Adam Matthew Vinatieri was born the son of Paul and Judy Vinatieri on Dec. 28, 1972 in Yankton, S.D. … He is the second of four children … He lettered in football, soccer, track and wrestling at Rapid City (S.D.) Central High and earned fi rst-team all-state honors in 1991 … Is a cousin of Daredevil Evel Knievel and great, great grandson of Felix Vinatieri - who was General Custer's bandmaster … Adam has been very active in the community since joining the Patriots … The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, D.A.R.E. and the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau are just a few of the many charities to which Adam has donated time and resources over the past couple of years … Adam enjoys golfing and hunting … Earned his degree in Fitness and Wellness at South Dakota State … Adam and his wife Valerie have a son, A.J., and a daughter, Allison.
Adam Vinatieri was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on June 28, 1996 … He originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League (now NFL Europe) in the spring of 1996 … Re-signed by the Patriots (07/19/98) … Re-signed with the Patriots (03/12/99) … Designated the Patriots franchise player (02/21/02) … Re-signed with the Patriots (03/15/02) ... Designated the Patriots franchise player (02/21/05).
Punting - Career: 2 for 60 yards, both downed inside the 20-yard line. 1996: 1 for 27 yards (12/08/96 vs. N.Y. Jets). 2001: 1 for 33 yards (12/09/01 vs. Cleveland).
Passing - 2004: 1-for-1 for 4 yards, 1 touchdown, 122.9 passer rating (11/07/04 at St. Louis).
Career GP/GS: 160/0 (17/0)
Vinatieri has earned the reputation as one of the most clutch kickers in the history of pro football. His impressive playoff resume includes two last-minute game-winning field goals in the Super Bowl, two game-winners in the divisional playoff round and a record-tying five field goals in the 2003 AFC Championship Game.
Vinatieri is the most accurate kicker in Patriots history and is the fifth most accurate kicker in NFL history. He has recorded an 82.1 percent accuracy rate (243-296) over his nine-year career. Tony Franklin ranks second in team history with a 74.4 percent accuracy rate (93-125).
In 2004, Vinatieri earned his second Pro Bowl selection as he turned in the most statistically productive campaign of his career. He led the NFL with a career high 141 points and paced the league with a career-high and franchisebest 93.9 percent accuracy rate (31-33).
Vinatieri's 141 points in 2004 are the most kicking points in a single season in the history of the Patriots franchise. His point total ranks third overall in team annals, trailing Gino Cappelletti's totals in 1964 and 1961, seasons during which he was a kicker and a wide receiver.
Vinatieri enters the 2005 season needing 73 points to pass Gino Cappelletti to become the Patriots' all-time leading scorer. Vinatieri enters the season with 1,058 career points, ranking second to Cappelletti's 1,130 points.
Vinatieri is the Patriots all-time leader in field goals with 243. He surpassed Gino Cappelletti's mark of 176, which had stood since 1970, on a 31-yard field goal against the Raiders (11/17/02).
Vinatieri tied his career high with 31 successful field goals in 2004, equaling his 1998 total for second place on the Patriots' single-season field goals list (Tony Franklin, 32, 1986).
Vinatieri set a career high with 48 successful PATs in 2004, tying Gino Cappelletti's 1961 total for second place on the Patriots' single- season PAT list, behind John Smith's franchise-record total of 51 in 1980.
Vinatieri scored 25 points during the 2004 postseason and is the top scorer in Patriots postseason annals with 106 points.
Vinatieri has kicked 17 field goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter or in overtime to give his team the victory, with his last seven regular-season game-winners coming in overtime.
Vinatieri's postseason success has placed him among the NFL's all-time playoff career leaders. He ranks second in career playoff field goals (24) and second among kickers in career postseason points (106).
Vinatieri has never missed a game in his nine NFL seasons, amassing a streak of 144 consecutive games. The streak ranks third on the Patriots' all-time list, trailing only Raymond Clayborn (161 consecutive games from 1977-87) and Gino Cappelletti (152, 1960-70).
Vinatieri earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2002 and became just the third Patriots kicker to be named to the Pro Bowl. John Smith (1980) and Tony Franklin (1986) each received the honors once while with the Patriots, while kicker/wide receiver Gino Cappelletti earned five trips (1961, '63, '64, '66, '68) to the AFL All-Star Game throughout his distinguished AFL career.
Vinatieri totaled 1,058 points in his first nine seasons in the NFL after going undrafted and signing with the Patriots as a free agent in 1996. It is the second-most proficient start to an NFL kicking career in the history of the game.
Vinatieri was successful on 90 percent of his field goals in 2002 (27-of-30), the highest percentage in the NFL and the second highest single-season percentage in Patriots history, trailing his own mark of 93.9 percent, set in 2004.
Vinatieri boomed a franchiselong 57-yard field goal at Chicago (11/10/02), eclipsing the previous franchise record of 55 he held along with Matt Bahr.
