Sports can be cruel. Blair Walsh found that out the hard way against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
After Teddy Bridgewater led the Minnesota Vikings into scoring position in the final seconds of the NFC’s first wild-card contest, all that sat between the Vikings and the divisional round was a 27-yard field goal.
And Walsh shockingly pushed it left, giving the Seahawks a wild 10-9 victory.
During the season, the fourth-year kicker missed four extra points but was perfect from 30 yards and closer. Bringing up memories of Ace Ventura and Ray Finkle, a big talking point after the game was the fact Jeff Locke held the laces in for Walsh’s kick:
For what it’s worth, Walsh nailed a 47-yard kick earlier in the game with the laces in the same position, but that hardly offers much consolation at a time like this.
The Seahawks, with their second life, will now travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers.