Even future Hall of Famers have bad days.
The 46-year-old Vinatieri missed two of three field-goal attempts and one extra point. The seven missed points proved massive in a tight tilt.
"I was lousy," Vinatieri said, via ESPN. "Obviously, I did not kick well today and let my team down. They played well. Proud of the guys who fought their butts off and came back. ... I feel like that loss is 100% on me. You play a team like the Chargers, who obviously are a good team, can't come in here and miss three kicks and expect to win. That's too many points to give away."
Sunday marked the first time in Vinatieri's 24-year career that he has missed two or more FGs and one or more PAT in the same game.
"If you're a [general manager], you'd cut me, wouldn't ya?" Vinatieri asked. "I don't make those decisions. Those are decision for somebody else to make. I'm going to go out there and figure out what I did wrong and try to fix that, and let those decision be made by other people."
Maybe his age is finally catching up with him. Maybe it's the beginning of a quick end. Maybe.
Or maybe after 24 years of kicking in the NFL, Vinatieri had a bad day at work.
"He's the one guy I'm not worried about," Reich said. "We have the greatest kicker of all time. He didn't have a good day. There were a lot of guys that didn't."