To all the Patriots fans that will never forget Adam Vinatieri’s clutch kicking in the 2001-02 playoff game against the Oakland Raiders, you’re not alone.
Defensive back Charles Woodson, who was on that Raiders team that fell, 16-13, to the Patriots in blizzard-like conditions, hasn’t forgotten either.
When Vinatieri – now 46 and in his 23rd NFL season – missed a 23-yard field goal to end the first half of Saturday’s snowy and frigid game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, Woodson was left wondering why the football gods hadn’t bestowed a similar fate upon him and his teammates.
Thanks Vinatieri 💙 pic.twitter.com/7zuw4COEAm
— Patriots on NBCSB (@NBCSPatriots) January 12, 2019
In the Raiders game 17 years ago, Vinatieri drilled game-tying and game-winning field goals with the pressure on, but Saturday he didn’t have the same success.
“Now he misses in the snow,” Woodson said on Twitter.
Now he misses in the snow
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) January 12, 2019
The weather Saturday wasn’t nearly as inhospitable as that game was, but Vinatieri’s kick drifted left and hit the upright. It was the shortest missed kick of his career, and he was 97 for 97 on field goal tries from 23 yards and in entering the game, including the playoffs. He also missed an extra point late in the fourth quarter.
The 23-yard try was the shortest missed field goal of Adam Vinatieri's career.
He was 97-of-97 on field goal tries from 23 yards and in entering today's game (including playoffs). https://t.co/pPlXFVNE5u
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 12, 2019