Monday, October 1, 2012
Tynes goes 0-for-2 on attempts to win
By Ian Begley
PHILADELPHIA -- Lawrence Tynes made his first 11 field goal attempts of the 2012 season.
He picked a rather inopportune time to miss his first. And second.
Lawrence Tynes looks on after one of his kicks misses the mark.
With 15 seconds on the clock, the veteran Giants kicker missed two potential game-winning tries from 54 yards out in a 19-17 loss to the Eagles on Sunday night.
"To not come through is definitely unfortunate," Tynes said in a subdued tone.
His first attempt had enough distance but sailed left.
Fortunately for Tynes, Eagles coach Andy Reid called a timeout before the kick in an attempt to ice the Giants' kicker.
So Tynes got another chance.
At the time, Eagles QB Michael Vick, along with every Philly fan in the building, wasn't happy with Reid's decision.
"I don't believe in icing the kicker," Vick said. "I don't know who started that, but we have to end that tradition."
Tynes lined up for kick No. 2, confident that he could make Reid pay.
"It's a tough kick (but) a kick I can make, a kick I've made in my career to win a game before," he said.
But on Sunday night in Philly, with the game and an early lead in the NFC East on the line, Tynes came up short.
His second attempt was straight enough but fell several feet shy of the crossbar.
"It's definitely not one that you want to miss," said Tynes, the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week last week after kicking five field goals against Carolina.
Of course, the Giants could have set up Tynes with an easier attempt.
They had the ball on 26-yard line with less than a minute to play. But Ramses Barden was flagged for offensive pass interference after he mugged Eagles corner Nnamdi Asomugha. That flag turned a 44-yard attempt into a 54-yarder.
"Any time Lawrence steps on the field, he expects to make the kick, whether it's 60 yards, 54 or 22," Weatherford said. "That's his job and he's very good at it, so we still have all the faith in the world in him."
Unfortunately for the Giants, all the faith in the world wasn't enough to get Tynes' kick through the uprights on Sunday night.