Blair Walsh: You have to do better than that

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Blair Walsh had a chance to play hero in the final seconds against the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon when he took the field to try a 27-yard field goal that would have given the Vikings their first postseason win since 2009.

Walsh hooked the kick left, however, and the Vikings were left to watch the Seahawks celebrate a 10-9 victory that puts them in the divisional round against the Panthers. Walsh said after the game that he didn’t take the short field goal for granted and that it wasn’t a problem with the hold, blaming the miss on himself because he “just didn’t put a swing on it that’s acceptable by anybody’s standards.”

“I’ll be working hard to erase that from my career but it’ll take a while. It’s just ridiculous. You’ve got to do better than that,” Walsh said, via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. “I’m excited where this team’s gonna go. But when they needed me in this moment, I didn’t come through for them. That hurts.”

Holder Jeff Locke referenced the laces of the ball facing in when Walsh took the kick by saying he “definitely could have spun the ball better” despite wearing gloves because of the cold weather. Locke called the miss something the entire unit shares and that it felt like “a big gut shot” that his hold wasn’t up to his standards.

It’s safe to say Locke won’t be the only person in Minnesota feeling a big gut shot after the Vikings fell short on Sunday.

116 responses to “Blair Walsh: You have to do better than that

  1. As a Hawk fan, I feel your pain Vikes. We are all too familiar with snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

  2. As long as Norv Turner is the offensive coordinator nothing else matters. He makes me wish Bill Musgrave or Darrell Bevell we’re still in Minnesota. I’ve never seen a more preidtable play caller in my life.

    I would bet $1,000,000 that I’d Norv Turner is the play caller next year (which I’ll refuse to watch), that the first offensive play of the first game will be a run (more than likely for negative yards). #FireNorv

  3. I applaud guys who take ownership of their failure. Love the direction Zim has em going. We will get there soon. Superbowl homeboy!

  4. Blair Walsh: “You Have to Do Better Than That.”

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    No “ship”, Sherlock. Blowing a 27 yard field goal that 40% of the tailgate-lubed fans in the stands could make is not acceptable. That’s like blowing a six inch putt. Walsh’s kick wasn’t even close – he barely even kept it within the protective net … from TWENTY-SEVEN YARDS.

  5. There were two epic chokes in that game. That field goal attempt was ridiculous, but let’s not forget Adrian Peterson’s fumble that gave Seattle the go-ahead field goal. I’ll welcome Walsh back to the team next year, but I would love for the Vikings to trade Peterson this offseason. I really believe the team would be better off without him.

  6. Analysts are saying they feel bad for Walsh. Why? Having to live with that the rest of his life is a fraction of the punishment he actually deserves.

  7. The big loser here is Carolina. I am sure they did not want to face Seattle next week. Having seen how this year has gone for Carolina I assume something crazy is going to happen next week in the panthers favor. It has happened all season. Not sure who on that team sold their soul to the devil….

  8. I just hope Blair doesn’t become insane from the laces being out, getting committed to a mental institution. Switching his identity with a lost hiker and changing his sex. Then working his way up the chain in the Minneapolis police department to become lieutenant. Then plan to kidnap Dan Marino when the Vikings make the Superbowl………..

  9. I just hope Blair doesn’t become insane from the laces being out, getting committed to a mental institution. Switching his identity with a lost hiker and changing his gender. Then working his way up the chain in the Minneapolis police department to become lieutenant. Then plan to kidnap Dan Marino when the Vikings make the Superbowl………..

  10. Blair Walsh and “clutch” ill never be confused. Game winning kicker? He’s no Gary Anderson.

  11. Yeah, Genius observation Walsh.
    No freaking KIDDING, you have to make that kick.

    What was the statistic I heard on the post-game..

    Percentage of 27 yard field goals made: 97%.

    I bleed purple, but at this point, I would not mind them cutting Walsh and getting a kicker who is not so much of a choke.

    The only thing he really can be counted on is kicking the ball though the end zone on kick offs.

    Maybe they should just carry two kickers. Somebody else to kick the field goals and Walsh as a kick off specialist.

  12. If you don’t put this loss squarely on the predictable play calling of Norv, you don’t know football. If he has a job in an hour the Vikings are doomed.

