Sunday, December 23, 2012
Blair Walsh's turn to set an NFL record
By Kevin Seifert
NFC North players are obliterating the NFL record book this weekend. Or something like that.
You know full well what Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson did Saturday night. If not, we chronicled it for you.
Sunday afternoon, Minnesota Vikings place-kicker Blair Walsh set an NFL record by kicking his ninth field goal of at least 50 yards (in his nine attempts). The kick, a 56-yard bomb that cleared the uprights with plenty of room to spare, also tied the Vikings' record for the longest kick in team history.
Walsh also has a 41-yard conversion as the Vikings have taken a 13-3 halftime lead over the Houston Texans. Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson has had a relatively quiet half, with 40 yards on 13 carries, but there are only so many NFL records that can be broken in any given weekend, I'm told.
Related: Walsh probably deserves the NFC's Pro Bowl nod. He has now converted 31 of 33 field goal attempts this season.