goal to beat his former team, the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17, in overtime.
Lambo was emotional after both career milestones. He isn't afraid to show his passion for the game after making a big kick.
"For game-winners, you can expect a lot of crazy celebrations," Lambo said. "I try to stay calm during the game because God forbid, you never know what'll happen. But yeah, man, I get excited. I'm excited for this team, I'm a passionate guy."
The third-year kicker didn't start off well against the Chargers. He had an extra point attempt blocked following the Jaguars' first touchdown score of the game.
He bounced back by connecting on a fourth-quarter, game-tying 34-yard field goal with 55 seconds left in regulation.
His game-winning 30-yard field goal was tipped by Chargers safety Adrian Phillips but still went through the uprights.
The EverBank crowd exploded with cheers. Lambo, a former professional soccer player, used a power slide to celebrate like he scored a goal in the European version of football.
"I kind of had that one in my back pocket," Lambo said. "I hadn't done a power slide in a long time."
While he was working with a replacement long snapper in center Tyler Shatley, Lambo was able to nail two field goals in clutch situations. He credits his teammates and coaches with preparing him for those circumstances.
"We prepared for this stuff during the week," Lambo said. "[Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis] does a great job of getting everybody ready, backups for every position. Thanks to Joe D for being discipline about that. I feel like Tyler was ready and [punter Brad Norton] kept on re-assuring me, 'You don't change a thing, I'm going to get the ball there,' and so that's what I went and did."
While most players would be thrilled to beat their former team the way Lambo did, the kicker said the win is more about his new team than his old one.
"It's a win," Lambo said. "We started this quarter of the season, 1-0, and whoever the opponent is doesn't really matter."
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