  13. What’s this talk about Locke being unable to spin the ball because he was wearing gloves? Teddy wears gloves every game and he can throw a spiral with one hand. You’d think you could turn the ball a quarter turn with two hands.

  14. Seattle got REAL lucky today. To bad about Walsh but players get tight all the time in big spots. Gonna be tough to live that one down though. Feel bad for Vike fans who deserved better today.

  15. That’s not a choke. Choking is when the qb couldn’t win the game like Rodgers. But in this game Teddy did enough to give Blair a shot. He just missed it. He’s not worth the money they paid him at all.

  16. karmathaitch says:

    Tjack7, That’s what Chargers fans been saying for years.

    Yep, he has always been quite overrated. When the average joe like me can predict run/pass at a 95% accuracy presnap, i’m sure defensive coordinators and players who watch countless hours of film each week can figure it out. The game has passed ole Norv by. It’s a shame, because I had high expectations for him.

  17. For all that you want to hang it on Walsh, he’s the only one who put any points on the board for the Vikes. Maybe your over-hyped QB or over-glorified RB could have contributed.

    Tough game. Well played. On to the next.

  18. You idiots blaming this on Norv Turner are TOTALLY clueless about football.

    With the limitations that this O-line has, and Bridgewater has, he called a PERFECT game.
    But it’s one what has very little room for error.
    Unfortunately, two occurred. A Peterson fumble, and a Blair Walsh miss.

    Or did you MISS that watching the game?

  19. Don’t feel bad Vikings you overachieved and won that division and played alot better than I thought. In fact I thought you would battle the Bears for the bottom of that division. If you can get some receivers and better QB play maybe you can contend for the NFC.

  20. Brutal loss but they exceeded my expectations for the season and for this game. The defense when healthy is solid. If Sullivan and Loadholt come back next year the O-Line should be good and Bridgewater needs to develop, but the Vikes should be competitive next year in the division. Team needs a starting safety and an outside linebacker to replace Greenway who likely will be done next year. I Think if Zimmer had to decide today, he would say enough to Walsh’s inconsistent performance this year.

  21. RegisHawk says:
    Jan 10, 2016 6:13 PM

    For all that you want to hang it on Walsh, he’s the only one who put any points on the board for the Vikes. Maybe your over-hyped QB or over-glorified RB could have contributed.

    Tough game. Well played. On to the next.

    LOL, overhyped QB? You mean the QB the media disrespects at any given chance? The only overhyped QB in this game was one Russell Wilson.

    The Vikings problem is that Norv force feeds AP and doesn’t play to Teddy’s strengths. His cluelessness to figure out that opening the passing game will open the run game is astonishing.

  22. Was hoping the Viking pulled this off, even though I cant stand Peterson, but next weeks game between Seattle and Carolina will be good. Really like zimmer as a head coach, team played hard and looked prepared. Walsh kicked a good game ,just missed the one that mattered the most

  23. While I can’t stand most of ESPN’s “Sports Science” spots because they are simply ridiculous…I would like to see one about the effect the laces in/out/sideways has on a field goal. I’ve never been able to understand if that is just something kickers “prefer: vs. somethibg kickers “need.” And yes, I know sometimes what they prefer is what they need, but I would like to see some technical science on the issue.

  24. Minnesota needs to be looking for a new kicker. I know he put up meaningless stats when they weren’t winning, but you can’t miss that kick. All of his misses this year coupled with his salary makes it an easy move imo.

  25. I know Viking fans don’t want to hear this right now but this team is heading in the right direction. Theyre a good football team with a good coach and though its probably hard to fathom for them they will probably learn more from this loss than they would have gained with a win.

  26. Blair Walsh will end up like the villain in the Ace Ventura movie blaming the holder later in life to the point it drives him crazy. Classy guy not blaming the holder but laces in is a huge mistake.

  27. You critics are idiots. All Walsh did was be responsible for 9 of Vikings points today.

    Be grateful the Vikings are in position to win after the Ref’s call that PI on Kam with the TE running directly into Kam and then calling a 15 yard penalty. Since when is a DB supposed to yield his field position to an offensive player?

