BY DOUG GORMAN
Former Northgate place kicker Will Lutz will come back to Georgia on Sunday a hero when his New Orlean Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons in NFC South rivalry game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Lutz kicked the game winner for the Saints Sunday against the Browns when he split the uprights on a 44-yard kick to give his team a 21-18 victory.
The former Northgate kicker, who played college football at Georgia State, redeemed himself late in the day making up for another 44-yard missed field goal attempt earlier in the game.
It was Lutz’s, who is now in his third season with the Saints, third-game winner of his career.
"It's about bouncing back," Lutz said after the game. "It wasn't the best performance, but you can't miss two in a row -- and survival mode is a bit of a real thing. But, I thought everything went smooth. It was a big-time kick."
Lutz, however showed his compassionate side when he went over after the game to the Browns’ bench to console Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez who missed four field goals against the Saints including a possible game winner.
"It's a nasty, nasty business when it comes to that, and I hate it for him," Lutz said "I think he's one heck of a kicker. I know him personally, and he's done an amazing job every time I've been around him. So, I hate it for him. I really hate it for him, but it's the nature of the business and I'm glad we got the win."
The Saints and Atlanta come into the game each with a 1-1 record.
Atlanta held off Carolina Sunday 31-24 for its first win of the year.
Lutz comes into the game in Atlanta hitting on 3 of 4 field goal attempts so far this season.
Sunday’s game-winner was his season long.
Lutz was was undrafted coming out of Georgia State and originally signed with the Carolina Panthers before being cut.
The Northgate graduate didn’t stay unemployed long, getting signed by the Saints right before the start of the 2016 season.
Lutz rookie season included a 57-yarder which is still the longest kick he has made during his career.
Last season, his 53 yarder was his season long.
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