Kickers come playoff time are such a pivotal piece for teams to go on a Super Bowl run. That was certainly true for Lawrence Tynes in the 2008 and 2012 playoffs for the New York Giants. Tynes was a key part of the Giants success in the run to win two Super Bowls, both over the New England Patriots.
But what if that game-winning field goal in 2008 in Green Bay in the NFC Championship in overtime didn’t happen? Well, it might not have. Tynes joined me on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it to take a trip down memory lane. Prior to making the game-winning 47-yard field goal at Lambeau Field in frigid temperatures below 0 degrees, Tynes had missed two kicks prior that would have won the game. Tom Coughlin’s confidence in the kicker took a bit of a shit, and 47 yards in those conditions were extremely difficult.
Funny thing is, Coughlin didn’t make the decision to go for the kick…Tynes did.
“You know he didn’t go with me, I made his decision for him, I ran out there without anyone telling me that we were kicking a field goal. I actually showed him that we were gonna go kick, I don’t think he would’ve called it to be honest with you. I ran out there as soon as that ball hit the ground on an incomplete pass I look around there’s no holder, no snapper and I’m just sitting out there at the 37 yard line like hey guys are we gonna kick this? Then I saw Feagles standing next to Coughlin and he kinda shewed him onto the field like go kick it. Tom is on record of saying ‘I wasn’t planning on kicking it until I saw Lawrence out there.’ So, I kinda took that into my own hands because listen, I was three-for-five that day it was the best game of my life with the conditions, but the 43 yarder I missed in the fourth quarter was, you know you learn more from your mistakes, I’m sure you’ve all heard that, but that 43 yarder I hit it real good and just missed it a little bit left. So I knew that if we got the opportunity from anywhere just inside 50 that I could make it. Then I started the last one a little bit further to the right and it curled right down to the middle. So, I learned from missing on that 43 yarder.”
Wonder what happens if Big Blue went for it on 4th down and didn’t convert. Does history change? We’ll never know.
Jake Brown is the Digital Program Manager at CBS Sports Radio and a columnist for CBS Sports Radio, CBS Local Sports, and CBS Local. You can catch him on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it, iTunes, and Spotify. It’s a weekly sports show mixed in with a bit of entertainment and interviews as well every week. He occasionally hosts SportsTalk1240 on WGBB in Long Island, and formerly hosted Brown and Scoop, Brown and Troupe, and on ESPN Radio NH. Jake lives in Queens and being a Mets fan is finally paying off.