    If anything that missed kick balanced out that bogus referee flag.

    Seattle knows all about tough losses…least yours wasn’t for a SB! Hats off to that tough Vikings D…much to feel proud for, and feel good about your teams future.

  28. In no way is this Viking loss the fault of Blair Walsh. This is way bigger than some kicker. The Vikings destiny will always be as the NFL’s most prolific losers. It’s just who they are. It’s beyond their control.

  29. In Teddy We Trust | Jan 10, 2016, 2:45 PM PST
    There were two epic chokes in that game. That field goal attempt was ridiculous, but let’s not forget Adrian Peterson’s fumble that gave Seattle the go-ahead field goal. I’ll welcome Walsh back to the team next year, but I would love for the Vikings to trade Peterson this offseason. I really believe the team would be better off without him.
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    I completely agree about Peterson, but I don’t think they will find a team that is willing to trade for his salary, unless they can get Jerry all liquored up. The other “choke” play was Munnerlyn taking a completely ridiculous angle at Wilson on the botched snap. He had 4 other guys to his right and let Wilson go to his left.

  30. ausernamethatisavailable is saying that Carolina does not want to face Seattle next week. Well my friend, you are completely wrong. I am 100% confident that Carolina is extremely happy to have the Seahawks in Charlotte next Sunday. Should be a great game, but even the biggest fool knows that Seattle is done. Carolina by 10.

  31. Walsh had a great rookie year and has been average ever since. As a Viking fan you can almost see these moments coming. The team did show great fight all day and the defense did a great job containing Wilson besides one backyard fumble play that led to their only td. The best news was Teddy led the team down field agaiant the best d in the league in crunch time only to be let down by Walsh. Zimmer has these guys heading in the right direction and you have to be excited about the future.

    Speaking of the future Peterson was a total disappointment again in a big game and coughed up the ball leading to the winning points. I cannot root for him as a person anymore based on his off field actions and personality, and am totally in favor of moving him in the offseason If we can find the right deal. Cowboys 1st rounder?

  32. Walsh scored more points today than Bridgewater has in the last two games……..therein lies the problem for the Vikings. Easy to pick your favorite play for why the Vikings lost but the fact of the matter is they don’t have a QB.

  33. 2ruefan says:

    You idiots blaming this on Norv Turner are TOTALLY clueless about football.

    With the limitations that this O-line has, and Bridgewater has, he called a PERFECT game.
    But it’s one what has very little room for error.
    Unfortunately, two occurred. A Peterson fumble, and a Blair Walsh miss.

    Or did you MISS that watching the game?

    Wrong. The Vikings oline blocked sufficiently on must-pass downs. The problem today, as usual, is that Norv ONLY passes on passing downs. Making it extremely hard on he QB because he chooses to force feed AP on 1st and 2nd down for minimal gains. Anyone who can’t see that is totally clueless.

  34. minnescrotums says:
    Jan 10, 2016 6:43 PM
    Look at it this way:

    The Vikings choked.

    Their fans talked so much smack, and they choked.

    I couldn’t be happier.

    Meanwhile, your favorite team is losing to the Redskins, lol.

  35. If Carolina wasn’t afraid of facing the Seahawks, there wouldn’t have been a story in the Charlotte Observer titled “Time for Panthers fans to root for Minnesota”

  36. Was just thinking how nice it was to have the Vikings back … when the kicker missed the chip shot.

    For a minute there, I wondered if they’d picked up Josh Scobee. Thank God for Chris Boswell.

  37. skawh ,

    Yeah, imagine people blaming him for missing a kick shorter than an extra point, while you’re deflecting to him doing his actual job of hitting the kicks he did. Crazy that you ask a kicker to hit easy kicks. What’s next? Receivers will be asked to catch balls and offensive linemen are going to be asked to block?

  38. ornjcrush says:
    Jan 10, 2016 6:37 PM

    I know Viking fans don’t want to hear this right now but this team is heading in the right direction. Theyre a good football team with a good coach and though its probably hard to fathom for them they will probably learn more from this loss than they would have gained with a win.
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    No, I do like hearing that. Keep saying things like that.

