The distance for many teams between winning and losing is 18 feet, 6 inches—the measurement between the two field goal posts.
One of the more overlooked portions of the games, kickers have the unique ability to make or break the efforts of the rest of the roster, while contributing to only a small handful of plays. In the case of missed field goals, a failed swing of the leg can be cause for panic, outrage and anger.
This is all for good reason: In tight games, a missed kick can be beyond devastating. For teams fighting for limited playoff spaces, the three points can be the difference between postseason glory and an early offseason.
Here are the most devastating missed field goals in the history of each NFL team.