This offseason, the Indianapolis Colts signed Matt Gay to a four-year, $22.5 million contract in free agency. The deal was the biggest free agent contract for a kicker in NFL history. Some people trolled Colts’ general manager Chris Ballard for making free agency history with a kicker, but Indy knew they needed a consistent kicker, and they spent the necessary money to make that happen.
On Sunday, in the Week 3 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, this historic contract paid off. Simply put, Matt Gay won the Indianapolis Colts the game. Gay scored 16 of Indy’s 22 points, connecting on 5-of-5 field goals, including a game-winning field goal in overtime.
Gay wasn’t just asked to kick chip shots. Indianapolis called on him to make some clutch, difficult field goals. He connected on 31-yarder, a 54-yarder, and three 53-yard field goals in the game. There was no drama either; all five field goals were right through the uprights with plenty of leg. The kicks made history, as Gay became the first NFL kicker to make four 50-plus field goals in one game.
Colts kicker Matt Gay makes history in Week 3 win
Not only did Gay make history and get the win, but he made Chris Ballard look like a genius, as the Colts moved to 2-1 on the season. If Gay can continue to make kicks like he did on Sunday, he’ll be well worth the historic contract that he signed during the 2023 offseason.
Hopefully, as the season progresses, the offense will be more productive, and Gay will be called on for more extra points than field goals. Additionally, as the games become more meaningful, and remain tight, Gay has to continue to remain consistent and clutch. High leverage moments in meaningful games is when kickers create their legacy, and also when they make their money. If the Colts remain a competitive team throughout the season, Gay will have that opportunity.