Apparently making his final extra point attempt in a NFC Wild Card win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't help Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher to regain his confidence.
Despite signing Tristan Vizcaino to the practice squad, Maher is the only kicker active for a Divisional Round matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. And after Dak Prescott connected with Dalton Schultz for a second-quarter touchdown, Maher came on for the extra point, and had it blocked:
It's one thing to have an extra point blocked, because that can sometimes indicate a breakdown in the snap, hold or protection. But if you look at the trajectory of this kick, it wasn't going to be even close.
According to NFL Research, the five extra points that Maher has missed over two games this postseason are the second most in any career in NFL history.
On the following drive, the Cowboys passed up what would have been approximately a 45-yard field goal attempt, instead choosing to go for it on fourth-and-four. Ultimately, Prescott scrambled for nine yards, so the decision worked out at first. But it was also indicative of how little confidence there is in Maher right now. And later in the drive, Prescott was picked off.
As the Cowboys face the possibility of not having a kicker for the second half of a game where a trip to the NFC Championship Game is on the line, social media reacted to Maher's struggles: