Saturday, October 10, 2015

Stephen Gostkowski owns one of the most unbreakable records in sports

By my count, there have been 17 missed extra points in the NFL this year.  That projects to about 70 by season's end (an average of slightly more than two per team).  Last year there were eight.  Eight total--for every kicker on ever team, all season long.

The change in accuracy is the predictable outcome from the league moving the extra point from the two-yard line (a 19-yard kick) to the 15-yard line (a 32-yard kick).

In the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Jaguars, New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski set an all-time NFL record by connecting on his 423rd consecutive extra point.

Eventually Gostkowski (who has hit all 21 of his kicks this year 14-for-14 on extra points, 7-for-7 on field goals) will miss and his streak will come to an end.  But with the new rule in effect, his record is one that will never be broken.

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