Henery laments crucial missed field goal

Henery laments crucial missed field goal

Mosher and Gunn break down the Eagles' loss

September 15, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Alex Henery's missed 46-yard field goal before halftime came back to cost the Eagles in a 33-30 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. (AP)

Alex Henery made long field goals and clutch field goals Sunday in the Eagles’ home opener against San Diego.

He also missed one, a 46-yarder at the end of the second quarter that came back to haunt the Eagles.

“Especially since it would have tied it up going into the half there,” Henery said.

His miss enabled San Diego to go into the break up three. And the Eagles fell by three, 33-30, in their home opener at the Linc (see Instant Replay).

“It was a big three points," Henery said. "Just one of those things. I thought I hit it well. It just didn’t come back on me.”

Henery, the third-year kicker, later made a 48-yarder in the third quarter and booted a 32-yarder with 1:51 to play, which tied the game at 30. The 32-yarder was on the same side of the field as the one he had missed.

On the miss, Henery had distance, but the ball didn’t hook as much as he had anticipated. Kicking toward the North end zone, which is the open end, he had tried to play the crosswinds that were sweeping through from right to left, the direction he said they typically blow at the Linc.

The ball started out wide right and hooked closer to the upright, just as he suspected it would. It just didn’t hook enough.

“All day it was constantly there,” Henery said of the crosswind. “It was just one of [those] things. Off my foot, I thought it was good. It was a big miss, and you can see at the end of the game, you’ve got to have them all. I’ll come back and get the rest.”

Henery, a fourth-round pick out of Nebraska in 2011, is one of the team’s few hits from that draft class. As a rookie, he set a team and NFL rookie record with an 88.9 field goal percentage. Both of his two seasons are among the four most accurate seasons ever for an Eagles kicker.

He entered the season with a 52 for 59 for his career. That became 53 for 60 when he nailed a 48-yarder against the Redskins in the season opener. But the 46-yarder was his second miss in three games going back to last year. He missed a 28-yarder against the Giants in the season finale.

“It happens,” he said. “I’ll come back and get the rest.”

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