Billy Cundiff Misses 31-Yard Field Goal In Second Consecutive Game
LANDOVER, Md. – Billy Cundiff missed a 31-yard field goal for the second consecutive game on Sunday, but he said afterward he’s not worried about his job.
Cundiff, signed by the Washington Redskins the day before the final preseason game in August, has now made just three of his eight field goal attempts since making all four in the season opener at New Orleans.
“Let’s be serious,” said Cundiff, who sent the attempt wide right with 2:21 remaining in the second quarter. “I just messed up. It’s my responsibility to make those kicks, and it just didn’t happen.”
Cundiff later made a 23-yard field goal with 5:56 remaining in the third quarter. He has made all 17 of his extra point attempts this season and has sent 18 of his 29 kickoffs for touchbacks.
A conversion on the missed field goal would have given the Redskins a 10-0 lead. Instead, Atlanta took over from its own 21-yard line and scored a touchdown with 30 seconds remaining before halftime, and head coach Mike Shanahan said the inability to gain any additional momentum with a made field goal was “disappointing.”
“You look at the final score and obviously even if I would’ve made that field goal, we still would’ve needed four more points,” Cundiff said. “It’s one of those things that you obviously would’ve needed two more field goal attempts beyond that.”