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I get a kick out of you- Chad Ochocinco kicks winning PAT in Cincinnati win over New England

The last time I remember a position player earning a point via a kick in a regular season game was Doug Flutie versus the Miami Dolphins. From AP-

A new role, another new name for Chad Ochocinco.

Cincinnati’s emergency kicker and international soccer fan booted the decisive extra point late in the first half and the Bengals beat the sloppy New England Patriots 7-6 on Thursday night.

“‘Esteban’ Ochocinco is back, the most interesting footballer in the world,” Ochocinco said. “Everyone has to remember, I’ve always said that soccer is my No. 1 sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now.”

Ochocinco practices kicking but had never done it in a preseason or regular-season game in his eight years with the Bengals, the first seven as Chad Johnson. But when Shayne Graham’s groin felt sore in pregame warmups, coach Marvin Lewis decided to rest the team’s franchise player and see what Ochocinco could do.

Wes Welker notched an extra point in a Miami game four years ago but I didn’t remember it till reading the above article. I remember a Steeler-Raider AFC Championship game in the 70′s where Roy Gerela got hurt and the Steelers had offensive lineman Ray Mansfield do the kicking.

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