Vinatieri has converted 38 of the 42 kicks he has attempted in domed stadiums in his career, including the postseason. The only dome in which he has missed is Reliant Stadium in Houston, where he also kicked a gamewinning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Vinatieri kicked five gamewinning field goals during the 2001 season, including three in overtime. It marked the highest single-season total of his sevenyear career. Three of his kicks were during the 2001 regular season, and two came during the postseason. He kicked a 23-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Raiders in the AFC Divisional game and a 48-yard field goal at the end of regulation to give the Patriots a 20-17 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Vinatieri set a franchise record by kicking 25 consecutive field goals without a miss over a span of two years from 1996-97.
Vinatieri scored 127 points in 1998, converting 31 of 39 field goals and all 32 extra point attempts. His 31 field goals that season are tied with his 2004 total for the second most in franchise history (Tony Franklin, 32).
Vinatieri set a franchise rookie record with 120 points in 1996.
While in the World League, Vinatieri showed that he had a strong leg and could double as a punter. He was signed to add depth and consistency to the Patriots kickoff team in 1996 but ultimately displayed enough poise and promise to warrant the release of veteran placekicker Matt Bahr.
Vinatieri caught Dallas' Herschel Walker from behind and made a touchdown-saving tackle as a rookie at Dallas (12/15/96).
Vinatieri was a four-year letterman at South Dakota State as a placekicker ... He also handled the team's punting chores from 1992 through 1994, earning first-team all-conference honors in each of those three seasons ... He finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time scoring leader with 185 career points scored ... He converted 104-of-114 PATs (.912) and 27-of-53 field goals (.509) ... In 1992, he kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal, which he tied as a senior in 1994 ... He totaled 144 career punts with a career-long punt of 77 yards as a senior. 1994 (Senior): Converted 35-of-40 PATs and four-of-12 field goals for 47 points as a senior ... Tied his career-long with a 51-yard field goal ... Added 57 punts for a 43.5-yard average and had a career-long 77-yard punt to lead the league for his third consecutive season ... Ranked fourth in Division II ball with a 43.5-yard punting average. 1993 (Junior): Converted 38-of-41 PATs (.927) and seven-of-15 field goals (.467) for 59 total points as a junior to earn second-team all-conference honors ... Averaged 41.8 yards on 36 punts and had a season-long 57 yards. 1992 (Sophomore): Led the team in scoring when he converted 16-of-18 PATs (.889) and eight-of-13 field goals (.615) for 40 total points ... Set a school record with a 51-yard field goal vs. North Dakota ... Earned first-team all-league honors as a punter with 58 punts for a 40.1-yard average as a sophomore. 1991 (Freshman): Handled all the kicking duties for South Dakota State as a freshman ... Converted 15-of-15 PATs and 8-of-13 field goal attempts for 39 points.
2005 (16/0/0/0): Ranks first on the Patriots’ all-time leading scoring list with 1,158 points … Has converted 20 game-winning kicks in his career, including two game-winners in 2005 … Ranks as the Patriots all-time leader with 263 career field goals … His 81.9 percent accuracy rate is tied for fifth best in NFL history for kickers who have made more than 100 field goals … Has made 25 straight field goals in the fourth quarter … Has connected on 31 of his last 32 field goals in the second half … Has hit 110 of his last 129 field goals (85.3%) … Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting the game-winning field goal against Pittsburgh in Week 3 … Passed Gino Cappelletti (1,130 points) and became the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer with a 34-yard field goal against the N.Y. Jets (12/5/05) … Recorded 100 points for the 10th consecutive season. Oakland (9/8): Made good on his only field goal opportunity of the evening from 26 yards out … Cut the Raiders lead to 7-3 with a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter … Connected on three of four extra point attempts … Had an extra point blocked in the third quarter … It was his first point after miss since Nov. 16, 2003, when he had a PAT blocked against Dallas. at Carolina (9/18): Connected on his only field goal opportunity from 45 yards … Nailed both extra point attempts … Cut the Panthers’ lead to 20-10 with a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on three of four field goals and both extra point opportunities in the Patriots’ 23-20 victory over the Steelers … Cut the Steelers lead to 13-10 with a 48-yard field goal with 14 second remaining in the third quarter … Gave the Patriots a 20-13 lead with a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter … Nailed a game-winning 43-yard field goal with one second remaining in the fourth quarter, his 18th game-winner of his career … Missed a 52-yard field goal in the third quarter. San Diego (10/2): Connected on one of two field goals and made good on both extra point opportunities … Tied the game at 17-17 with a 24-yard field goal just before halftime …Missed a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter. at Atlanta (10/9): Nailed the game-winning, 29-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 31-28 win over the Falcons … Was perfect on all four of his extra point opportunities. at Denver (10/16): Gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead with a 39-yard field goal with 5:37 remaining in the first quarter … Nailed a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter … Missed a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the first half … Made good on both extra point opportunities … Collected three touchbacks on kickoffs. Buffalo (10/30): Connected on all three of his extra point opportunities in the Patriots’ 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football … Missed a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter. Indianapolis (11/7): Make good on all three of his extra point opportunities. at Miami (11/13): Made good on all three of his field goal opportunities in the Patriots’ 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins … Cut the Dolphins’ lead to 7-3 with a 35-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the second quarter … Nailed a 32-yard field goal with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter … Extended the Patriots lead to 15-7 with a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. New Orleans (11/20): Connected on all three of his extra point opportunities and on his lone field goal attempt in the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Saints … Gave the Patriots a 24-7 lead with a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. at Kansas City (11/27): Cut the Chiefs’ lead to 13-3 with a 29-yard field goal with 6:52 remaining in the second quarter … Made good on his only extra point opportunity. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Connected on three of four field goal attempts in the Patriots’ 16-3 victory over the Jets … Was perfect on his only extra point opportunity … Gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead with a 21-yard field goal with 5:36 remaining in the second quarter … Became the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer with a 34-yard field goal late in the second quarter … Gave the Patriots a 16-3 advantage with a 22-yard field goal with 14:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. at Buffalo (12/11): Made good on all five of his extra point opportunities in the Patriots’ commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills. Tampa Bay (12/17): Connected on all four of his extra point opportunities in the Patriots’ 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Connected on his only field goal attempt from 26 yards out in the Patriots’ 31-21 victory over the Jets … Was perfect on all four of his extra point opportunities … Gave the Patriots a commanding 31-14 lead with a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter … Collected a special teams tackle. Miami (1/1): Connected on both of his field goal opportunities (49, 33) and made good on his only extra point opportunity … Nailed a 49- yard field goal on the last play of the first half … Connected on a 33-yard field goal with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter.
