NFL Kickers Set Single-Week Record for Most Missed Extra Points

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Robbie Gould of the New York Giants looks on from the touchline during the NFL International series game between Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium on October 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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NFL kickers hit an all-time low Sunday, setting a record for the most missed extra points in a single week since the 1970 merger.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, there were 11 missed extra points between the early games and the opening portion of the late-afternoon contests. A fourth-quarter miss in the Sunday night game by Washington Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins raised the total to 12. The previous high was 10, set in 1985.

Though it's difficult to compare extra points throughout history—attempts start with a snap from the 15-yard line instead of the 2-yard line following a 2015 rule change—such struggles would be highlighted under nearly any circumstances.

On Monday, Mark Dominik of ESPN noted that kickers are 44-of-45 on field goals from 32 or 33 yards this season but have missed 48 extra points from the same distance.

Mike Nugent might have had the worst day among kickers, missing his only two extra-point attempts. As a result, the Cincinnati Bengals needed a touchdown to win on their final drive instead of a field goal and lost 16-12 to the Buffalo Bills.

After the game, Nugent noted the performance might have cost him his job, per Joe Danneman of Fox19 in Cincinnati:

Blair Walsh was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday after he missed four extra points this season, including one each in Weeks 9 and 10.

On Sunday, Robbie Gould also missed two extra points for the New York Giants, and previously steady performers like Stephen Gostkowski and Steven Hauschka failed to convert on points after as well.

Additionally, Adam Vinatieri missed his first field goal in 45 attempts, ending an NFL-record streak and summing up an awful day for kickers.

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