- The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Atlanta Falcons, 34-31, on Monday night after Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh missed a field goal with seven seconds left.
- Walsh’s attempt looked to be just a foot or two short of the goalposts.
- Walsh has struggled with accuracy recently.
The Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks, 34-31, on Monday night after Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh barely missed a 52-yard field goal that would have tied the game.
The Seahawks put together a late run, scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion that pulled them within three points with three minutes remaining. They got the ball back after forcing the Falcons to punt, and Russell Wilson drove the Seahawks into field-goal range with seven seconds remaining.
That put the game in the hands of Walsh, who has struggled of late. Walsh notably missed what would have been the winning field goal against the Seahawks in the 2015 playoffs as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. When he struggled the next season, the Vikings cut him. Walsh has improved this year but nevertheless has hit only 77% of his field goals, which ranks second lowest of kickers to make 15 or more field goals this year.
Walsh’s Monday-night attempt appeared to be good – but came up a foot or two short in a heartbreaking moment.
Here’s how close the field goal came from (likely) sending the game to overtime.
Of course, the loss cannot be pinned solely on Walsh. The Seahawks also had two turnovers, with the Falcons’ defense scoring two touchdowns.
Nonetheless, it was a brutal turn of luck for Walsh, who has had at times struggled in big moments.