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New Orleans Saints place kicker Wil Lutz (3) kicks an extra point following a touchdown reception by New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) during the first half of an NFL Wild Card Playoff game in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

The first playoff kick of Wil Lutz's career was a big one. 

Long, to be more accurate.

Lutz hit from 57 yards on Sunday against the Panthers, tying Cincinnati's Mike Nugent for the second-longest postseason kick in NFL history, although he didn't realize it when he lined it up. 

"It's find of funny, I was telling Thomas (Morstead), I didn't even know until about 10 plays after that it was a 57-yarder," Lutz said. "I actually thought it was 52. I saw the line and two ticks, so that's what I thought it was. It's probably a good thing, I didn't try to swing out of your shoes."

Lutz tied his career long. 

"57's about where I'm at this late in the season," Lutz said. "I'm pretty much comfortable with what he throws me out there for. Whatever he's comfortable with, I'm comfortable with, that's just kind of how it works."

The key is figuring out the line. Lutz typically does that in warmups, and then he goes to Saints coach Sean Payton and lets him know the distance.

"If he calls field goal, I'm going for it," Lutz said. "I give him two lines. I give him the line of realistic game time, take this, and half-ending, game-ending, this is the line."

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