NFL kickers missed like never before on Sunday, setting a record with 11 failed extra point attempts
NFLkickersmissed like never before on Sunday, setting a record with 11 failed extra point attempts.
Kickersmissed left, right, had kicks blocked and hit the uprights.Kickersmissed in the wind and indoors. With several games left,kickersalready had the most misses in one week since the NFL merger.
The NFL moved extra-point attempts back before last season because the kicks had become routine, and professionals almost never missed. The 18-yard attempt became a 35-yarder. In Week 13 of last season,kickers missed eight. That mark was eclipsed by mid-afternoon Sunday.
Cincinnatis Mike Nugent and Robbie Gould of the New York Giants each missed two extra-point attempts. Chicagos Connor Barth, Minnesotas Kai Forbath, Jacksonvilles Jason Myers, Clevelands Cody Parkey and New Englands Stephen Gostkowski each missed one. Seattles Steven Hauschka and Detroits Matt Prater had kicks blocked.
Barth and Gould were kicking in gusty winds in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Forbath, Myers and Prater all missed despite being indoors.
It was much windier than it usually is, Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie said. It was a cross-wind from our bench to theirs, then it switched toward the end of the game diagonal from our tunnel to the opposite tunnel.
Forbath had just replaced the ineffective Blair Walsh as Minnesotaskickerthis week.
In the early-afternoon games, Nugents misses arguably had the biggest impact. The Bengals lost 16-12 to the Buffalo Bills and drove all the way to Buffalos 27-yard line in the closing seconds. If Nugent hadnt missed those two extra-point attempts, the Bengals could have attempted a game-winning field goal at the end of the game rather than unsuccessfully trying to score a touchdown.