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Patriots fans will love this great story about the team's new kicker, Justin Rohrwasser

Patriots fans will love this great story about the team's new kicker, Justin Rohrwasser

The New England Patriots have a habit of selecting special teams players in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. And they continued that in 2020 by selecting kicker Justin Rohrwasser.

Rohrwasser began his college career at Rhode Island before transferring to Marshall where he kicked the past two seasons. He made 18 of 21 field goals in his final season for the Thundering Herd, but none was more important than the final one he nailed against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Playing as a part of the heated rivalry, Rohrwasser was summoned by coach Doc Holliday to kick a potential game-winning field goal. There were 6 seconds left on the clock and the score was tied at 23.

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With no timeouts, Marshall had to attempt the 53-yard field goal, which would be Rohrwasser's career-long. Before the attempt could be launched, Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton tried to ice him with one of his two remaining timeouts. Rohrwasser still got the practice kick off and nailed it.

As Grant Taylor of The Herald-Dispatch describes, it was at that point that Rohrwasser knew he could make the kick and his confidence shifted into overdrive.

After the ball sailed through, Rohrwasser stared down the Western Kentucky sideline and motioned with his right hand, almost as if to say, ‘Come get me.’ Then, he walked to Marshall’s sidelines and motioned to his arm, as if to say he has ice in his veins.

Rohrwasser would go on to make another practice attempt after being iced again. And with Western Kentucky out of timeouts on his third attempt, he knew he'd have to make it to give Marshall the win.

He did, and that sparked elation from the Marshall crowd and made Rohrwasser the hero. He ended up making all four of his field goals, plus the two 53-yard practice kicks, to give the Thundering Herd the big win over their rivals. It was the best game of his collegiate career.

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And what does Rohrwasser think this moment signifies? He knows how to perform in high-pressure situations.

"Every high-pressure situation I’ve been in I’ve performed," Rohrwasser said in a spring interview, per Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal. "I believe it's 14-for-14 in the fourth quarter and overtime, when the game is on the line, I am someone you can trust."

That's something that certainly will be music to the ears of Patriots fans. After years of having the dependable Stephen Gostkowski and Adam Vinatieri at kicker, the team will hope that Rohrwasser can continue the tradition of quality kicking under Bill Belichick.

If his game against Western Kentucky is any indication, he should have a good chance to live up to expectations in the NFL.

NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

Patrick Mahomes has fully committed to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The superstar quarterback, who led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl LIV triumph last season, reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension worth $450 million. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

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Mahomes is the best player in the NFL and, at only 24 years old, could lead the Chiefs on a dominant run of success over the next decade. In his two seasons as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, Mahomes has a 24-8 record, a 4-1 playoff record and a Lombardi Trophy. He also won Super Bowl LIV MVP and the 2018 NFL MVP.

Given his age, talent and potential, it's not surprising that NFL Twitter was pretty fired up about Mahomes and the Chiefs extending their partnership through 2031 (he has two more years remaining on his current contract).

Here's some of the best Twitter reaction to Mahomes' massive contract extension.

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs are going to be a tough opponent for the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC for many years to come.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mahomes has two more years left on his current deal with Kansas City, so this extension would keep him with the Chiefs for 12 more seasons.

The Chiefs won their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years last season when Mahomes led a fourth quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, adding to the NFL MVP he won during the 2018 campaign. The 24-year-old quarterback has thrown 76 touchdown passes with only 17 interceptions in the last two seasons (30 games played).

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Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, and his résumé through three pro seasons -- the last two of which he's been the full-time starter in Kansas City -- is absolutely astounding.

What does this news mean for the Patriots?

Well, the Chiefs aren't going anywhere. Kansas City will continue to be a top contender in the AFC as long as Mahomes is healthy. He has a 25-8 record as a starter in the regular season, in addition to a 4-1 playoff record that includes a Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs also have been one of the league's highest-scoring offenses (32-plus points per game) in the league over the last two seasons, and no lead is safe when Mahomes has the ball. The Patriots found that out first hand during the 2018 AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. New England held a 14-0 halftime advantage, and it also led 24-21 and 31-28 late in the fourth quarter before losing both and having to play overtime. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won the game in the OT period with an incredible touchdown drive on the first possession.

The AFC title win in 2018 was one of two victories for the Patriots in three matchups versus Mahomes. New England beat him twice in 2018 and lost in the 2019 regular season when the Chiefs earned a 23-16 Week 14 win at Gillette Stadium.

The Chiefs will play the Patriots again in the 2020 regular season in a Week 4 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. You can bet the Patriots and Chiefs will play plenty more times throughout the length of Mahomes' reported extension, and it would be pretty fun if some of those games came in the playoffs.