The NFL's decision to move the extra-point line back this season wound up having a massive impact on the AFC Championship. And it left one of the league's best kickers wondering "What if?"
"I feel like I lost the game for the team," Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski said after New England's 20-18 loss in Denver. "I should have been out there kicking that tying extra point and helping us going into overtime. It's a sickening feeling (that) I can't put into words. There's nothing I can do about it now."
Gostkowski missed an extra point after New England's first-quarter touchdown, which was his first extra point missed in nearly a decade, when he had an extra point blocked as a rookie in 2006. This season, the Patriots were one of only five teams that didn't miss a single extra point after it was moved to a 33-yard distance in the offseason. Gostkowski hit all 55 attempts he tried this year, including three in the playoffs last week.
"It's a nightmare scenario," Gostkowski said. "I can't really explain how I feel right now. ... I feel like I let a lot of people down."