  39. Vikes didn’t finish Seattle on earlier drives. Ask GB last year how that turned out. Seattle’s defense needs a lot more credit then it gets (and it does get a lot already) for thier ability to make key stops, and, takeaways.

    That said, terrible kick.

  40. “I take the blame. You have to do better.”

    ok. what? Just use your words, Blair. You butt-rangered the kick.

  41. Blair, you will never be able to erase that missed game winning field goal from your NFL career history. You blew it. A chip shot. Lost the game for your team. I would change my name and move out of Minnesota if I were you.

  42. Trade for Steelers’ kicker Sean Suisham. He’s a money kicker who missed this year due to injury but will lose his job to Chris Boswell who proved yesterday that he doesn’t choke with a miss-and-go-home kick.

  43. All of you losers who are ripping the Vikings are the same people who said Seattle was going to pound the Vikings.

    Walsh should be cut. Peterson traded. Zimmer needs to show this team that screwing up in the playoffs is not an option.

    Good year vikes. Way better than most people ever expected.

  44. Two Vikings that I can guarantee will not be on the roster next year, Josh Robinson and Blair Walsh. I think Zimmer is done with both. He has never liked Robinson and you just can’t miss kicks like that or extra points like he has this season. Vikings will use one of their draft picks on another kicks. Guaranteed.

    Robinson is fast, but you are a 3rd year CB who plays 5 yards deep in the end zone from the 1. Do you think someone might throw the ball in front of you? Pathetic. And I wouldn’t be shocked if the Vikings decide to move on from Norv Turner.

  45. Look I’m sure Blair Walsh is a great guy in the locker room but if you can’t kick a 27 yard FG then you need to find another job. This was no Gary Anderson mental mistake like in 1998. This dude has been missing FG’s and PAT’s all year. The reason he is still on this team is because Spielman upped his contract after he struggled last year to build his confidence going into this year.

  46. Where are those of you saying AP was going to torch Seattle? I have your names written on a little note here, so go ahead and come here and say you were wrong. AP had 45 yards, for a 2 YPC, and Christine Michael, a guy that has been traded and cut twice, and couldn’t crack the Redskins starting lineup rushed for 70 with a 3.3 YPC. Out passed, Out Rushed, and Out Scored.

  47. Tough break kid. Vikes fan here. We weren’t complaining when you hit something ridiculous like 6-7 fgs in week 16.

    It happens. He’ll have enough on his plate just living with the miss.

    We need a better offense.

  48. tjacks7 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 6:23 PM

    LOL, overhyped QB? You mean the QB the media disrespects at any given chance? The only overhyped QB in this game was one Russell Wilson.

    The Vikings problem is that Norv force feeds AP and doesn’t play to Teddy’s strengths. His cluelessness to figure out that opening the passing game will open the run game is astonishing.

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    Russell is overhyped?

    You mean the QB that LEAD the NFL in passer rating? You mean the QB that just became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000 yards 30 TD’s AND rush for 500?

    Is that who is overhyped? LMAO…. Cam and Russell are the two best young QB’s in this game. Settle down young en’

  49. Blair don’t let this miss define your career. You have a lot of seasons left to play. Look at Russell Wilson last year in S B. He forgot about that colossal mistake and went on to have a good year. You can do the same. Good luck.

  50. That’s not a choke. Choking is when the qb couldn’t win the game like Rodgers. But in this game Teddy did enough to give Blair a shot. He just missed it. He’s not worth the money they paid him at all.

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    HaHaHa….. Keep telling yourself that for the next 6 months, then tell us AGAIN that this year is the year you will get hardware in the trophy cabinet…. yea right, never will happen because you…………. CHOKE

  51. The Vikings choked.

    Their fans talked so much smack, and they choked.

    I couldn’t be happier.

    Meanwhile, your favorite team is losing to the Redskins, lol.

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    SCOREBOARD….. HaHaHa…..

  52. The Vikings had a great season and exceeded expectations. Enjoy it, and maybe temper your Packer-bashing a bit. One-and-done choke job was your mantra, and is now very easy to put right back in your faces. This was the definition of a choke job. Humility is a lesson you can only teach yourselves. I suggest you get to it.

