"Just blank," Tavecchio said of his mindset approaching the 56-yard attempt, per the Falcons' official website. "Blank like the other couple kicks. When I step on the field, I have a pretty set routine and I just went through my breathing and went through the kick checklist. Great snap, great hold, great protection and I was able to do my job."
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has quickly developed a lot of faith in Tavecchio, who signed with Atlanta on Oct. 15. After he followed up his 40-yard field goal in the second quarter with a 50-yarder in the third, it appears Quinn was confident he could reach 56. Still, it was a pretty big gamble on Quinn's part -- had Tavecchio missed, the Giants would have had great field position for a potential game-winning drive. His previous best in a game was from 53 yards out.
"For him to go 3 for 3, one from 50 and 56, what a hell of a way to start," Quinn said.