It’s the 2005-2006 NFL Playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts have battled it out for four quarters. The Colts are down 21-18, and there are 18 seconds left in the game. The Colts’ kicker, Mike Vanderjagt, steps up to nail a 46-yard kick that can tie the game and send it into overtime. The Colts are confident in their man; having made 88% of his previous attempts, Vanderjagt is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. His foot connects with the ball, and it launches into the air, soaring right, wide right, completely missing the uprights. The Colts’ season is over. And so is Vanderjagt’s NFL career; the Colts decline to re-sign him, and he is picked up and consequently dismissed by the Dallas Cowboys.
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