Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal attempt that would have given his team a two-point lead over the Seahawks in the closing seconds of Sunday’s NFC playoff game.
Blair Walsh misses the 27 yard field goal WOW. pic.twitter.com/aIvvSNT8XO
— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 10, 2016
Replays showed that holder Jeff Locke put the ball down with laces facing Walsh, though Walsh made a 47-yard field goal earlier in the game with the laces in.
Former NFL punter and holder Zoltan Mesko weighed in on how the laces can affect the kick, as did former Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe.
Just so you guys are aware, putting the laces straight back to the kicker does not affect direction as much as distance. #MINvsSEA
— Zoltan Mesko (@ZoltanMesko) January 10, 2016
Can also affect contact point on the ball itself if you hit them first. https://t.co/vybUcYtpkw
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) January 10, 2016
The pivotal moment elicited strong reactions on both sides.
Brian Robison is stunned pic.twitter.com/p4cFZ3U2Ko
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 10, 2016
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2016
Walsh was successful on his three previous field goal attempts before the potential game-winner, from 22, 42 and 47 yards.
Minnesota has not won a playoff game since the 2009 season.