Billy Cundiff had a rough night on Sunday. He missed a short (32-yard!) field goal try that would have tied the Patriots and Cundiff's Ravens at 23 and sent the AFC Championship into overtime. Ravens fans lashed out, blaming their kicker and burning his jersey. Despite reaching the Pro Bowl just last year, he's become Baltimore football's Bill Buckner- a reasonably respected athlete whose one mistake will define his career, at least in the short term- and will endure plenty of questions and possible competition for his starting spot come this off-season.
Of course, Billy Cundiff is not Bill Buckner. He's young and has plenty of time to redeem himself. He's certainly not the only kicker to ever miss a big, important goal in the playoffs, either. Perhaps it's unfair to even tag Cundiff (or any kicker, really) with the "goat" label: they are one small cog in a larger machine, and are there to score supplemental points if their offense can't pull it off. Who else has empathy for Cundiff's situation? In the following list, we'll examine the biggest "goat" kickers ever to swing their legs in a playoff game.