- 10/12/2010, 05:54PM ET
U. Wrex said 10/12, 05:54 PM
1. Scott Norwood-Bills vs Giants- January 27, 1991 - Super Bowl 25. Missed the game winning field goal.
2. Gary Anderson-Vikings vs Falcons- January 17, 1999- NFC Championship game. Would have given the Vikes a 10 point lead with 2 minutes left. Falcons tie the game and win in overtime.
3. Jim Turner- Broncos vs Steelers- September 22, 1974- Missed a field goal in overtime. Would have one the game but it ended in the first tie in NFL history.
You can argue in your first argument.
baron. said 10/13, 10:43 AM
While your miss might be more historic, that it lead to the first tie in NFL history, mine is a more significant miss.
Jim Turner's miss happened in Week 2 of the '74 season. He was a solid kicker for his day - made 62.3 % - but isn't anywhere near one of the best (% wise) all time. That day he missed from 41 yards - not an easy kick for him or kickers of his time MTC - and the game ended in a tie.
My choice was the #2 offense and #2 defense in points scored and allowed. They had gone through the regular season with a 14-2 record and were the #1 seed in the AFC. Playing on their home field vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers they were down 21-18, with Pittsburgh going in for the game clinching TD when Jerome Bettis fumbled on the goal line. Indy had a chance with Mike Vanderjagt kicking for the tie.
At the time Vanderjagt was the most accurate kicker in league history, and had only missed 2 field goals all season - only ONE miss between 40-49 yards - 92%.
From 46 yards...for the tie...
This kick ended Mike's career.
U. Wrex said 10/14, 07:37 AM
Mike Vanderjagt should have never had the opportunity to kick the field. Jerome Bettis fumbled within the last two minutes giving the Colts the ball. That was Bettis' first fumble that year and his second in the last two years.
Even if he would have made that kick it would have only sent the game into overtime, it would not have won it. The way the Steelers defense was playing there was no guarantee the the Colts would win it in overtime Their last 8 offense plays resulted in 14 total yards.
The missed field goal in overtime not only would have given the Broncos the win but it would have put them into a position to get a wild card late in the year. They finished 1.5 games back of the wild card. If they one this game they would be 1 game out. They lost their last game which the could have one against a weak San Diego team.
baron. said 10/14, 09:51 AM
Kicking has become more specialized - long gone are the days of QBs and offensive lineman kicking FGs - and with that has come better %'s. You can't expect a guy like Turner to make a 41 yarder with the pressure on. He hit 52% of his kicks that year, and was a 25% kicker from 40-49 yards.
Not a gimme.
Mike Vanderjagt should have never had the opportunity to kick the field.
But he did...and he missed horribly.
Their last 8 offense plays resulted in 14 total yards.
They racked up over 300 yards of total offense, and have possibly the best QB in the game at home.
Now which kick should be considered a bigger miss?
A week 2 game with no playoff implications at that point.
A Divisional game, where the #6 seed has to go on the road against the defending SB champs - #1 seed in the AFC - that destroyed them in the regular season.
The Steelers used the momentum they got from winning this game, and carried it all the way to the SB. They became the 4th Wild Card team, and the FIRST #6 seed to win a SB.
Which miss was ultimately bigger?
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