Heading into Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh had an 84.8 per cent career field goal success rate, a 92.3 per cent success rate this year, and Pro Bowl and All-Pro nods in 2012. But he did have the infamous missed field goal in the 2015-16 NFC championship that led to his Minnesota Vikings losing to the Seahawks, and he struggled through the 2016 season with just a 75.0 per cent success rate, leading to him being cut by the Vikings last November and signing with the Seahawks in February.
That worked out very well for both Walsh and Seattle at first, as he even drilled two 52-yard field goals against Minnesota (and taunted their sideline) during a preseason game before going on to that impressive 92.3 regular-season success rate (12 makes on 13 attempts) heading into this week. But on Sunday, Walsh made some unfortunate history, and Vikings’ fans were ready to pounce. Walsh missed field goal attempts from 39, 44, and 49 yards out in the first half, becoming the first kicker since Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent in 2014 to miss three first-half field goals, and he tied the full-game record for missed FGs this year in just those two quarters. Here’s one of his misses, which, like all of them, went wide left:
Wide left? Blair Walsh?
— GoMN Sports (@GoMNSports) November 5, 2017
And that was just the start of the Minnesota fans trolling Walsh. Here are some other examples:
Blair Walsh 0-3, all wide left in the first half. As far as petty moral #Vikings victories this is about as good as it gets.
— Minnesota Misery (@MinnesotaMisery) November 5, 2017
— David (@AmazinDavey) November 5, 2017
We tried to tell y'all about Blair Walsh…
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 5, 2017
Blair Walsh, wide left.
Huh. Go figure.
— Ted Glover (@purplebuckeye) November 5, 2017
NOT SO SMUG ABOUT BLAIR WALSH NOW ARE YOU SEATTLE
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) November 5, 2017
And they weren’t the only ones:
Someone put Blair Walsh up for sale on facebook pic.twitter.com/t2elSlz4Rh
— Sky ⚾️ (@skyler_lamb) November 5, 2017
— N4L (@DaNorthWest49) November 5, 2017
— N8 (@natdog1105) November 5, 2017
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) November 5, 2017
Blair Walsh forever be like pic.twitter.com/ZiPZmFXOgQ
— NOT_SCTop10 (@NOTSCTop10PIays) November 5, 2017
Not the best day for Walsh, and that led to Seattle trailing 7-2 at the half and 10-2 heading into the fourth quarter. But they’ve since pulled it back to 10-8. We’ll see if Walsh is asked to make another kick…