It was a rough night for Ryan Longwell, who missed a field goal (which, obviously ended up inconsequential to the final score) against the Chicago Bears from 33-yards out, after the team called a timeout and had a false start near the two-minute warning. The team had been lining up to kick, then called a timeout to go for it, but a false start from Michael Jenkins brought Longwell back out. He hooked it - badly - and didn't even come close to hitting it.
But missing the field goal was probably the second-worst thing he did on Sunday night, as evidenced by comments from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who says he is "shocked" that teams still kick to Devin Hester. Longwell's kick made it to just about the goal line, and Hester was off to the races on the right side of the field. It went for a 98-yard touchdown, and was utterly deflating for the Vikings.
I think the shocking part for us is that people still kick to him because he's such a threat. And we know he is taking a shot, he might take one to the house, so it's fun.
Not so fun for Ryan Longwell. At this point, with the new kickoff rule, do you pin things like that on the kicker?