Longwell Continues Clutch Kicking

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 28, 2009 – 10:35 am

Even though one of his kicks yesterday resulted in a San Francisco TD and negative 10-point swing right before halftime, K Ryan Longwell’s performance was once again instrumental in the outcome of a Vikings game.

In 8 seasons as a member of the Packers, Longwell became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and tipped the scale in favor of the Packers against the Vikings several times. But then he came to Minnesota as a free agent in 2006 and his prolific career has continued to be, well, prolific.

Longwell ranks 3rd in Vikings history with 6 game-winning FGs and his 50-yarder yesterday puts him in a tie with Fuad Reveiz for most 50-yard FGs in team history (8). Although neither of his 2 FGs from yesterday are considered game-winners, they were still vital to the Vikings winning effort.

Longwell came on to salvage scoring drives twice in the 1st half. He was true from 40 yards early in the 2nd quarter to give the Vikings a 10-point lead. Then, later in the 2nd quarter after a solid punt return and a couple of fortuitous penalties, Longwell came on to split the uprights on a crucial 50-yard try to increase the lead to 13-7.

The Vikings eventually went on to win 27-24, so a couple of 1st half FGs clearly made a difference for the Vikings. And the Vikings are used to Longwell making a winning difference. Longwell is now 54 of 56 from inside 45 yards since joining the Vikings in ’06. Both of those misses are actually blocks. He’s also made 34 straight tries from inside 40 yards, which is a Vikings record.

Longwell ranks 19th all-time with 302 career FGs and 20th in all-time scoring with 1,398 points.

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6 Responses to “Longwell Continues Clutch Kicking”

  1. By CA Norwegian on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    The safer thing would have been to burn all the clock on a safe Jackson bootleg -2 point play at the end. Objective, Not to leave any time on clock and be in the lead when the gun sounds. After seeing a blocked kick go for seven the other way… I like the going for it on 4th down thought… short punts that go into the end zone are worse than giving up and punting from their 30 odd yard line, but the worst to watch are blocked kicks for scores.

  2. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Nice point, CA Nor. I am backing you up on that one.

    Furthermore, let’s say kicking off is smart. Don’t kick a chip shot. Kick it on the ground so they can’t fair catch it.

  3. By mikewobschall on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    The clock doesn’t run on a 2-point conversion.

  4. By Apexas on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    That’s true about the conversion, just like an extra point attempt. As far as the blocked FG goes, there’s no coach in the NFL who has a kicker with Longwell’s stats and would not attempt that FG at the end of the half. What happened was complete luck for SF. The coach that took a knee in that situation would get booed into the locker room every time.

  5. By mikewobschall on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    I agree Apexas. Kicking a FG there was not a controversial move. Blocked kicks are a risk associated with every FG attempt.

  6. By TheGreatPurpleOne on Sep 30, 2009 | Reply

    Longwell is the man!!!

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