By Eric Goska
The Fan broadcasts from the Green Bay Distillery
prior to each Packers home game.
Had Mason Crosby made history, the Packers would have defeated the Vikings.
Had Daniel Carlson not come down with a rare case of errancy,
Green Bay would have lost to Minnesota.
Field goal kicking took center stage at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon. Missed kicks by both players proved costly as
Green Bay and Minnesota were forced to settle for a 29-29 tie.
Kickers are unique. For the short amount of time they spend on the field, they often have an inordinate say in the outcome of a game.
Crosby and Carlson had chances to deliver in the clutch. Both missed wide of the mark.
Carlson, his counterpart on the Vikings, is a rookie with but one field goal on his professional resume.
Minnesota thought highly enough of the former Auburn Tiger to draft him in the fifth round of the 2018 draft.
Carlson had the rougher go of it. The 23-year-old failed to split the uprights in three attempts from 48, 49 and 35 yards away.
The veteran appeared to do just that. From long snapper Hunter Bradley to holder J.K. Scott to the toe of
Crosby, the ball was sent sailing over the crossbar.
But a timeout by
Minnesota just before that sequence began rendered the play null and void. Green Bay had to try again.
Crosby sent his kick wide left. It was an unfortunate ending to what had been a sterling performance.
The extra 10 minutes did provide Carlson with two shots at victory. Both times he missed wide right, first from 49 yards and then from 35 yards as time expired.
Add in his failed second-quarter attempt and Carlson finished 0-for-3. The Vikings released the rookie the following day.
Green Bay didn’t lose to Minnesota is somewhat remarkable. Raise your hand if you recall the last time a kicker endured an oh-fer day (minimum three attempts) against the Packers.
In the last 40 years, just three players had been snake bitten to such an extent. The most recent was Steve Christie of the Giants who failed on all three of his attempts in
New York’s 14-7 win over Green Bay on Oct. 3, 2004.
The other two: Eddie Murray (0-for-4) on Sept. 30, 1990 and Neil O’Donoghue (0-for-3) on Sept. 16, 1979.
Crosby didn’t come through with a record sixth field goal, he became the first Packers player to kick five in three different games. He had that many in a 22-9 win over the Lions in 2013 and the same number in a 30-13 victory in Minnesota in 2015.
Chris Jacke (twice) and Ryan Longwell (once) are the only other Packers to have kicked five in a game.
Crosby’s run of 10 consecutive seasons with 100 or more points came to an end as the Packers struggled to a 7-9 record. Crosby and Jason Elam (12 straight) are the only two players in NFL history to have earned 100 or more points in each of their first 10 seasons.
Green Bay’s game against the Vikings is any indication, Crosby will again surpass 100 this season. That’s good news for the Packers who tend to do better when they keep their kicker swinging for the uprights.
The Packers are 41-1-1 in games in which they score four or more field goals.
Mason Crosby has scored more points against the Vikings (193) than he has against the Bears (172) or the Lions (161).
Packers who have kicked five field goals in one game.
Kicker Opponent Date Result
Mason Crosby Vikings Sept. 16, 2018 tie, 29-29
Mason Crosby Vikings Nov. 22, 2015 won, 30-13
Mason Crosby Lions Oct. 6, 2013 won, 22-9
Ryan Longwell Cardinals Sept. 24, 2000 won, 29-3
Chris Jacke 49ers Oct. 14, 1996 won, 23-20
Chris Jacke Raiders Nov. 11, 1990 won, 29-16
Players who attempted at least three field goals in a game against the Packers and failed on each attempt.
Kicker FG Team Date Result
Daniel Carlson 0-3 Vikings Sept. 16, 2018 tie, 29-29
Steve Christie 0-3 Giants Oct. 3, 2004 won, 14-7
Eddie Murray 0-4 Lions Sept. 30, 1990 lost, 21-24
Neil O’Donoghue 0-3 Buccaneers Sept. 16, 1979 won, 21-10
Chris Bahr 0-4 Bengals Sept. 26, 1976 won, 28-7
Pete Gogolak 0-3 Giants Sept. 19, 1971 won, 42-40
Tommy Davis 0-4 49ers Sept. 28, 1969 lost, 7-14
Tommy Davis 0-3 49ers Nov. 19, 1967 lost, 0-13
Fred Cox 0-3 Vikings Nov. 10, 1963 lost, 7-28
George Blanda 0-3 Bears Sept. 28, 1958 won, 34-20
George Blanda 0-3 Bears Sept. 28, 1952 won, 24-14
Bob Waterfield 0-3 Rams Oct. 21, 1951 won, 28-0
Dudley 0-4 Lions Oct. 30, 1949 lost, 14-16
Nick Scollard 0-3 Bulldogs Oct. 7, 1949 lost, 0-19
George Blanda 0-3 Bears Sept. 25, 1949 won, 17-0
Clark 0-3 Lions Nov. 25, 1934 lost, 0-3