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Notebook: Crosby's rhythm off on missed kicks

9:08 PM, Oct. 8, 2012
Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby attempts a 51-yard field goal late in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby attempts a 51-yard field goal late in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
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Shawn Slocum has seen Mason Crosby kick enough field goals to know when he's in rhythm and when he's not.

On Sunday, something was noticeably off as Crosby missed twice from more than 50 yards in the second half of the Green Bay Packers' 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

It wasn't confidence. The kick wasn't rushed. It wasn't even the hold. On film, Slocum saw Crosby planting his foot too close to the ball, which caused him to pull his final, 51-yard attempt wide left. A successful kick would have tied the game and forced overtime with only seconds remaining in regulation. ...

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