  53. Tough loss. Been where you’re at only when I was there, it was an NFC Championship game. Vikes have nothing to be ashamed of. Good season for your guys Vikes fans. See you all next year.

    Go Packers!

  54. Peterson fumbled away the SB before so why not add in a wild card game too. TB has no ability to throw deep at all. That’s a fact that can’t be denied anymore. Josh Robinson came in when Wayne’s hurt his wrist and immediately was responsible for a huge pass on a broken play then loosing track on Baldwin for the lone TD in the game. Yes all that added to a total team loss. The fact is though this loss all comes down to one thing. Walsh has been missing chip shots and extra points all season. He said it would be fixed. It wasn’t. And it came back to hurt the Vikings at the worst possible moment. Ask Gary Anderson and Scott Norwood about making huge clutch field goals all season and missing the one that counts. That’s now your legacy Walsh. You will forever be known as the kicker who shanked the 27 yd chip shot. The thing is you’ve been missing extra points all season from this range. I knew he was going to miss. The Bills cut Norwood a year after his miss. That was from 47. This was from 27. No excuse Walsh. None at all. Keeping him will only make this happen again some other game. Never leave the game up to the kicker. Astasia and Mckinnion should have been in there instead of AP. If you watch a replay of the first down AD did another one of his non needed cut backs but just of the right guard was a 3 year wide hole all the way to the end zone. Should make every Vikings fan sick. Walsh you will forever be the goat for this loss. And you should be because you knew this was a problem and you didn’t fix it and it came back and bit the whole team in the butt.

  55. Didn’t Walsh score ALL THE POINTS IN THE GAME for Minnesota?!?! That entire offense should be humiliated.

  56. Blair blamed it on a strong wind blowing in from Green Bay. So the Viking fans have to go the entire off season with a big choke on their minds. you cant make this stuff up.

  57. I read every comment. Not because I valued people’s opinion. I guess I just wanted to see how many people would go off the deep end and want AP traded and Walsh cut.

    The season went almost 100% as I expected. Except they won the division.

    Yes, I do feel bad for Walsh. He’s a human being. I wanted this game to come down to somebody making a play, not a mistake.

    I’ll feel bad for a while. Not as long as Walsh I’m sure. But I am very much looking forward to next season. I expect great things.

  58. A look at the shortest missed field goals that would have tied the game or given a team the lead with fewer than 2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter (postseason, since 2001).
    KICKER TEAM YARDS GAME
    Blair Walsh MIN 27<< 2015 Wild Card
    Billy Cundiff BAL 32<< 2011 AFC Champ.
    Neil Rackers ARI 34<< 2009 Wild Card
    Lawrence Tynes NYG 36<< 2007 NFC Champ.
    Doug Brien NYJ 43<>Wide left
    Source: ESPN Stats & Information

  59. Walsh was the only one on offense that cared enough to score any points at all,it was not Walsh’s fault that they lost.

  60. It never ceases to AMAZE me how truly cruel people can be. While this loss was heartbreaking, we, as fans, will get on with our lives tomorrow. But those guys who have put themselves out on the field every week for us this season have entertained us beyond expectations and what do so many of you do?? “Fire him, or get rid of him”, “he’s worthless”, etc.. These are human beings with families and lives. A little appreciation for a GREAT TEAM and organization, huh?? SKOL!!!

  61. ketch20too says:
    Jan 10, 2016 5:38 PM

    As a Hawk fan, I feel your pain Vikes. We are all too familiar with snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
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    Thanks, but you’ve got to be kidding me. Losing a Super Bowl in the last minute the year after you won the Super Bowl is nothing compared to what Viking fans have been through over the years.

  62. Walsh Sucks!!! Get rid of the idiot. Bring Jamarcus Russell back and let him be the kicker cause he wasn’t a QB

  63. What a magnificent, EPIC CHOKE! The Vikings never let me down! Hard to believe the Greatest Team of All Time is again a one and done wild card flop. Tiny Teddy once again disappears in the 4th quarter. How can this be for the GOAT???

    Cheer up Queen Nation. Soon you will be doing what you do best. Telling America over and over why the Queens are a team of destiny and will win next years SB. Keep it delusional baby. We are laughing hard and laughing at you! Thanks for the grins!

