Being an NFL kicker is tougher than it looks, even for those who are amongst the best at the position. Even Packers kicker Mason Crosby, a 12th-year veteran, is no stranger to how difficult the position can be.
Crosby had a particularly rough day against the Lions on Sunday. Crosby, who entered the game 10-for-11 (90%) this season, went 1-for-5 in his latest outing, a game which Green Bay lost 31-23 inside the domed Ford Field.
He missed each of his first four attempts, tying a record for most consecutive tries without a conversion during a single game since the NFL merger.
Crosby missed attempts from 41 (wide left), 42 (hit the right upright), 38 (wide right) and 56 yards (wide right). He also missed an extra-point attempt that bounced off the left upright during the fourth quarter. He entered Sunday having made 98.1% of his career extra-point tries.
Crosby made a 41-yard attempt with seven seconds remaining for his first conversion of the day, avoiding a tie with Dan Carpenter for worst single-game performance. It was a day Crosby will likely hope to soon forget. The Packers' defeat dropped them to 2-2-1 on the season, preventing them from gaining ground on the NFC North-leading Bears.