KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If this season — his 23rd — is his final, it is not the sort of ending Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri wished for the staff and for him individually.
Vinatieri missed the shortest field goal of his profession and an additional level in what was an general abysmal efficiency by the Colts, whose season ended with a 31-13 loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the AFC divisional spherical Saturday.
“It was robust situations on the market kicking,” Colts coach Frank Reich stated of snowy Arrowhead Stadium. “It was one of these days. It was all three phases. Looks like that was indicative that we had been going to make a mistake like that in all three phases. We definitely had it there as properly.”
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The Colts, who did not decide up their first first down till their last collection of the opening half, obtained down to Kansas Metropolis’s 5-yard line late within the second quarter. Vinatieri’s 23-yard try — with snow on the field — then hit the left upright, preserving Indianapolis’ deficit at 24-7.
“Simply did not get superb footing,” he stated. “You want each level you can in a playoff recreation, and that one we would have liked for certain. It is a momentum swing and needing these factors going into half and (I) did not come by means of for us.”
The 46-year-old Vinatieri, who turned the NFL’s all-time main scorer this season, had been 194-of-200 in his profession on field targets between 20 and 29 yards. He was 97-for-97 on field goal tries from 23 yards and shorter getting into Saturday.
It additionally marked the shortest missed field goal within the playoffs because the Chiefs and Colts performed in a 2006 wild-card recreation. In that contest, Lawrence Tynes missed a 23-yarder for Kansas Metropolis. Coming into Saturday, kickers had been 71-of-71 (together with playoffs) on field goal tries of 23 yards or shorter this season.
Vinatieri’s miss drew lots of response on social media. Amongst those that chimed in had been Charles Woodson, whose Oakland Raiders watched Vinatieri make a 45-yard field goal to pressure additional time after which a 23-yarder in OT to give the Patriots a dramatic win in blizzard-like situations in Foxborough, Massachusetts, within the 2001 AFC divisional spherical.
Now he misses within the snow
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) January 12, 2019
Saturday did not get significantly better for Vinatieri, both.
He missed an extra-point attempt after a T.Y. Hilton landing catch that may have lower Indianapolis’ deficit to 24-14 with about 5 minutes left. Vinatieri, who had been 70-for-70 on postseason additional factors in his profession, stated he’ll have to return and take a look at what occurred on that play.
Subsequent up for Vinatieri is deciding if he desires to play a 24th NFL season. He stated he plans to take every week or two off to calm down earlier than making a choice.
“Have a pair little issues body-wise that I need to get checked out and ensure we’re all good and shifting ahead,” stated Vinatieri, who will likely be a free agent. “I have not decided but to be trustworthy with you … If they need to speak, I am keen to pay attention, that is for rattling certain.”
Vinatieri stated he likes the route Indianapolis is headed beneath basic supervisor Chris Ballard and Reich. However the Colts could have to decide if they need to re-sign Vinatieri.
“It was a enjoyable yr, the fellows had been nice on this locker room,” Vinatieri stated. “I really like all these guys. It was an actual enjoyable yr. You hate to finish a season like we did. However I suppose there’s actually just one staff that is pleased on the finish of the yr.”