The shot of him clearing space to attempt a game-winning field goal in Foxborough in January 2002 immediately comes to mind. But with less snow on the ground Saturday, 17 years after his kick sent New England to the AFC Championship Game, Vinatieri couldn't find his footing.
Vinatieri's first miss on the final play of the first half swept away the small bit of momentum the Colts had built for themselves with a quick drive. Indianapolis appeared to have regained its ability to move the ball and was going to cut into the Kansas City Chiefs' 17-point lead with a field goal -- until Vinatieri's kick clanged off the left upright, sending snow flying off the side of it.
The miss from 23 yards out -- the shortest of his career -- was disappointing, but not catastrophic. His second miss, though, exemplified the type of day it was for the Colts .
Then, Vinatieri missed again, this time on an extra-point attempt that sliced wide right.
That was it for scoring for the Colts, who allowed Kansas City to respond with a nine-play, 56-yard touchdown drive that made the 11-point deficit an 18-point hole and sealed the victory for the Chiefs. Vinatieri, who is the NFL's all-time points leader and is set to be a free agent in March, spent it on the sideline, left only to wonder what went wrong.
"We dug ourself a pretty good hole and we just couldn't work our way out of it," Vinatieri said.