Tyler Bass more than earned his keep on Sunday afternoon — and he didn’t even wait until halftime to do so.
The Buffalo Bills’ rookie kicker drilled three field goals from more than 50 yards in the first two quarters of their 32-30 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.
Tyler Bass sinks 58-yard FG with ease
Bass got on the board late in the first quarter for the Bills, sinking a 54-yard field goal to give them an early 10-3 lead. He backed it up on their next drive, too, when he hit a 55-yarder.
Then, on their final drive of the half, Bass easily made a 58-yard field goal to put the Bills up 16-9 at the break — marking the longest field goal of his career and tying the longest field goal in team history.
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Bass is just the third Bills player in history to make multiple 50-yard field goals in a game.
The Bills took Bass in the sixth round of the draft earlier this year. The former Georgia Southern standout earned his spot on the team over veteran Stephen Hauschka.
“I had to earn everything I had there, nothing has been handed to me in life, and I had to earn that,” Bass said in August, via USA Today. “I came to camp with the same mentality, I knew I wasn’t the number one guy coming in, and I had to earn that right and the respect.”
So far, he’s done just that. Headed into Sunday, Bass had gone 16-of-22 on field goals and missed just one extra point. He made all three of his extra point attempts Sunday, and now has 85 points on the season — the third-most by a rookie in Bills history.
Buffalo nearly pulled off the win against the Cardinals, too, though Kyler Murray pulled off a wild last-second heave to DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone in the final seconds.
While they didn’t get the win, Bass’ performance on Sunday is even more proof that the Bills made the right call going with the 23-year-old.
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