Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh plans to visit the first-graders who sent him letters and drawings of support after he was lambasted by fans for missing a field goal that could have given his team a win in Sunday's playoff game.
While many Minnesota Vikings fans ripped kicker Blair Walsh for missing a 27-yard field goal that could have could have given the team a win in Sunday's playoff game, some first-graders in Blaine used it as a lesson in empathy.
Viking kicker Blair Walsh was named the NFC special teams player of the week this week. He was 5-5 on field goals including 3 field goals of 50 yards or more. He had 18 points in the Viking 36-22 win at St. Louis Sunday. Walsh is 8-8 on field goals of 50 yards or more this season.
The Vikings nearly gave away a game that appeared to be theirs with just seconds left when Blaine Gabbert threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts with :20 left. Viking quarterback Christian Ponder completed a pair of passes setting up kicker Blair Walsh for a 55-yard field goal. Walsh made the kick and made a 38-yard field goal in overtime that turned out to be the game-winner. Jacksonville got the ball once in overtime with the new overtime rule but were unable to score.
The Vikings released kicker Ryan Longwell Monday after 3 seasons with the Vikings and 16 NFL seasons mostly with the Green Bay Packers. Longwell made 22 of 28 field goals for the Vikings in 2011. He was given a 3-year $1.75 Million extension last summer. Longwell said good bye to fans on twitter and head coach Leslie Frazier thanked Longwell for his work and wished him well.
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