NFL kickers missed like never before Sunday, setting a record with 12 failed extra point attempts.
Kickers missed left, right, had kicks blocked and hit the uprights. Kickers missed in the wind and indoors. It’s 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 20-yard attempt became a 33-yarder. In Week 13 of last season, kickers missed eight. That mark was eclipsed by mid-afternoon Sunday.
Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent and Robbie Gould of the New York Giants each missed two extra-point attempts.
Chicago’s Connor Barth, Minnesota’s Kai Forbath, Jacksonville’s Jason Myers, Cleveland’s Cody Parkey and New England’s Stephen Gostkowski each missed one. Seattle’s Steven Hauschka and Detroit’s Matt Prater had kicks blocked.
At night, Dustin Hopkins of Washington clanged one off the upright, in windy conditions.
Barth and Gould also 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 Minnesota’s kicker this week.
In the early-afternoon games, Nugent’s misses arguably had the biggest impact. The Bengals lost 16-12 to the Buffalo Bills and drove all the way to Buffalo’s 27-yard line in the closing seconds. If Nugent hadn’t missed those two extra-point attempts, the Bengals could have attempted a winning field goal at the end of the game rather than unsuccessfully trying to score a touchdown.
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