Brett Maher’s extra point kicking problems traveled with him on the Dallas Cowboys’ team plane from Tampa Bay to the Bay Area.
Maher missed four straight extra points after the Cowboys scored touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week in the wild-card round of the playoffs, prompting Dallas to look at potential replacement options.
Head coach Mike McCarthy might have to think about going for two again if his team scores another touchdown, as Maher once again failed to convert the extra point to make it 7-3 in the first half.
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And while this one was blocked, replay showed that Maher didn’t kick it correctly from the left hash. Off her foot, the ball appears to be flipped to the left before a San Francisco 49ers player puts his hand on it to block it.
Maher has now missed five of his last six extra point attempts. The NFL Network noted that only eight extra points have been blocked this season, including the playoffs.
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Maher’s struggles have angered Cowboys fans, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
«I swear I can kick as good as the Dallas Cowboys kicker,» he tweeted.
The Cowboys could once again be forced to back out of their game plan, which is never a good thing for an offense.
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Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott was even seen last week yelling on the sideline after Maher continued to miss following hard-hitting attacks from the offense that resulted in six points.
While it was a beating in Tampa Bay, sometimes extra points can be the difference between a win or a loss. This being the playoffs, every point counts.
That’s why no one could blame McCarthy for making it on 4 and 4 at the two-minute warning in the first half despite being in Maher’s field goal range. Prescott would end up running for first down to keep the lead, but will McCarthy continue in these situations going forward?
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He’s going to have to think long and hard about what he wants to do, not just about the next Cowboys touchdown, but about every field goal decision in this win-or-go-home matchup.