2005 Postseason (2/0/0/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Made good on all four of his extra point attempts in the Patriots' 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars ... Pinned the Jaguars deep in their own territory with a 24-yard pooch punt that was downed at the Jacksonville 4-yard line in the first quarter. at Denver (1/14): Made two of three field goals and was perfect on his only extra point attempt ... Gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead with a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter ... Cut the Broncos lead to 10-6 with a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter ... Missed a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
2004 (16/0, 3/0): Vinatieri was named to his second career Pro Bowl after a season in which he led the NFL with a career-high 141 points and set a team record for kicking points in a single season … Led the NFL with 25 points in the playoffs, including the fourth-quarter field goal in Super Bowl XXXIX that provided New England's three-point margin of victory … Tied a career high with 31 field goals … Set a career high and a team record by connecting on 93.9 percent of his field goal chances … Recorded a string of 23 consecutive successful field goals (10/10-12/27), establishing the second longest streak in team history … Was successful on 29 of his last 30 field goals, including a perfect 5-for-5 performance in the playoffs … Converted all 58 of his extra point opportunities, including all 10 of his chances in the playoffs … Became just the second Patriot to reach the 1,000-point plateau (Gino Cappelletti) against the Bills (11/14) … Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November after he was a perfect 14-of-14 in field goal attempts and 10-for- 10 in point-after-touchdowns for a total of 52 points in the month … Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making good on all four of his field goal attempts (43, 31, 45, 36) and throwing his first career touchdown pass against St. Louis (11/7) … Named NFL Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on two field goals (48, 31) in the AFC Championship victory over Pittsburgh (1/23/05). Indianapolis (9/9): Connected on a pair of field goals and was perfect on all three extra-point attempts in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Colts ... Got the Patriots on the board first with a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter ... Nailed a 43-yard field goal on the last play from scrimmage in the first half to cut the Colts lead to 17-13. at Arizona (9/19): Made good on all three of his field goal attempts and was perfect on two extra point opportunities in the Patriots' 23-12 victory over the Cardinals ... Nailed a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 17-6 lead ... Connected on a 28-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 20-12 lead with 12:02 remaining in the fourth quarter ... Sealed the Patriots' victory with a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. at Buffalo (10/3): Nailed a 42-yard field goal to extend the Patriots' lead to 10-3 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter ... Was perfect on all four of his extra point opportunities ... Recorded one special teams tackle. Miami (10/10): Made good on a 40-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 10-0 advantage with 13:33 remaining in the second quarter. Seattle (10/17): Connected on all three of his field goal opportunities (30, 39, 40) in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks ... Was perfect on three extra-point attempts ... Gave the Patriots a 10-0 advantage with a 40-yard field goal with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter ... Nailed a 39-yard field goal ... Nailed a 30-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 23-17 lead in the fourth quarter. N.Y. Jets (10/24): Made good on both of his field goal attempts (41, 27) in the Patriots' 13-7 win over the Jets ... Boomed a 41-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead with 8:33 remaining in the first quarter ... Gave the Patriots a 6-0 advantage with a 27-yard field goal with 9:31 remaining in the second quarter. at Pittsburgh (10/31): Connected on both field goal attempts (43, 25) and both extra point opportunities against the Steelers ... Gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead with a 43-yard field goal with 11:39 remaining in the first quarter ... Nailed a 25-yard field goal with 10:41 remaining in the third quarter. at St. Louis (11/7): Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making good on all four of his field goal attempts (43, 31, 45, 36) and throwing his first career touchdown pass in the Patriots' 40-22 road win against the Rams ... Gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead with a 43-yard field goal with 11:25 remaining in the first quarter ... Nailed a 31-yard field goal with 5:42 left in the first quarter ... Booted a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 16-14 advantage ... Extended the Patriots lead to 19-14 with a 36-yard field goal on the final play of the first half ... Threw his first career touchdown pass to Troy Brown from four yards out on a fake field goal in the third quarter. Buffalo (11/14): Tied a career-high with five field goals (27, 24, 20, 45, 37) in the Patriots' commanding 29-6 victory over the Bills ... Set a single game career-high with 17 points in the victory ... Became just the second Patriot to reach the 1,000-point plateau (Gino Cappelletti) with his extra point following the Patriots' first touchdown of the evening ... Gave the Patriots an early 3-0 lead with a 27-yard field goal with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter ... Made good on a 24-yard field goal with 10:35 left to play in the second quarter ... Extended the Patriots lead to 23-0 with a 20-yard field goal early in the third quarter ... Nailed a 45-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a 26-6 advantage ... Capped off the scoring with a 37-yard field goal with 4:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. at Kansas City (11/22): Made both of his field goal attempts (37, 28) in the Patriots' 27-19 Monday Night victory over the Chiefs ... Was perfect on all three extra point opportunities ... Nailed a 37-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 