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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A History of Super Bowl Kicks

Kickers have contributed some big plays (mostly good, although a few not-quite-so-good) over the history of the Super Bowl:

II - Green Bay 33, Oakland 14
Packers kicker Don Chandler made four field goals (tied for most in one Super Bowl game).

IV - Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7
The Chiefs built a 16-0 lead by half time, including three field goals by Jan Stenerud.

V - Baltimore 16, Dallas 13
In a game dominated by defense and eleven turnovers, the Colts won in the final seconds on kicker Jim O'Brien's 32 yard field goal.

VII - Miami 14, Washington 7
Despite a highly successful NFL career, Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian is often remembered by many for his ill-fated pass attempt that resulted in the Redskins' only score of the game.

XVI - San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21
49ers kicker Ray Wersching made four field goals (tied for most in one Super Bowl game).

XXV - NY Giants 20, Buffalo 19
Giants kicker Matt Bahr made what would prove to be a game winning 21 yard field in the fourth quarter. But the kick that will always be remembered is the 47 yard field goal attempt with eight seconds remaining by Bills kicker Scott Norwood. It was "wide right".

XXVIII - Dallas 30, Buffalo 13
Steve Christie's 54 yard field goal was and remains the longest in Super Bowl History.

XXXII - Denver 31, Green Bay 24
Jason Elam's 51 yard field goal  was and remains the second longest in Super Bowl History.

XXXVI - New England 20, St. Louis 17
Kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 48 yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Patriots their first title.

XXXVIII - New England 32, Carolina 29
Further cementing his "clutch" legend, Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri hit a 41 yard game winning field goal with four seconds remaining.

XLIV - New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
Trailing 10-6 at halftime, the Saints decided to start the second half with an onside kick by Thomas Morstead. It worked.

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