Justin Tucker’s unthinkable miss means no kickers are safe


Justin Tucker missing an extra point is unthinkable and unimaginable.

What the football world learned Sunday is no kicker is immune in 2018 — not even the surest leg in NFL history.

Tucker’s point-after try that sailed wide right in the final seconds of the Baltimore Ravens’ 24-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints continued a nightmarish season for kickers.

There have been 94 missed kicks this season, which ties for the most through Week 7 over the last 25 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The only season that had this many misses was 2016.

“I felt like I hit it well,” Tucker said. “But, at the end of the day, the ball just didn’t go through, and that’s all it needs to do to keep the game going.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

How unlikely was Tucker’s miss? He had made all of his previous 222 point-after attempts, and he was the only kicker who hadn’t missed with at least 200 career extra points.9

On Sunday, a 14-mile per hour wind around the time of the kick and the even more unpredictable wind patterns created by the new video boards in the corners of M&T Bank Stadium played havoc with Tucker’s extra point, which would’ve tied the Saints at 24 with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.

In many ways, the end of Tucker’s perfect run makes perfect sense this year. Green Bay’s Mason Crosby, who holds the NFL postseason record for most consecutive field goals made with 23, missed five kicks (four field goals and one point-after) on Oct. 7. Carolina’s Graham Gano, who tied the NFL record with a 63-yard game-winning field goal on Oct. 7, has missed an extra point in each of his two games after that.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I’ll just say we’ve got all the confidence in the world in Justin,” guard Marshal Yanda. “We’re not even worried about it. It is what it is. It happened. I can tell you right now that I have 100 percent confidence in Justin. He’s our guy, and he’s made a ton of kicks for us, and I’m not worried [one] bit about [him].”

Tucker is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history, converting 89.9 percent of his tries (215-of-239). He has the most field goals made as well as the most 40-plus and 50-plus yard kicks since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012.