Brett Maher’s extra-point kicking woes traveled with him on the Dallas Cowboys crew aircraft from Tampa Bay to the Bay Area.
Maher infamously missed 4 straight further factors after Cowboys touchdowns towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final week within the wild-card spherical of the playoffs, which led Dallas to look into potential alternative choices.
Head coach Mike McCarthy might need to consider going for 2 once more if his crew scores one other landing, as Maher as soon as once more couldn’t convert the additional level to make it 7-3 within the first half.
And whereas this one was blocked, replay confirmed that Maher didn’t kick it from the left hash correctly. Off his foot, the ball appears to be shanked to the left already earlier than a San Francisco 49ers participant will get his hand on it for the block.
Maher has now missed 5 of his final six extra-point makes an attempt. NFL Network identified that solely eight further factors have been blocked this season, together with the playoffs.
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Maher’s struggles have gotten Cowboys followers furious, together with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“I swear, I can kick pretty much as good because the Dallas Cowboys kicker,” he tweeted.
The Cowboys might as soon as once more be pressured to take placekicking out of their sport plan, which isn’t a great factor for an offense.
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Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott was even seen final week screaming on the sideline after Maher continued to overlook following the offense’s powerful drives that resulted in six factors.
While it was a blowout in Tampa Bay, typically further factors might be the distinction between a win or a loss. With this being the playoffs, each level counts.
That’s why nobody might blame McCarthy going for it on 4th-and-4 on the two-minute warning within the first half regardless of being in Maher’s subject purpose vary. Prescott would find yourself operating for the primary all the way down to hold the drive going, however will McCarthy proceed to go for it in these conditions transferring ahead?
He must assume lengthy and onerous about what he needs to don’t simply on the Cowboys’ subsequent landing however each subject purpose choice transferring ahead on this win-or-go-home matchup.