Pretty Sure The Last Person Stephen Gostkowski Wants Support From Is Blair Walsh
Don't do this Blair. Just go back to playing with your first grade friends. You know, the only people outside of your immediate family that still love you unconditionally. We all see through what you are trying to do here, and no one -including Stephen Gostkowski- appreciates it. You can't try to use a missed extra point by one the most consistent kickers in the NFL to show that it could happen to anyone. That would be like Carson Palmer using Tom Brady's loss to justify his 4 interception performance. Stephen Gostkowski's missed XP, his first all season, in the first quarter of a playoff game is nowhere near as detrimental to it's outcome as Blair Walsh's shank on a game winning chip shot. I don't care what the point differential of the Broncos-Patriots game ended up being. The Patriots had more than enough time, and more than enough opportunities, to make up for Gostkowski's gaff. The same can't be said for Blair Walsh's bungle. He's right, it is a team game, but his team didn't have a chance to make up for his failures.
I honestly don't think Stephen Gostkowski should be upset. He obviously is because he's an athlete, and those not named LeBron James usually take an unnecessary amount of blame for their mistakes, but Patriots fans have a lot more fingers to point before one gets directed at their kicker. Sure, it was an inopportune time for a miss, but it wasn't an egregious time for a miss. Gostkowski didn't cost his team the game. Their inability to get 8 points out of three separate drives in the final eight minutes with potentially the best quarterback of all time cost them the game. Obviously it would have been easier if it was just seven. However, if the Patriots offense did their job then no one is talking about a missed extra point from hours prior, and Blair Walsh isn't trying to siphon sympathy through the guise of support.
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