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Crosby planted too close to ball on late miss against Colts

Oct. 8, 2012
 

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 off as Crosby’s 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 that would have tied the game and forced overtime with only seconds remaining in regulation.

The miss came one quarter after Crosby pushed a 52-yard kick wide right with 3:22 left in the third quarter, which would’ve extended the Packers’ lead to 24-13 and put a halt to Indianapolis’ 19-0 run in the second half.

“He’s been very consistent,” Slocum said on Monday. “I thought his rhythm was off on both kicks. On the first one, he pushed it and the second one he pulled. It’s not like him to miss two in a row. He needs to make those kicks.

Prior to Sunday, Crosby had been perfect on his five attempts this season, which includes a 54-yarder against Chicago on Sept. 3 that broke the franchise record for longest field-goal make in Lambeau Field history.

During Monday’s film session, Slocum, Crosby, long snapper Brett Goode and holder Tim Masthay watched the clip together, reaffirming Slocum’s instinct that the hold and placement of the ball were fine.

After quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit Donald Driver for a 14-yard completion on their final drive, the Packers were able kill the ball with 8 seconds left, but forced to use their timeout anyway with the ensuing play clock ticking down.

On Monday, Slocum dismissed the notion that a few extra yards would have helped Crosby on the final kick. Although he went on to add it’s a kick Crosby must make for the team, Slocum believes Sunday’s miss won’t have an impact on Crosby going forward.

“He’s strong minded,” Slocum said. “There’s no one more upset today than him, I promise you that.”

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