Last week, the Packers-Bears game will go in the pantheon of blocked kicks. It wasn’t a particularly important play, except that it was one of the sole interesting plays in a game that was otherwise a pretty mundane blowout between a good team (Green Bay) and a bad team (Chicago).
Jarrett Boykin rushed a Chicago punt and didn’t just get to the ball in time to get a hand up on it. He got to the ball in time to get a foot down on it. In other words, Jarrett Boykin kicked Chicago’s punt before the Chicago punter did. It was a blocked kick, done by a defenders foot—a blocked kick kick. And it was awesome.
Save for a few punt and kick returns for touchdowns, the world of special teams doesn’t get much love. We’d like to fix that with a rundown of the 9 Most Blocked Kicks of All Time.
(Note: We’re not delineating between punts and field goals/PATs here. They both involve a foot moving a football, so they’re both kicks to us.)
Obviously, the a blocked kick of the highest magnitude will have a direct effect on the outcome of the game. It will happen to a great kicker (because we least expect that). And it will be done by a great team. This blocked field goal has all of those things. Nick Folk is a great kicker, but the Pats have recently been a MUCH better team than the jets. And the best way to flex your muscle while standing over the other guys is to pull off an improbable play, much like the blocked kick.
9. Pats Block Nick Folk
Ok. Everything I just said before stands, but you can also add degrees of difficulty to it. For instance, if blocking a field goal with 11 guys is awesome, what’s blocking it with 9? Jaw-dropping? Super-awesome? As unprepared as the Cards were in only having 9 men on the field, the Niners must have been far less prepared in their inability to handle the 9 with their 11. This is the equivalent of shooting a free throw left handed.
8. Cardinals Block 49ers Kick with Only 9 Men
We touched on this one above, but it gets a spot on the list. As long as we’re talking about making a difficult thing more difficult, let’s look at Boykin block this kick with his feet. I’m not positive what was going through Boykin’s mind at the moment of impact, but I’m guessing it was, “Holy shit, I’m going to block this punt with my feet!” And then he did, leaving the Bears smarting for the rest of the game and maybe the rest of the season.
7. Packers D Kicks Ball Instead of Bears Punter
These stakes are high. Appalachian State was in the back-and-forth overtime that we love in college ball, and they had matched Iowa State on their possession, and just needed to knock through the PAT to keep things moving. Pretty rote. But Iowa State managed to get in and block the PAT (!) to win the game then and there. Pretty awesome, and the perfect set of circumstances.
6. Iowa State Blocks Appalachian State Extra Point to Win in OT
In the earlier slide, we saw a college team get an extra point blocked. It’s rare, but it happens. College players are far less consistent than NFL players, so it’s to be more expected. However, of all the NFL teams in recent history, none were more consistent(ly bad) than the 2008 Lions, who won 0 games all season. They were so bad that, yup, sure, they got an extra point blocked. Sometimes kickers miss them, but they never should get blocked at that level.
5. 2008 Lions Prove They’re the Worst with Blocked Extra Point
Anthony Spencer showed some fierce athleticism on this play. Not only did he jump WAY up to clear the line (still not sure how that’s even possible), but he then jumped up again to make the block. They teach pogo drills in basketball because it increases your chances of getting a rebound. It also increases your chances of blocking a kick.
4. Dallas Cowboy Blocks Seattle Field Goal on His 2nd Jump
What’s most remarkable about this play is who much the blocked punt looks like a handoff to the defense. That’s either how slowly the punter gets the ball off, or how quickly BG gets to it. Likely the latter. If you want to make a blocked kick better, parlay it into a big touchdown run from a special teams player who likely doesn’t see much action on offense or defense.
3. Bowling Green Blocks Punt for a Touchdown
While the stakes between the Saints and Falcons on a Monday night football game weren't huge, there's something to be said for the circumstances and drama brought on by Katrina that gave this homecoming a special element. I mean, just listen to that crowd and tell me that this wasn't a HUGE play. You can't do it, can you?
2. Saints Block Punt 1st Game Back From Katrina
High stakes, rivalry (sort of), and a dcisive play to give one team a walk-off victory. This blocked punt has it all. Unless, of course, if you're a Cowboys fan. Then it has very little for you, other than heartbreak and consternation. But the recent Jerry Jones era has probably made you used to that.
1. Cards Block Punt, Beat Cowboys in OT
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