Kaeding / choking in the playoffs
Posted Jan. 19 at 02:02 AM
Nate Kaeding is the most accurate kicker in NFL history. All-time in the regular season, he’s converted 150 of 172 field goals – 87.2 percent.
And because of that uncanny accuracy, I think it’s fair to call him a choker.
He’s just missed too many important kicks in the playoffs. As a rookie in 2004, Kaeding missed a 40-yarder that would have won a home playoff game against the Jets. In 2007, Kaeding missed 45- and 48-yarders – also well within his range.
And on Sunday, of course, Kaeding played a big role in the upset of the weekend, missing 36- and 40-yard kicks against New York in ideal weather conditions. He also missed a 57-yard attempt, as the Chargers fell out of the playoffs with a 17-14 loss.
Kaeding from 31 to 39 yards in the regular season in the last six years: 41 of 43.
Kaeding on kicks of 31 to 40 yards in the playoffs in the last six years: 2 of 5.
(Kaeding overall is 150-172 in the regular season and 8-15 in the postseason.)
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