In some stunning news from today’s NFL action, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri actually missed a field goal. Yes, seriously.
Late in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Vinatieri’s 42-yard field goal was pushed wide right, snapping a streak of 44 consecutive makes that set an NFL record. Vinatieri hadn’t missed since his second attempt of last season, and during that streak he set a new NFL record in passing Mike Vanderjagt’s previous streak of 42 straight.
The miss was set up by a bad drop by Dwayne Allen on third down as the Colts were driving trying to take a 28-0 lead, but normally a 42-yard field goal is automatic for Vinatieri. You knew the streak would end at some point, however, and it’s just proof that he’s actually human after all.
Vinatieri is still 19-of-20 on kicks this season and entered the day with the most makes from 50+ yards out in the league, so he’s still a really, really good kicker and one miss doesn’t change that. It is noteworthy, however, as the best kicking streak in league history has officially come to an end. Congratulations to Adam Vinatieri on a heck of a run, and the good news is that he should get things back to normal quickly.