Through 57 minutes of game time between the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals, nobody expected that the contest would devolve into a kicking contest between Mason Crosby and Evan McPherson. But starting at the 2:12 mark of the fourth quarter, the shenanigans began, as the two place-kickers combined for five misses over the next ten minutes of game time.
Both players thought they won the game at one point, only to see the football drift wide left. McPherson even celebrated before his overtime miss from 49 yards moved and clipped the flag near the top of the upright.
But when it came time for the Packers to call on Crosby for a fourth go-ahead opportunity, he did not hesitate to say that he would hit it. It was his confidence that convinced Matt LaFleur to give him the chance to kick it again rather than leaving the offense on the field for a fourth-and-short attempt.
And of course, Crosby converted, drilling that final kick right down the middle to send the Packers to 4-1. Hopefully that positive end will erase any lingering doubts from his three missed field goals (and a doinked PAT) earlier, but then again, he didn’t seem to have any question when it was time to go out and convert.
The Packers are finding new ways to win each week. And fans should not gloss over the fact that they went on the road and beat a 3-1 team despite missing three of their starting offensive linemen, their best deep-threat receiver, their top cover cornerback, and their number one pass-rusher.
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Matt LaFleur had to see the confidence in Mason Crosby's eyes before he was willing to put him back out to try the game-winning field goal. When Crosby showed "zero flinch," LaFleur gave him the go-ahead.
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