Cowboys' Brett Maher suffers historical playoff meltdown, Mike McCarthy hints that team will stick with kicker

The Dallas Cowboys played an almost best video game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, well, other than for one gamer. Brett Maher suffered an overall disaster on a night where he missed out on an overall of 4 additional points, going simply 1-for-5 in the Cowboys’ 31-14 win. 

The efficiency wasn’t simply bad, it was traditionally bad. With the 4 misses out on, Maher ended up being the very first kicker in NFL history to miss out on 4 additional points in a video game. With each miss out on, it was clear that the Cowboys were getting a growing number of annoyed with him on the sideline. 

By the time he missed his 3rd kick, Dak Prescott was grimacing on the sideline while Peyton and Eli Manning appeared to be in shock. 

Maher appears to have actually captured a case of the yips. Not just did he miss his very first 4 efforts versus the Buccaneers, however he likewise missed his only effort in Week 18, which brought his streak of successive misses out on to 5. However, that streak ended in the 4th quarter Monday when Maher lastly made an additional point, which generated a loud cheer from the crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. 

Despite this has a hard time, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy made it seem like the group prepares to stick to Maher for their divisional round championship game versus the 49ers on Sunday. 

“We need to get him ready to go (for San Francisco),” McCarthy stated, through NBCDWF. “We need him. He’s been super clutch for us all year.”

Maher likewise appears to have the assistance of his colleagues. 

One particularly supporttve colleague was Dak Prescott. 

“I’m Money Maher’s biggest fan,” Prescott stated following the win. “I talked to him individually after the game, just told him, ‘Hey let that go, we’re going to need it’ I just played like s— a week ago, so that happens.”

The Cowboys kicker had a hard time on additional points sometimes throughout the routine season, however it never ever got this bad. During the 2022 season, he struck 50 of 53 additional points, which benefited a 94.3% conversion rate that ranked 22nd for any kicker who tried 15 or more additional points. 

Although he could not strike from brief variety on Monday, Maher has actually turned up clutch numerous times for many years and he’s had no issue striking long kicks for the Cowboys. Not just did he go 9 of 11 from 50 lawns or more in 2022, however he likewise holds the NFL record for the majority of basket of 60 lawns or more with 4. It’s the brief things that’s been bothersome. 

Since the additional point was transferred to 33 lawns back in 2015, some kickers have actually struggled, however they nearly never ever have a hard time like Maher did on Monday night. As a matter of reality, just one other kicker has actually even missed out on 3 additional points in any video game over the previous 7 years which was Matt Gay, who went 2-for-5 while betting the Buccaneers in a 35-22 win versus the Falcons in November 2019 (Gay now bets the Rams). 

Besides Gay and Maher, you need to go all the method back to 1993 to discover a video game where a kicker missed out on 3 additional points (Roger Ruzek did it while betting the Eagles), however nobody else has actually missed out on 4. 

The upside for the Cowboys is that Maher was the only gamer who actually had a hard time throughout Dallas’ 31-14 win. The Cowboys ruined the Buccaneers thanks in big part to a traditionally huge video game from Dak Prescott, who set a franchise record by amounting to 5 goals. 

For a complete breakdown of whatever that occurred in the video game, be sure to take a look at our takeaways by click on this link. 

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