  64. Walsh was given the kicking gig when he came in and did not have to compete for it.
    When he struggled last year and preseason this year they did not bring in competition.

    I think they need to bring in a good kicker (not just a body , but not necessarily a draft pick) and have them compete and the winner is the kicker. Everyone else has to compete for a job, why not the kicker. Maybe that would toughen up his focus on ALL of his kicks.

    I also would not be surprised if he and the OL coach is gone.

  65. Where in the hell did the Vikings find this “love muscle” Blare Walsh? They need to find Jamarcus Russell probably in some old bar and replace Walsh with Russell

  66. The Vikings problem is that Norv force feeds AP and doesn’t play to Teddy’s strengths.
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    How is he going to design an offense around looking poised while throwing balls into the dirt or spraying them over WR’s head when they have to travel more than 5 yards?

  67. Let’s talk irony here.

    Mike Zimmer, a Bill Parcells protege who was Parcells defensive coordinator in Dallas in Parcells last game as a Head Coach. Can you see where I’m heading with this?

    A questionable hold (Romo’s fumbling of the snap/Vikes punter with the laces in) on a chip shot field goal that would have won the NFC Wildcard game in the last seconds against who? That’s right, the Seattle Seahawks. How ironic.

  68. As a Viking fan, I’m afraid of the team continuing to keep Walsh around. I keep thinking of Mike Vanderjagt and Lin Elliot, both of whom were considered reliable kickers until the playoffs, and both of whom choked in the clutch. Vanderjagt lost his kicking job while he was still the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but after of his choke job in the 2005 playoffs, he never recovered.

    As good as Walsh has been (especially during his first two years), I just don’t think he’s going to get over that miss. Bare minimum, the Vikings need to bring in stiffer competition for him next July. 90% of the kickers in the league would have made all four of those kicks yesterday. The only reason for Walsh missing that last kick is that he couldn’t handle the pressure. You can’t have a kicker like that on your team and expect to win a championship.

  69. Funny how Walsh gets no credit for the Vikings actually being on the board at all. 3 out of 4 was his record. I’d put that up against 0 for however many all day long.

    If your game plan is to live by the field goal, then you better be prepared to die by it.

    If I were Walsh, I’d be sleeping easy knowing I was the only guy on the field who actually scored that day, and I weren’t there, it would have been a complete shutout. Perhaps the head coach should be thanking his lucky stars that Walsh is taking the heat and he’s not out of a job.

  70. Lol I love the Walsh was the only one to score argument. Why does that matter? He did his job on those plays just like the rest of the team did theirs to get him in position to win the game. It’s a play that is converted 98% of the time by others who have the same job as him, even Blair was 33/34 from 30 Yds or less before the kick. That loss is 100% on Blair and Adrian.

  71. So, you expect every worker in the world to their job perfectly 100% of the time without making a single mistake?

    That’s a lofty goal. What you’re saying is that everyone else on the team executed their jobs perfectly despite the fact that they allowed the Seahawks to score more than them.

    You’re saying that when Russell missed the snap and had to run backwards for the ball and then made the play to Locket that the defense did exactly what it was supposed to do there? They were given a gift to put Seattle back seriously and instead gave up a huge gain to set up the game’s only touchdown.

    Ya, keep telling yourself it was Blair and Adrian’s fault. No one else had a single thing to do with it, because everyone else played absolutely flawlessly.

  72. Walsh is looking and sounding an awful lot like Ponder. “I gotta make that kick.” “I gotta do better.”

    The world is full of unpaid IOUs when you desperately need your money.

    We desperately needed 3 points Sunday.

  73. Adrian Peterson wasn’t sent out onto the field with the words “you need to score or we lose” reverberating in his ears. Neither was Teddy.

    Had we been at the 1 yardline, needing 5 points to win, yes, AP would have been the man, because he is expected to get that yard.

    Had we been at the 12, needing 5 points, Teddy would have been the man, because he is expected to find the open receiver.

    But we weren’t. The safest, surest play at that moment of the game was to kick the fieldgoal. Because Walsh was expected to make that kick…..under pressure…….with the laces pointing in whatever direction…….because that is what he gets paid millions to do.

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