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, there aren’t any placekickers whose place in Canton, Ohio, is a topic of discussion. Even Vinatieri and Tucker missed kicks in Week 5.For every hero with his soccer-style boots, there are flops. Graham Gano nails a career-best 63-yarder to lift Carolina past the Giants — tied for second-longest field goal in NFL history — and Greg Joseph sends a flutterball through the uprights to give Cleveland a 12-10 win over Baltimore. Meanwhile, Mason Crosby has the worst Sunday of his 12-year career with four botched field goals and a missed extra point in a 31-23 loss at Detroit.Want more? Maybe not, but here goes:—Chris Boswell missed the extra point after the Steelers‘ first touchdown, the third he’s missed this season. Boswell missed three in his previous three seasons with Pittsburgh.—Caleb Sturgis‘ PAT attempt after one Chargers touchdown bounced off the upright for his fourth miss of the season and third in the past two games. The sixth-year kicker has equaled the amount he had over three seasons in Philadelphia from 2015-17.“The extra point did bother me a little bit, but we’ll figure out what happened there,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “He’s been kicking with a lot of confidence, so I’m not concerned about it.”—The Browns’ Joseph clanked an extra point off the right upright, the third extra point missed by Cleveland this season. The rookie then pulled a 55-yard field goal left for the win with 5 seconds left in regulation before connecting in OT.—Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history Anthony Nelson Jersey
, had a 48-yard field goal attempt blocked by Cleveland rookie Denzel Ward on the final play of the first half. He made three kicks, however, proving he’s still the league’s most reliable.—Detroit’s Matt Prater missed a 55-yard field goal, badly, sending the football way right. But the strong-legged Prater is one of the best long-range kickers around and holds the record with a 64-yarder for Denver in 2013.—Cincinnati kicker Randy Bullock had a 37-yard field goal try blocked by Vincent Taylor of Miami in the second quarter. The Bengals still rallied from a 17-0 hole to win.—Cairo Santos of the Rams had a chance to tie the score at 31 in Seattle but missed a fourth-quarter extra point. He got a chance to redeem himself and did on a 39-yard field goal for the winning points.—This one is not kicker Stephen Hauschka’s fault, and he was being celebrated later with a 46-yard field goal to lift Buffalo past Tennessee. But it was an example of the weird day kicking teams were having.The Bills botched a field goal late in the first half — either it was a blown fake or an issue getting the ball down for the kick. Holder Corey Bojorquez stood up after taking the snap and tried a short pass back to Hauschka under pressure from Brynden Trawick of the Titans.—Not to ignore the punters, Atlanta’s Matt Bosher had a kick blocked late in the third quarter when Pittsburgh’s Roosevelt Nix bulldozed in.Clearly, the most forgettable performance came from Crosby, who was crushed by it.“I don’t get this much attention unless it’s really bad or extremely good,” he said. “This one is unfortunately really bad. I’m going to have to really look at this one and this one hurts a bunch. I left a lot of points on the field for this team.“I look back and I’m thinking, in my childhood, in high school Jeffery Simmons Jersey
, this is definitely one of the worst ones and I’m bummed about that.”What really bums out fans is when coaches play for the field goal. It’s far worse in college, where the dependability of placekickers is shakier than Crosby was Sunday indoors at Detroit.But it infiltrates the NFL, too. And when the kickers flop consistently, they lose their jobs.And like Hauschka and Santos and Sturgis and Bullock, they somehow pop up elsewhere. Until they start missing again. DENVER (AP) — Philip Rivers is back in the playoffs for the first time in five years and he’s not about to judge the quality of the latest one, a hard-fought 23-9 win Sunday over the scrappy Denver Broncos.“It’s hard to win 12 games,” Rivers said after accomplishing the feat for just the third time in his 15-year NFL career and for the first time since 2009.Were it not for a last-second loss to the Broncos at home in November, the Chargers would have supplanted the Chiefs as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Instead, they’ll go in as a wild-card next weekend and visit Baltimore. They were thumped by the Ravens 22-10 last week at home.“It’s a heck of a challenge,” Rivers said. “I don’t there was a team that wasn’t going to be a heck of a challenge. … They’re all good. That team outplayed us last week and it will be a new game, new everything. We’ll see who can play the best this time.”The Broncos (6-10) careened into an offseason of uncertainty after posting double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1966-67, an ignominy that could cost second-year coach Vance Joseph his job.“I want to come back and make this thing right Nate Davis Jersey
,” said Joseph, who’s expected to meet with general manager John Elway on Monday morning.Joseph acknowledged an 11-21 record isn’t good enough by the Broncos’ standards, “but I think we’ve put a lot of work in. There’s a foundation that’s been laid here that should pay off in the future.”That bedrock, said defensive end Derek Wolfe, is a never-quit attitude that was on display again Sunday.“V.J., he’s one of my favorite people on this planet. I love that guy with all my heart and I’ve got a lot of respect for him,” Wolfe said.Rivers was just 14 of 34 for 176 yards and a touchdown and he threw two interceptions in the first quarter, something that’s happened just twice before in Rivers’ 15-year NFL career.Denver pulled to 14-9 on fullback Andy Janovich‘s 20-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, the first TD of his career. Case Keenum‘s 2-point conversion throw, however, was picked off by cornerback Casey Hayward Jr., who slipped a tackle attempt by receiver Courtland Sutton at the left pylon and rumbled 102 yards for a pick-2 that gave Los Angeles a 16-9 lead with 10:10 remaining.Then Tytus Howard Jersey
, Rivers had his only sustained drive, capped by Austin Ekeler‘s 1-yard TD run.Neither team got much going offensively.The Chargers took a 7-3 halftime lead thanks to a defensive touchdown . Rivers’ 3-yard TD toss to Mike Williams that made it 14-3 came after Joey Bosa‘s fumble recovery at the Denver 16.Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s script proved ineffective again — for the ninth straight week, Denver punted on its opening drive.The Broncos failed to convert interceptions by rookie Isaac Yiadom and Will Parks into points in the first quarter.The Chargers’ only first-half score came when Keenum hit Royce Freeman with a low screen that was ruled a backward pass. Freeman didn’t secure it and a hard hit by cornerback Desmond King II to a prone Freeman popped the ball loose.Linebacker Kyle Emmanuel scooped it up and ran 11 yards for a 7-0 L.A. lead with 5:42 left in the first half.FLAG FOOTBALLDenver left tackle Garett Bolles was whistled for holding, his 10th and 11th of the year. His first flag negated a 54-yard touchdown run by Devontae Booker.The Broncos were about to tie it when a pass glanced off tight end Matt LaCosse and into the hands of safety Jahleel Addae, who tried to lateral the ball as he was getting tackled, fumbling the football that was recovered by Broncos guard Elijah Wilkinson at the Chargers 20.The Broncos reached the 6, but had to settle for Brandon McManus‘ 28-yard field goal.STRIP-SACK-RECOVERYVon Miller pulled off the trifecta with his strip sack of backup quarterback Geno Smith, and his recovery of the loose ball in the final minutes. Miller had another sack that was negated by a holding call on Yiadom.INJURIES:Chargers: LB Jatavis Brown injured his right ankle tackling Royce Freeman on the final play of the first quarter.Broncos: RT Jared Veldheer (ribs), C Connor McGovern (ankle) and S Darian Stewart (shoulder) all went out in the second half.UP NEXT:Chargers: Head to Baltimore for wild-card weekend.Broncos: Embark on another offseason of change with big questions yet again at coach and QB.
Others might want to kick them off the roster after this weekend.With the rare exceptions of Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri and Baltimore’s Justin Tucker