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NFL's biggest individual choke job


NFL's biggest individual choke job  

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  1. 1. Who had the biggest choke in NFL history? Realize that I'm only keeping it to players, and I'm only keeping it to particular plays (not careers, or entire games). I understand that people may have differing opinions of the term "choke". As guidance, I'm going to define "choke" as the player was overcome with emotion based on the magnitude of the situation which resulted in a mistake that they otherwise wouldn't make.

    • ​​​​​​​Az-Zahir Hakim’s muff, Saints vs Rams, 2000 NFC wild card game
      0
    • Tony Romo’s botched snap, Cowboys vs Seahawks, 2007 NFC Wild Card
      13
    • Gary Anderson’s missed FG, Vikings vs Falcons, 1998 NFC Championship Game
      26
    • Stevie Johnson’s drop, Bills vs Steelers, 2010 Regular season
      0
    • John Kasay’s kickoff out of bounds, Panthers vs Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVIII
      1
    • Leon Lett’s fumble, Cowboys vs Dolphins, 1993 Regular season
      6
    • Brett Favre’s INT, Saints vs Vikings, 2009 NFC Championship Game
      9
    • John Carney’s missed PAT, Saints vs Jaguars, 2013 Regular season
      1
    • Marcus Williams’ missed tackle, Saints vs Vikings, NFC division
      12
    • Scott Norwood missed FG, Bills versus Giants, Super Bowl XXV
      10
    • Jackie Smith dropped pass, Cowboys versus Steelers, Super Bowl XIII
      5
    • Lin Elliott missed field goal, Chiefs versus Colts, 1996 AFC division
      1
    • Earnest Byner’s fumble, Browns vs Broncos, 1987 AFC Championship game
      9
    • Jim Marshall’s fumble recovery, Vikings versus 49ers, 1964 Regular season
      0
    • Joe Pisarcik’s fumble, Giants versus Eagles, 1978 Regular season
      0


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I don't get the Gary Anderson answer at all. That was not even close to a deciding play. They still had the lead after that miss. Way too much is made of that miss.

I have not heard any valid arguement for why Cundiff's chip shot miss was not far worse.

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^ Losing the AFCCG in the last 20 seconds when you got to the 10 yard line and OT was considered the worst case scenario 1 minute ago.

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On 5/8/2020 at 5:11 PM, vikingsrule said:

Gary Anderson, perfect all year. Needed the FG to go up two scores, and missed it. 

Yea... there's hundreds of forgotten plays where a team could have gone up two scores. I don't get why this one is famous.

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On 5/8/2020 at 5:24 PM, Chiefs_5627 said:

HM: Burfict going for the killshot on AB instead of letting Cincy win their 1st playoff game in a couple decades.

You mean Jeremy Hill fumbling the ball when all we needed to do was run out the clock to win the game. 

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5 hours ago, wackywabbit said:

Yea... there's hundreds of forgotten plays where a team could have gone up two scores. I don't get why this one is famous.

Because Anderson had been perfect all year and the Vikings were a 15-1 powerhouse

Of all the kicks to miss, he missed the biggest one. That's why its a choke job

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41 minutes ago, TheGame316 said:

Because Anderson had been perfect all year and the Vikings were a 15-1 powerhouse

Of all the kicks to miss, he missed the biggest one. That's why its a choke job

That's all fine. It wasn't as bad as individual chokes that actually lost a team a game. If you miss a field goal and your team is still up by 7, it doesn't belong on this list. The Vikings should have still won that game. Their defense could have stopped the Falcons from scoring a TD when they needed one to tie. The offense could have score a point on either of their two overtime drives and ended on the game. I'm not sure how that loss got pinned on the kicker. All 3 phases choked at the end. The kick miss is overstated.

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2 minutes ago, wackywabbit said:

That's all fine. It wasn't as bad as individual chokes that actually lost a team a game. If you miss a field goal and your team is still up by 7, it doesn't belong on this list. The Vikings should have still won that game. Their defense could have stopped the Falcons from scoring a TD when they needed one to tie. The offense could have score a point on either of their two overtime drives and ended on the game. I'm not sure how that loss got pinned on the kicker. All 3 phases choked at the end.

It's all becomes 1 big choke I think

The team starts to relax, because it's Gary Anderson and this will seal the game. He chokes, then the defense starts to sweat because they have to make a stop, then they choke. The offense starts to feel the pressure, they choke. Falcons capitalize on the momentum and next thing you know it's over

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Going with Romo's botched snap. But not just the snap, the run afterwards too. I chuckle just thinking about it.

That Cowboys team was SB worthy, and that sank them. I chalk it into one of those "pivotal moments" categories.

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1 hour ago, ronjon1990 said:

Going with Romo's botched snap. But not just the snap, the run afterwards too. I chuckle just thinking about it.

That Cowboys team was SB worthy, and that sank them. I chalk it into one of those "pivotal moments" categories.

If Gramatica gets a better piece of the Seattle player, Romo likely gets into the end zone and is forever branded a hero improviser 

Dallas's defense was trash and I had my doubts the FG was going to hold up anyways.

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