It may have came early in the game, but considering how tight most Super Bowls are, Stephen Gostkowski’s missed field goal could end up haunting the Patriots.
While 26-yard field goals are usually chip shots, this attempt went very wrong from the start.
A low snap was bobbled by the holder. Gostkowski was forced to delay his approach and ended up shanking the ball of the left upright.
Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard missed field goal was the shortest missed FG in the Super Bowl since Morten Andersen missed a 26-yarder in Super Bowl XXXIII. pic.twitter.com/1hKY260Tgf
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 5, 2018
Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard miss is tied for the 3rd-shortest missed field goal in the Super Bowl
Mike Cofer (19-yard miss for SF in SB XXIII) and Rich Karlis (23-yard miss for DEN in SB XXI) missed from shorter
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) February 5, 2018
The Eagles led the game 9-3 at the time and added another touchdown to take a 15-3 lead.
After the ensuing drive, New England added a field goal to cut the lead to 15-6.
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