17-10 lead with 3:52 remaining in the second quarter ... Booted a 28-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 27-19 lead with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter ... Notched a solo tackle on special teams coverage units. Baltimore (11/28): Despite rainy, windy conditions made good on all three of his field goal attempts (28, 40, 48) in the Patriots' 24-3 victory over the Ravens ... Was perfect on his only extra point attempt of the afternoon ... Gave the Patriots a 3-0 advantage with a 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter ... Booted a 48-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 6-3 lead with 11:22 remaining in the third quarter ... Connected on a 48-yard field goal to increase the Patriots lead to 9-3 with 5:39 left to play in the third quarter. at Cleveland (12/5): Tied a career-high with six successful extra point attempts in the Patriots' 42-15 victory over the Browns. Cincinnati (12/12): Made good on all five of his extra point attempts in the Patriots' AFC East clinching 35-28 victory over the Bengals. at Miami (12/20): Connected on all four of his extra point opportunities. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Connected on three of four field goal attempts in the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Jets ... Gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead with a 28-yard field goal with 7:47 remaining in the second quarter ... Nailed a 29-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 13-0 lead with seven seconds remaining before halftime ... Missed on a 50-yard field goal attempt in windy conditions just before halftime ... Made good on a 26-yard field goal to give the Patriots a commanding 16-0 advantage with 37 second remaining in the third quarter. San Francisco (1/2): Connected on all three of his extra point opportunities in the Patriots' 21-7 victory over the 49ers.
2004 Postseason (3/0/0/0): Indianapolis (1/16): Connected on two field goals (24,31) in the Patriots' 20-3 victory over the Colts ... Gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead with a 24-yard field goal with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter ... Nailed a 31-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 6-0 advantage with 7:56 remaining in the second quarter. at Pittsburgh (1/23): Named NFL Specials Teams Player of the Week after connecting on two field goals (48, 31) in the Patriots' 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers … Tied the longest field goal in Patriots postseason history with a 48-yard kick to give New England a 3-0 lead with 11:20 remaining in the first quarter … The kick also tied the longest fi eld goal in Heinz Field history and was the longest successful kick by a visiting player in the four-year history of the stadium. Philadelphia (2/6): Made good on his only field goal attempt (22) and on all three of his extra point opportunities in the Patriots' 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX … Gave the Patriots a 24-14 lead with a 22-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, a boot that ended up providing the Patriots' three-point margin of victory.
2003 (16/0, 3/0): Finished sixth in the AFC with 112 points … Scored 27 points in the postseason, including a game-winning 41-yard field goal with four seconds left in Super Bowl XXXVIII … Tied an NFL playoff record with five successful field goals in the AFC Championship Game (01/18/04) … Nailed his 200th career field goal with a 46-yarder at Denver (11/03). Buffalo (9/7): Did not register a point for the first time in 110 games, including the playoffs. N.Y. Jets (9/21): Connected on all three of his field goal opportunities … His 47-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half gave the team a 9-6 lead that they would never relinquish … Scored 11 total points. Tennessee (10/5): Nailed a 48-yard field goal, giving the Patriots a 24-19 advantage with 11:52 remaining in the game … Was perfect on five extra point attempts. Miami (10/19): Nailed a 30-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining before halftime to cut the Dolphins lead to 10-6 … Registered a touchback on the opening kickoff of the game. Cleveland (10/26): Nailed four of five field goal attempts for his second of four games with three successful field goals on the season. Denver (11/3): Registered a season-high 12 points … Made good on all three of his field goal opportunities (40,46, 28) and three extra points … Nailed his 200th career field goal, a 46-yarder just before halftime … Pulled the Patriots to within a point, 24-23, with a 28-yard field goal with 11:08 remaining in the game. Dallas (11/16): Connected on both of his field goal attempts (23,26) in the Patriots’ 12-0 win over the Cowboys. Houston (11/23): Converted his 15th career game-winning kick, a 28-yarder with 41 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Patriots a 23-20 victory over the Texans … Made good on three of five field goal attempts (21, 32, 28) as part of an 11-point effort. Jacksonville (12/14): Connected on both field goal attempts (22, 31) and three extra points … Nailed a 22-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead with 14:13 left in the second quarter … Made good on a 31-yard field goal to increase the Patriots lead to 13-6 with 2:30 remaining in the second quarter. Tennessee (1/10): Nailed a game-winning 46-yard field goal with 4:06 remaining in the game to give the Patriots a 17-14 lead … The kick was his 16th career game-winner and the third of his four game-winners in the playoffs. Indianapolis (1/18): Tied an NFL playoff record with five field goals in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory over the Colts … Connected on a 27-yard field goal to give the Patriots an 18-7 advantage with 7:20 left in the third quarter … Sealed the Patriots’ second trip to the Super Bowl in three years with a 34-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 24-14 lead with 50 seconds remaining in the game … Collected a special teams tackle on a kickoff return at the start of the third quarter. Carolina (2/1): Nailed his 17th career game-winning field goal on a 41-yard kick with four seconds left in Super Bowl XXXVIII to give the Patriots a 32-29 win over the Panthers … The kick was his second Super Bowl-winning field goal in the last three seasons.
