Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson celebrated wildly as his 49-yard kick sailed toward the founders in overtime of their game against the Green Bay Packers.

Unfortunately for him, a gust of wind pushed the ball wide and extended the game — which the Packers would continue to win 25-22.

McPherson jumped into the arms of proprietor Kevin Huber before realizing that the kick had sailed wide to the left.

“I mean, I was honestly celebrating before the ball, I suppose I was curved to the left,” McPherson said.

“Maybe a gust of wind caught it at the last second.

“I hit it well. You know I’m sorry, but I can ‘t do anything about it now, just move on to Detroit and the next kick.

It was far from the only miss of a kicker in a wild game in Ohio.

Evan McPherson leans forward with his hands on his knees and looks to his right
Evan McPherson missed two shots to win the game against the Packers.(Getty Images: Dylan Buell)

McPherson could have won the game in regulation, but his attempt at 57 yards hit the right upright with 26 seconds left.

“We have great faith in Evan,” said Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.

His tremors were nothing compared to Green Bay veteran Mason Crosby, who also missed in overtime — his third time in the fight — before getting a 49-yard attempt to seal the win.

According to Elias, it was the first time three potential winning field goals were missed in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Mason Crosby stands with his hands on his head
Mason Crosby missed three kicks on goal for the Packers.(Getty Images: Andy Lyons)

It has not been often that the Packers have lacked confidence in their veteran kicker, but this was no ordinary day.

A total of five shots were missed, Crosby and McPherson combined 4 vs. 9 on field goals.

Crosby had entered the match in warm form, making 24 straight field goal attempts and 20 consecutive extra points from last season and was 11 for 11 on points after touchdowns and 6 for 6 on field goals to start this season.

Crosby’s last miss before Sunday came in the season finale in 2019 against Detroit. But on a windy Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, those streaks came to an abrupt end.

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“I have full confidence that I will make every kick,” Crosby said.

Letting Crosby finish with 1:55 left in overtime was potentially a difficult decision to make for Matt LaFleur.

“It was just a quarter and an inch. I went over to Mason and I said, ‘Hey, what do you think?’ “I saw the look in his eyes. There was zero fear from him,” said LaFleur.

“If I felt anything different, we went for it.”

Recipient Davante Adams said he did not see.

Mason Crosby is hugged by his teammates
Mason Crosby kicked off his second match-winner of the season.(AP: Bryan Woolston)

“People think that when you’re a kicker, you’re just kicking. It’s not an easy task to do that,” Adams said.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he stood at the end of the sideline rather than in the middle, which he had for Crosby’s miss.

“I just tried not to be too superstitious,” LaFleur said. “I was just holding my breath.”

Crosby said he and McPherson met after the fight to discuss their strange afternoon.

“You live, you learn,” Crosby said.

“We’re going to watch the movie that we do every time, make or miss. I have to find a line about them and break them through.”

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