Mason Crosby’s missed field goal snaps NFL record streak

The Packers were trying to answer the Falcons on their opening drive of Sunday’s NFC championship game.

The Falcons marched 80 yards on 13 plays to take a 7-0 lead with Mohamed Sanu’s 2-yard touchdown catch from Matt Ryan.

The Packers easily moved down the field, thanks to a pair of catches by Jordy Nelson, but the drive stalled inside the Falcons 30-yard line.

Out trotted Packers kicker Mason Crosby for a 41-yard field goal attempt. Crosby had made an NFL-record 23 straight field goals in the postseason, but his kick Sunday against the Falcons went wide right.

It was also the first miss by any NFL kicker this postseason after they had combined to go 33 for 33. Ironically, Crosby’s last postseason miss was also in Atlanta, during Green Bay’s 48-21 victory in the 2010 playoffs as the Packers went on to win Super Bowl XLV.

The last thing New England wanted to see before it advanced to the AFC title game was one of its best offensive players getting hurt. Tight end Martellus Bennett went down with 7:55 to play in the fourth quarter, and he grabbed his left knee in pain after what appeared to be a non-contact injury. Bennett was able to jog off the field on his own power, and fortunately, he missed only a couple snaps before he re-entered the game.

Make it a third touchdown for Dion Lewis. The Patriots, unlike Cheap Jerseys Bike the Texans twice earlier in the game, scored a touchdown off their opponent’s interception. Lewis scored on the ground from one yard out his previous scores came as a receiver and a kick returner, and he became the first player in NFL postseason history to score in all three ways during a single game. It was the Cheap Jerseys Cycling second play of a drive that started on Houston’s 6-yard line thanks to Brock Osweiler’s pick. 31-16, Patriots.

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