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Bosher Has Career Night Against Saints

Posted Dec 1, 2012

Quietly, Matt Bosher played a significant role in the Falcons win on Thursday. Punters don't get a lot of love and early in Bosher's career, he got quite the opposite of love, but he's become one of the game's best.

As the currently popular football adage goes, "punters are people, too."

With that in mind, let's take a look at one of the better performances in Thursday's win over the Saints that won't get much mention.

Second-year punter Matt Bosher's early rookie season struggles are a distant memory. Since the later portion of last season through Thursday night, he's firmly planted himself among the better punters in the league. His performance against the Saints may have been one of the best games of his career.

While the defense gets a lot of deserved credit for preventing the Saints from scoring touchdowns after the offense struggled for much of the game, Bosher should get some credit for setting up field position favorable for the Falcons. After a number of three-and-out situations, Bosher continued to take the field and pin the Saints deep.

His punting average of 53.2 yards was a career high and his six punts tied a season high. Of those punts four were returned but credit the coverage teams for limiting the Saints to a 15-yard return average. The Saints average starting drive position was their own 25-yard line.

Bosher's 47.9 punting average this season is ranked ninth in the league. His 15 pair catches on punts is tied for fourth in the NFL.

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