|ESPN.com: NFL Playoffs 2009||[Print without images]|
|San Diego's Nate Kaeding is one of the most accurate NFL place-kickers. But in the Chargers' 17-14 AFC divisional playoff loss to the New York Jets, Kaeding missed all three of his field goal attempts.|
|Saints kicker Garrett Hartley will hope that his fans are as welcoming after the NFC Championship Game against the Vikings.|
|Former Chiefs kicker Lin Elliott (2) missed all three of his field goal attempts in Kansas City's 1995 playoffs loss to the Colts.|
“When Longwell missed a potential game-winning, 27-yard field goal for the Green Bay Packers in 1997 -- which happened to be his second career game with that team -- he benefited from supportive talks with then-Packers quarterback Brett Favre and defensive end Reggie White. Jets kicker Feely also felt his own devastation. In 2005, as a member of the New York Giants, he missed three field goals in a regular-season loss to the Seahawks. His performance was so ugly that "Saturday Night Live" later lampooned him in a skit. Feely can laugh about it now because he has endured. "What you have to understand is that you can't fear failure," said Feely, who has converted at least 83 percent of his field goals in every season since that point. "When you go through something like that -- and you see that it won't destroy you -- you see that you can perform up to your ability. And the way you succeed is by focusing on the process instead of the end result. Once you start to focus on the end result, your mind can start wondering."
What you have to understand is that you can't fear failure.” -- Jets kicker Jay Feely, who will kick against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game Sunday
|After missing key FGs as a Giant in 2005 in Seattle, Jay Feely heard about it from fans.|