2002 (16/0): Vinatieri finished third in the AFC with 117 points
It was the third-highest total of his career, and his highest total since he scored 127 in 1998
Became only the second player in NFL history to reach the 100-point plateau in each of his first seven seasons (Jason Elam holds the record with 10 straight seasons)
Led the NFL in field goal percentage (27-30, 90.0 percent)
Boomed a franchise-long, 57-yard field goal at Chicago (11/10), the longest field goal kicked in the NFL in 2002
Booted a game-tying, 43-yard field goal against Miami (12/29) with 1:09 remaining to send the game to overtime, then nailed a 35-yarder in the extra frame to spark the Patriots to a 27-24 win in the season finale
Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following Week 17 game against Miami (12/29)
Kicked a game-winning, 35-yard field goal in overtime vs. Kansas City (9/22)
Played in his 100th career game at San Diego (9/29)
Scored at least one point in each of his last 110 games (including playoffs). Pittsburgh (9/9): Connected on all three of his field goal attempts and all three extra point attempts in the Patriots 30-14 victory over the Steelers on Monday Night Football
Scored a total of 12 points, to give him an even 700 for his career and move him past John Smith into second place on the Patriots all-time scoring list. N.Y. Jets (9/15): Perfect on three field goals and five extra points, good for a season high total of 14 points as the Patriots beat the Jets, 44-7
Connected on field goals of 28, 31 and 40 yards
His 28-yard kick with one second left before halftime gave the Patriots a 10-0 lead going into the break. Kansas City (9/22): Nailed the 13th game-winning kick of his career, a 35-yarder in overtime that gave the Patriots a 41-38 win over the Chiefs
Once again perfect on all of his field goal (2) and extra point (3) opportunities, totaling nine points
Boomed two kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. San Diego (9/29): Had his string of 15 straight successful field goals snapped
Perfect on a pair of extra points. Buffalo (11/3): Perfect for the fourth week in a row in the Patriots 38-7 win over the Bills
Connected on a 46-yard field goal and five extra points. Chicago (11/10): Nailed a franchise-long, 57-yard field goal to open the scoring in the second quarter
Kicked a season-high four field goals as the Patriots edged the Bears 33-30 in a thrilling, come-from-behind win
Perfect on all of his opportunities for the fifth week in a row. Oakland (11/17): Hit two out of three field goal tries and booted a pair of extra points
Passed Gino Cappelletti into first place on the Patriots all-time field goals list with the 177th field goal of his career (31-yarder). Detroit (11/28): Perfect on all of his opportunities for the sixth time in the past seven games, nailing a pair of field goals and a pair of extra points as the Patriots tamed the Lions, 20-12, on Thanksgiving Day
Remained perfect in domed stadiums, adding two more kicks to bring his streak to 29 tries without a miss indoors. N.Y. Jets (12/22): On his first extra point of the game, passed the 100-point mark to become just the second player in NFL history to score over 100 points in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL
Nailed a 49-yard field goal on his only field goal opportunity in the second quarter. Miami (12/29): Converted all four of his field goal attempts, including game-tying and game-winning kicks to spark the Patriots to a 27-24 overtime win against the Dolphins in the season finale
Named AFC Special Teams player of the Week for his efforts
Nailed a 35-yard kick 2:03 into overtime to win the game and notch his 14th career game-winning kick and his second of the season
Connected on a game-tying, 42-yard boot with 1:09 left in the game to send the contest into an extra frame
Booted a kickoff deep into Miami territory in the fourth quarter, giving the Dolphins possession at their own four-yard line and keeping the comeback bid in high gear.
