Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher botches a trio of first-half PATs in Wildcard matchup with the Bucs


Strike three? Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher botches a trio of first-half PATs in Wildcard matchup with the Bucs as Peyton Manning asks: ‘Can you cut a guy halftime of a playoff game?’

Dallas Cowboys place kicker Brett Maher picked bad time for a case of the yips on Monday night in Tampa.

Facing the Buccaneers in the final Wildcard Round playoff game, the 33-year-old Nebraska product botched three extra points in the first half. Prior to Monday, no placekicker had ever missed three PATs in a single playoff game, let alone a single half of play. 

The good news for Dallas fans is that the Cowboys still led the game, 18-0 going into halftime, but that hardly served as any consolation for the struggling kicker who was visibly upset at Raymond James Stadium on Monday.

The sequence of missed kicks led ESPN commentator Peyton Manning to wonder: ‘Can you cut a guy halftime of a playoff game?’

Dallas Cowboys place kicker Brett Maher picked bad time for a case of the yips on Monday night in Tampa. Facing the Buccaneers in the final Wildcard Round playoff game, the 33-year-old Nebraska product botched three extra points in the first half

Fans were relentless on Twitter following his third miss. 

‘Bret (sic) Maher probably has huge gambling debts,’ joked on Twitter user, reviving an old trope about inaccurate kickers. 

‘Is maher’s foot broken or what?’ asked another fan. 

Another fan took on a darker tone: ‘ Brett Maher is the first kicker to miss 3 PATs and also be allowed to keep his leg.’

A former Nebraska kicker, Maher bounced around from NFL practice squads to the CFL before finally catching on with the Cowboys in 2018.

Despite his accuracy issues over the years, he does have a powerful leg. In fact, on November 20, Maher became the first kicker in NFL history with four made field goals of 60 yards or more for his career. 

Despite his accuracy issues over the years, he does have a powerful leg. In fact, on November 20, Maher became the first kicker in NFL history with four made field goals of 60 yards or more for his career

Despite his accuracy issues over the years, he does have a powerful leg. In fact, on November 20, Maher became the first kicker in NFL history with four made field goals of 60 yards or more for his career

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