The New Orleans Saints have yet to win a game this season as the dropped to 0-4 after a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Saints kicker Garrett Hartley had a chance to give the Saints the lead with about three minutes left but he missed the possible game-winning field goal.
However, I do not blame Hartley for missing the field as he succumbed to an accidental “icing the kicker.” A series of penalties led up to Hartley’s missed field goal which essentially “iced” him.
With 2:58 left in the game the Saints opted to go for a field goal and Hartley nailed the 43 yard attempt giving the Saints a 30-28 lead. However, there was a flag on the play and the score was nullified as tight end David Thomas was called for holding and then Hartley was set up for a 53 yard attempt.
As Hartley was just about to attempt the field goal Packers’ rookie defensive end Mike Daniels was penalized for encroachment and the Saints gained five more yards on the attempt. Hartley’s now 48 yard field goal attempt was no good and the Saints ran out of time and a chance to win the game.
Hartley’s attempt was changed two different times and I really think he was “iced.” However, Hartley claims that “icing the kicker” had nothing to do with him missing the field goal but it was quite a bizarre sequence.
Kickers often claim that “icing the kicker” does not work but Hartley’s case was not the usual “opposing coach calls timeout” strategy. Despite the missed field goal Hartley has been good on field goal attempts going six for eight on the season.
Hartley is a good kicker for the Saints and I know he would have made that field goal nine times out of ten. Unfortunately, he was victim to an unorthodox and unintentional “icing the kicker.”