MINNEAPOLIS – Don’t look now, but Mason Crosby has made four straight field goals.
And yes, one of those doinked off the upright last week against Tennessee. But there was no quibbling with the Green Bay Packers kicker’s kicks during Sunday’s 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field inside the Metrodome, as Crosby was dead solid perfect on a 51-yarder as the first half expired and a 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 27-27.
“I felt good with the field goals I hit. Obviously we would have liked to come out with the win. That’s the main thing,” said Crosby, who came in 19 for 31 on field-goal attempts and 1-for-8 from 50 yards and beyond, having missed his last seven 50-yarders. “We have to shift gears. We are in the playoffs, we’re going to host a game in Lambeau, and that’s where we move forward here.”
Crosby was demonstrative after each of his kicks, but just as he downplayed his struggles earlier in the year, as he had missed at least one kick in each of his previous eight games before last week’s 2-for-2 effort against the Titans, he downplayed his successes, too.
“It felt good. Obviously they were crucial situations too. At the end of the half, it gave us some momentum. We came out and scored right after. And then there to tie it, those were big,” Crosby said. “It felt good to hit them through and give us the chance. That’s the important thing. The last two weeks I’ve done my job and that’s what I’m going to consistently keep doing.
“I hit both of them exactly how I wanted to. The protection, the snap, hold, kick was flawless. I’ve got to give all those guys credit. We executed and gave us a chance to continue to be in the game. This team battled today, we just came up a field goal short.
“The last two weeks I've made the kicks in games I’ve needed to. I’m just doing my job and that’s what I'm doing here. For me, I felt (like) myself all year, it’s just (I) had a couple not where I wanted them to. These last two weeks I’ve been putting them through the uprights and that’s what I’ve got to keep doing.”
Crosby, who battled the flu at the beginning of the week, was sent home and was listed as probable on the injury report, said he didn’t kick last week until Friday.
“I wasn’t feeling too good the first couple of days of the week,” said Crosby, still sounding congested. “I was able to kick on Friday, and I felt pretty good today.”
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