2001 (16/0, 3/0): Vinatieri finished the season ranked fourth in the AFC and tied for seventh in the NFL with 113 points … Became just the second player in NFL history to record 100 points in each of his first six years (Jason Elam) … Successfully converted five game-winning field goals, including two in the postseason, increasing his career total to 13 … Voted AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his four field goal performance, including a 23-yard game-winning kick in overtime at Buffalo (12/16) … Boomed the longest field goal in Foxboro Stadium history and the third longest in Patriots history, 54 yards, vs. Cleveland (12/9). Indianapolis (9/30): Connected on all five of his extra points and three field goals, totaling a season-high 14 points in the Patriots 44-13 victory over the Colts. Miami (10/7): Became only the third Patriots player to score more than 600 career points on his 37-yard field goal in the second quarter, only Gino Cappelletti (1,130) and John Smith (692) have more points in franchise history. San Diego (10/14): Kicked a game-winning 44-yard field goal in overtime to give the Patriots a 29-26 victory over the Chargers … His 44-yard field goal, at the time, was the longest game-winning kick of his career … Missed an extra point, his only miss of the season, and snapped a streak of 42 consecutive extra points without a miss. Indianapolis (10/21): Remained perfect inside the RCA Dome, connecting on all five of his extra points and a 43-yard field goal in the Patriots 38-17 victory … He has made all 10 of his field goals and all 17 extra points during his six visits to the RCA Dome. Atlanta (11/4): Connected on a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter and made all of his three extra points in the Patriots 24-10 victory over the Falcons. New York (12/2): Kicked his second game-winning kick of the season, when he nailed a 28-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 17-16 lead with 6:29 remaining in the game … Became just the third Patriot to amass 650 points during his career on his 28-yard game-winning field goal, joining Gino Cappelletti (1,130 points) and John Smith (692). Cleveland (12/9): Converted on two of four field goal attempts, including a 54-yarder in the Patriots 27-16 victory over the Browns … His 54-yard kick was the longest by a Patriot at home in the history of the franchise, the second longest of his career and the third longest in franchise history … Booted a pooch punt 33 yards in the fourth quarter that was downed by Lonie Paxton at the Browns two-yard line. Buffalo (12/16): Scored all of the Patriots points, including a 23-yard game-winning field goal, in a 12-9 overtime victory over the Bills … Voted Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game for his performance … Added field goals of 40, 32 and 25 yards … His game-winning kick was the 11th of his career and his third of the season. Miami (12/22): Eclipsed the 100-point plateau for the sixth consecutive season on his 32-yard field goal in the second quarter … He became just the second player in NFL history to record 100 points in each of his first six years (Jason Elam) … Added a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter. Carolina (1/6): Opened the scoring in the game with a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter and added five extra points in the 38-6 victory over the Panthers. Oakland (1/19): Nailed all three of his field goal attempts and an extra point in a 16-13 overtime victory over the Raiders in a game played in a heavy snow storm and difficult field conditions … Kicked arguably one of the biggest field goals in NFL history, a game-tying 45-yard kick, with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime … Connected on a 23-yard game-winning field goal in overtime to earn the Patriots a spot in the AFC Championship game. St. Louis (2/3): Connected on a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give the Patriots a 20-17 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI … It was the first time a Super Bowl had been decided on the final play of the game … His 48-yard game-winning kick was the 13th and longest of his career … Ranks first in franchise postseason history with 54 points.
2000 (16/0): Scored in all 16 games and led the Patriots with 106 points … Ranked ninth in the AFC with 106 points … Kicked 16 consecutive field goals during the 2000 season, the second-highest total in Patriots history to his previous record of 25 from 11/24/96 to 11/9/97 … Eclipsed the 500 point mark on an extra point vs. Indianapolis (10/8) to become just the third Patriots player to do so (Gino Cappelletti - 1,130, John Smith - 692) … Moved past John Smith (128) on Patriots all-time successful field goals list with a 43-yard field goal at Detroit (11/23) … Vinatieri finished the season with 136 successful field goals. Tampa Bay (9/3): Opened the season with four points, nailing 30-yard field goal and one extra point. N.Y. Jets (9/11): Accumulated a season-high 13 points, connecting on four-of-five field goals and an extra point … Connected on field goals from 32, 35, 30 and 33 yards. Miami (9/24): Accounted for the Patriots only points of the game, with a 40-yard field goal. Denver (10/1): Connected on all four extra points in the Patriots 28-19 win … Boomed five of six kickoffs into the end zone, two for touchbacks. Indianapolis (10/22): Converted all five of his kicks, three field goals and two extra points, accounting for 11 of the Patriots 23 points ... Vinatieri remained perfect in RCA Dome. Buffalo (11/5): Successful on a 48-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the first half ... Kicked go-ahead field goal with 2:03 remaining in game. Cincinnati (11/19): Nailed three field goals, including a game-winning 22-yarder with three seconds remaining in game … It was the seventh successful game-winning field goal of his career … Extended his streak of successful field goals to eleven consecutive kicks. Detroit (11/23): Earned Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game honors, scoring all nine Patriots points on field goals of 24, 27 and 43 yards ... Extended his successful field goals indoors to 21. Kansas City (12/4): Notched the longest outdoor field goal of his career, when he connected on a 53-yarder as first half expired … His previous outdoor high was 52 yards vs. Buffalo (10/12/97) ... Converted two field goals before missing a 37-yarder, snapping his consecutive field goal streak at 16 ... It is the second longest streak in team history, trailing only his record of 25. Buffalo (12/17): Kicked game-winning 24-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining in overtime for the 13-10 win ... The game-winning kick was the eighth of his career ... Vinatieri battled driving snow and wind gusts of over 40 m.p.h. during the game and was successful on three of his four kicks.
