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#1 wdm1219inpenna

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Posted October 16, 2009 - 17:12

It seems there have been many safeties scored in Super Bowls, disproportionate to the number of safeties logged during the course of a regular season. Also, there seems to have been a propensity for many PAT's to be missed, or blocked, which seems unusual. You would think something almost as automatic as a P.A.T. wouldn't be such a difficulty. If memory serves, PATs that were missed or blocked....

Super Bowl V : Baltimore Colts
Super Bowl IX: Minnesota Vikings
Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders (2 PATs not converted)
Super Bowl XIV: Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl XVIII: Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts

Just seems like a lot of PATs missed (9 by my count, I may have missed 1 or 2)....

Is it possibly because of nerves?

Safeties logged:

Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears
Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants
Super Bowl XXV: Buffalo Bills (I believe the first, and only team to log a safety in a Super Bowl and lose)
Super Bowl XLIII: Arizona Cardinals (I stand corrected, they were the 2nd team to log a safety & lose a Super Bowl)

I think that's it for missed PATs and safeties in Super Bowls, but I'm only going on memory...

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Posted October 17, 2009 - 11:11

well we have to remember that the super bowl is one game out of a 16 game regular season and a 2 or 3 game playoff run. its going to happen. i'm not sure why it happens at a rate proportionate to the regular season, but it does happen. i just thing with a game with so much on the line, mental errors become a factor where they wouldn't in the regular season. i think alot of times players overthink situations so you end up with a missed PAT, or a safety or what have.

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Posted October 17, 2009 - 13:39

Safeties aren't that abnormal an occurance. In addition to a tackled player in the end zone, you can also get safeties through blocked punts and through a penalty (whether it be holding, intentional grounding, etc.).

I think the only reason Indianapolis missed a PAT was due to the game being played in a downpour. But 9 missed PAT's in 43 games isn't too high.

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Posted October 19, 2009 - 06:15

Safeties aren't that abnormal an occurance. In addition to a tackled player in the end zone, you can also get safeties through blocked punts and through a penalty (whether it be holding, intentional grounding, etc.).

I think the only reason Indianapolis missed a PAT was due to the game being played in a downpour. But 9 missed PAT's in 43 games isn't too high.


I don't know but I would imagine that missing PATs was more common in the 60s and 70s? (I have no stats, its just a sense I have, certainly in my time watching the game the standard of kicking seems to have improved.)
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Posted October 19, 2009 - 21:36

Up until the early 70s, teams didn't usually have a kicking specialist. The position player with the strongest leg became the default kicker/punter.

But as far as the safeties... my theory is that teams just take more chances in the Super Bowl, which leads to more situations where safeties are possible.

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Posted October 23, 2009 - 00:53

For those who don't recall, the halftime score of Super Bowl IX was somewhat unusual:

Pittsburgh Steelers 2, Minnesota Vikings 0

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Posted October 23, 2009 - 05:52

Personally I find it odd that no Superbowl has gone into Overtime. I don't know what the odds are, but it seems to me that roughly on average a game a week goes to overtime, so there should have been a couple of overtime games by now surely?
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Posted October 24, 2009 - 09:11

Good point Saintsfan. Never been any overtime Super Bowl, and never a shutout either. Three times we were close to a shutout, with Miami scoring only 3, the Giants getting a runback for a score in Super Bowl 35, and Super Bowl 7, the Dolphins were about to go up 17-0 in a 17-0 season, and Garo's gaff happened. How incredibly and TRULY perfect would it have been had the Dolphins won 17-0 in that game?? Kind of a shame it didn't happen that way :(

Still, it seems the number of missed PATs seems rather high, especially when you can argue that these are supposed to be the 2 BEST teams remaining. It has to be nerves.

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Posted October 24, 2009 - 09:17

Good point Saintsfan. Never been any overtime Super Bowl, and never a shutout either. Three times we were close to a shutout, with Miami scoring only 3, the Giants getting a runback for a score in Super Bowl 35, and Super Bowl 7, the Dolphins were about to go up 17-0 in a 17-0 season, and Garo's gaff happened. How incredibly and TRULY perfect would it have been had the Dolphins won 17-0 in that game?? Kind of a shame it didn't happen that way :(

Still, it seems the number of missed PATs seems rather high, especially when you can argue that these are supposed to be the 2 BEST teams remaining. It has to be nerves.

The best teams don't necessarily have the best kickers.
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