Tuesday Trivia: Missing Chip-Shot Field Goals
Dan Bailey might be able to sleep better if he knew that his miss on a 21-yard field-goal attempt was not the shortest miss in team history.
Of course, NFL goal posts were on the goal line until the 1974 season, so field-goal attempts could be shorter. Several Dallas kickers during the 1960s missed field goals from inside 19 yards, which would be like a miss from inside 29 yards in today’s game. These kickers including the likes of Fred Cone (1960), Allen Green (1961), Sam Baker (1963), Dick Van Raaphorst (1964), and Mike Clark (1969). Van Raaphorst has the infamous distinction of missing the most field goals from between 0 and 19 yards as he only connected on 6 of 9 such attempts in the ’64 season.
This leads us to today’s trivia question. Since the NFL moved the goal posts to the back of the end zone in 1974, only one Dallas kicker has missed a field-goal attempt of less than 20 yards. Which kicker was it, in what year did this happen, and against which team did this occur?