1999 (16/0): Played in every game and led the team in scoring with 107 total points
His 107 points ranked 11th in the AFC
After four years, only Denver's Jason Elam (479 through four seasons) scored more points faster than Vinatieri's 469 ... Earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September, after converting game-winning kicks in the first two games of the season ... Through September, he had converted 9-of-10 field goal attempts and all nine PATs for 36 points ... His field goals contributed to the wins in each of the first three games of the season. N.Y. Jets (9/12): Scored a season-high 12 points, including the game-winning 23-yard field goal for a 30-28 victory over the Jets in the season opener ... It was his fifth game-winning field goal in his four-year career. Indianapolis (9/19): Converted a 26-yard field goal with just 35 seconds remaining to help the Patriots claim a 31-28 victory over the Colts
It was his second consecutive game-winning field goal and the sixth of his four-year career. N.Y. Giants (9/26): Earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors after scoring 10 of the Patriots 16 points in a 16-14 victory over the Giants ... Converted all three field goal attempts and his only extra point attempt. Cleveland (10/2): Named special teams co-captain for the game ... Converted his first two field goals of the game, but had his consecutive field goal streak snapped at nine when he missed his first attempt of the season in the third quarter ... Extended his consecutive PAT streak to 106 straight to set a franchise record (previously held by Gino Cappelletti) ... His streak began vs. Buffalo on Oct. 27, 1996. Kansas City (10/10): Converted both extra point attempts to give him 400 points for his career ... Became just the fifth player in franchise history to reach that plateau ... Missed field goal attempts of 48 and 32 yards in a 16-14 loss ... His 32-yard attempt came with just nine seconds remaining in the game ... It was the seventh game-winning field goal attempt of his career ... He was successful on his first six attempts. Miami (10/17): After opening the season by connecting on his first nine field goal attempts, he missed his next three kicks entering the Miami game ... He rebounded by converting all three field goal attempts and all three extra point attempts to score 12 of the Patriots 30 points ... Extended his PAT streak to a franchise-best 111 straight. Arizona (10/31): Had his franchise-record streak of successful extra point attempts snapped at 117 when his third attempt of the game was blocked ... He had not missed in over three seasons ... The streak began during his rookie year in Buffalo (10/27/96) ... It was just the second blocked PAT attempt of his career - the first was against Jacksonville (9/22/96). Indianapolis (12/12): Converted all three field goal attempts ... It was the 16th time in his career that he had converted at least three field goals in a game ... His second field goal moved him ahead of Franklin (445 points) into third place on the team's all-time scoring list. Philadelphia (12/19): Kicked field goals of 23, 43 and 46 yards ... It was the 17th time of his career that he had at least three field goals in a game. Baltimore (1/2/00): Converted his longest field goal of the year, a 51-yard effort, in a 20-3 victory over the Ravens ... It was his fifth career field goal of 50 yards or more ... Converted every attempt, including two field goals and two PATs for eight total points ... Finished the season with 107 total points ... His fourth consecutive 100-point season ... Only Cappelletti has a longer streak of 100-point seasons (six).
1998 (16/0, 1/0): Played in every game for the Patriots, extending his consecutive games played streak to 48 games … Scored a career-high 127 points, converting 31 of 39 field goals and all 32 extra point attempts … His 31 field goals were the second-most in franchise history, only Franklin, who converted 32 field goals in 1986, had more … His 127 points ranked seventh in franchise history and was the most by a Patriot since Franklin scored 140 points in 1986 … It also ranked fifth (tied) in the league in 1998, tied for third in the AFC … Kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal at St. Louis (12/13) … Recorded nine special teams tackles … He was twice voted the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and also received AFC Special Teams Player of the Month recognition for the month of October … Converted three field goals, including a long of 52 yards, in a 29-6 victory over Indianapolis (9/13) … Converted a season-long streak of nine consecutive field goals, beginning with kicks of 43 and 41 yards in a 27-16 victory over Tennessee (9/20) … Had three field goals, including the game-winning 27-yard field goal in a 30-27 victory over New Orleans (10/4) to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week … Converted all four field goal attempts and all four extra point attempts in a 40-10 white-washing of the Kansas City Chiefs (10/11) … His 16 points in that game tied a career-high … Converted 3-of-4 field goal attempts at Miami (10/25) to close out the month of October converting 10-of-11 field goals and all nine extra point attempts for 39 total points … The performance earned him his first AFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors … Scored 14 points by converting all four field goals and both extra point attempts in a come-from-behind 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins (11/23) to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time in 1998 … Provided seven points in a 25-21 victory over Buffalo (11/29) … Scored 11 points, including all three field goals and both extra points in a 23-9 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh (12/6) … Converted all four field goal attempts for 12 points at St. Louis (12/13) … Kicked a 35-yard field goal with just three seconds remaining in the game to give the Patriots a 24-21 victory over San Francisco (12/20) and clinch a playoff berth for a franchise-record third straight season … It was his second game-winning kick of the season and the fourth of his career..
