Watch: Greatest XP in history? Adam Vinatieri's clutch kick in snow is magnificent

Shutdown Corner

You don’t often see a field goal take a sharp left turn in mid-flight, but then there aren’t many kickers out there like Adam Vinatieri.

Facing a must-make extra point in one of the great snow games in NFL history, Vinatieri sent his kick skyward with just over a minute remaining in the game and the Indianapolis Colts down 7-6 to the Buffalo Bills. The ball appeared headed wide right, but then, like it was a golf ball curling around the pines at Augusta, turned hard left to zip right between the uprights.

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Watch the clip again and again and again. There’s so much to take in here:

• The ball looking like it was headed 10 yards wide right before it makes that fateful last-second turn.

• The Bills players celebrating like they’d won the game, only to watch in horror as the ball curled back for good.

• Vinatieri casually knocking snow off his cleats just before the kick.

• Pretty much everybody on the Colts sideline — players, coaches, probably the freaking mascot —out there clearing out space for Vinatieri to kick, until the refs ran them off:


That wasn’t the most important extra-point kick in NFL history, but it may have been the finest. What a beauty.

Adam Vinatieri is in there somewhere. (Getty)
Adam Vinatieri is in there somewhere. (Getty)

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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