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He shouldn’t be the goat, but former Ravens kicker Matt Stover did have a tough miss in the Colts’ 31-17 Super Bowl loss Sunday.
Stover missed a 51-yard field goal attempt with 10 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. An attempt from that distance is a lot to ask from the 42-year-old, but Stover had the distance. The kick hooked left.
At the time, the Colts led the Saints, 17-16. A successful field goal would have given the Colts some breathing room, but instead marked a definite momentum swing.
Following the shank, CBS cameras showed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning visibly frustrated on the sideline. The Saints then reeled off two straight touchdowns to take a 31-17 lead, punctuated by a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Stover, who was not resigned by the Ravens after 13 years in Baltimore, made a 38-yard attempt to open the scoring. He was the oldest player to ever lace it up at the Super Bowl.