1997 (16/0, 2/0): Played in every game and led the team in scoring with 115 points - sixth in the AFC … Earned first-team All-AFC honors from the Football News and was the recipient of the Shaw's 12th Man Award, as voted on by the New England fans … Handled all kicking duties, including kickoffs, field goals and PATs … Converted 25 of 29 field goals (.862) and all 40 PATs … His 115 points ranks 10th among the Patriots all-time leading single season scorers … His 25 field goals ranked fifth in franchise history … Converted 3-of-5 field goals and a pair of extra points to lead the team with 11 points in the postseason … Set a franchise record for the longest postseason field goal with a 46-yard kick at Pittsburgh (1/3/98) … Opened the season with a pair of field goals and five PATs in a 41-7 victory over the Chargers (8/31) … Set a new franchise record with his 15th consecutive field goal without a miss at Denver (10/6) … Earned Miller Lite Player of the Game and Staples Star of the Game honors after converting all four field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder, and three PATs for 15 points in the Patriots 33-6 victory over Buffalo (10/12) … His 52-yard field goal was the fourth longest field goal in Patriots history … Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Buffalo … Named special teams captain at the Jets (10/19) and extended his field goal streak to a league-best 21 consecutive successful field goals … Remained perfect for the season, converting his first 17 field goal attempts and every PAT attempt until the 10th game of the season at Buffalo (11/9) when he missed a 42-yard attempt wide right … His streak of successful kicks ended just six short of the NFL record of 31 consecutive field goals held by Fuad Reveiz … Followed with a 45-yard attempt, which caromed off the right upright and was no good … It was just the second time in his career that he had missed two attempts in a game … His first was also at Buffalo (9/8/96) where he missed two field goals and had a third attempt blocked in a 17-10 loss … Eclipsed the 100-point plateau for the season at Jacksonville (12/7) and scored 14 points, converting 4-of-5 field goal attempts and a pair of PATs … Converted just 1-of-3 field goals in the first-round playoff victory over Miami (12/28) … Scored all six points with a pair of field goals at Pittsburgh (1/3/98) in a 7-6 loss.
1996 (16/0, 3/0): Vinatieri played in every game as a rookie, including all three playoff games ... Led the team in scoring with 120 points, which ranked third in the AFC and fifth overall ... His 120 points by a rookie ranked eighth in NFL history and was the most since Kevin Butler set a new record in 1985 with 144 total points ... It also set a new Patriots rookie scoring record, which Curtis Martin had set in 1995 when he scored 92 points ... The team record for points scored in a season by a rookie kicker was 90, set by John Smith in 1974 ... Vinatieri combined with Curtis Martin to establish another franchise first, as both players scored over 100 points to give the Patriots their first scoring tandem to eclipse the century mark ... Made his NFL debut in the Patriots season-opener at Miami (9/1) and connected on a 25-yard field goal, his only attempt of the day ... Converted a 42-yard field goal at Buffalo (9/8), but missed on kicks from 45, 25 and 47 yards away, as two kicks bounced off the crossbar ... Missed an extra point attempt and a 47-yard attempt vs. Arizona (9/15), before he overcame his kicking slump at Jacksonville (9/22) ... Earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors and Miller Lite Player of the Game for his 5-for-6 performance against Jacksonville, including the game-winning 40-yard kick in overtime ... Scored a season-high 16 points in the game ... It was the first game-winning situation he had been in professionally and he converted the kick with the poise of a polished veteran ... His six field goal attempts in a game tied Cappelletti for fourth in team history ... His five field goals made ranks second in franchise history ... Converted his next six field goal attempts ... Scored 12 points and went three-for-three, including a season-long 50-yard kick the following week in a 46-38 victory at Baltimore (10/6) ... Scored 10 points, converting his first three kicks vs. Washington (10/13) before a 43-yard attempt sailed wide right, snapping his consecutive field goal streak at eight (fourth longest streak in franchise history) ... Connected on his next four attempts before attempting a season-long kick from 54 yards out, which fell short vs. Buffalo (10/27) ... Did not attempt a field goal in a 42-23 victory over Miami (11/3), which snapped a streak of eight consecutive games with a field goal, but he did convert all six PAT attempts ... Converted all six extra point attempts and connected on his only field goal attempt to score nine points in a 45-7 victory over San Diego (12/1) ... Scored 10 points the following week vs. the Jets (12/8) ... Scored the only points of the game with two field goals at Dallas (12/15), but made the play of the game on a Herschel Walker kick return when he caught the track star from behind and made a touchdown saving tackle after a 70-yard return down the sideline ... The defense held and the Cowboys had to settle for a field goal ... Closed out the season with five points in a 23-22 come-from-behind victory over the N.Y. Giants (12/21) ... He scored 13 points in three playoff games ... Concluded his rookie season with three PATs in the Super Bowl (1/26/97), completing a rookie year which included 33 professional games in just over 10 months (combining the World League and NFL games played during the 1996-97 campaign).
Entering the 2005 season, Adam is one of only two NFL players born in South Dakota. The other player is San Diego linebacker Ben Leber.
Adam is the only player in NFL history to record a successful field goal in three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX) and is one of just two kickers in league history to have played in four Super Bowls (along with Minnesota's Fred Cox).
Adam enters the 2005 season needing just 73 more points to become the Patriots' all-time leading scorer.