In the 1998 season, the Atlanta Falcons took on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game, a game that came down to one last field goal by Falcons' kicker Morten Andersen in overtime giving the team a 30-27 victory.
There's no doubt that former Falcons kicker Morten Andersen cracked a smile Thursday night after hearing he's one step away from being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The NFL's all-time leading scorer was selected as one of 15 finalists for the 2015 Class.
"It's out of my hands," Andersen said. "There's not much I can do right now. We'll just see what happens. I would be humbled, obviously, if they decided to let me in."
When the voters sit down to look at each resume of the 15 finalists, Andersen's may take the longest to review. He scored more points than anybody in the NFL (2,654) and is the only player in league history to be the top scorer for two teams (Falcons and Saints).
Among his long list of records, the left-footed kicker known as the "Great Dane" has the most field goals made (565) and scored at least one point in a game for 22.5-straight years (360-consecutive games).
The 54-year-old kicker now waits for a hopeful phone call prior to the announcement of the 2015 PFHOF Class on Jan. 31. The mindset between now and then is similar to Andersen's approach to each of his kicks during his remarkable 25-year career.
"I think you look at the big picture," Andersen said. "I don't think that one kick, good or bad, defined me as a kicker. I had to manage my emotions. I didn't get too high or too low. You trust your preparation. All your work is done prior to it."