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Monday, November 7, 2011

NFL Week Nine: Not As Planned

Yesterday saw quite a few mishaps on special teams plays around the NFL. In Arizona, the visiting Rams and kicker Josh Brown saw their potential game winning field goal at the end of regulation blocked. The Cardinals went on to win the game 19-13 in overtime on a punt return TD.
A frantic sequence at the end of regulation ended with the Rams taking their third and final timeout following an 8-yard run up the middle by Steven Jackson. Four ticks remained on the clock when Brown trotted out to attempt his fourth field goal of the game; he had hit from 48, 37, and 41 yards in the first half to give the Rams a 9-3 halftime lead. That's when Campbell got some penetration over the Rams' left side and smacked down what would've been Brown's eighth game-winning field goal of his NFL career. "I feel like the operation was good; I feel like the snap and hold was good," Brown said. "The kick was fine. It felt fine. ... Big 93 (Campbell) used his big arms and got through there somewhere."
In Buffalo, the Bills lost 27-11 to the visiting Jets and kicker Rian Lindell suffered an injury
Kicker Rian Lindell injured his right shoulder while making a touchdown-saving tackle after a kickoff to start the third quarter of the Buffalo Bills' 27-11 loss to the New York Jets. Lindell said he fell awkwardly while making a tackle on Joe McKnight, who returned the kick 59 yards to the Buffalo 45. While Lindell didn't handle kickoffs after that play, he did boot a 24-yard field goal later in the quarter. Lindell had further testing on the shoulder after the game and didn't know if the injury was significant enough to keep him out of the lineup for the Bills' game next Sunday in Dallas. "I certainly hope not," he said. "It could be a deal where I have to wear a tight T-shirt and see how it goes." Punter Brian Moorman handled kickoff duties for the remainder of the game.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs lost 31-3 to the visiting Dolphins and an attempt at trickery unexpectedly put the ball in the hands of Dustin Colquitt:
Punter Dustin Colquitt said there was miscommunication Sunday on what was supposed to be a fake field goal. Instead, a confused-looking Colquitt was left holding the ball, and he ran into the defense for a turnover on downs. “We weren’t all on the same page,” he said. Colquitt said the play was designed to be a pooch punt, in which kicker Ryan Succop was supposed to field the snap. Instead, the snap went to Colquitt. “Tried to make something from nothing,” he said.
In New England, the Patriots lost 24-20 to the visiting Giants and kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 27 yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds of the first half:
"Just a bad kick, bad execution on my part. Everything was good besides my kick, which is just disappointing. To screw up an opportunity like that, it's a hard pill to swallow, especially when you come up on the short end of the stick.... I could go out there and probably make 100 of those in a row, but you have to be able to do it when it's your time. I have to do a better job getting ready to make every kick. That's unacceptable. It's an awful feeling to come up on the short end of the stick as a team and personally to give us a chance to carry some momentum into the half, and on a kick I could make left-footed that I just completely blew, it's just not a good feeling."

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