With temperatures hovering around freezing, Kai Forbath’s hot streak of field goals made ended. The Washington Redskins kicker was 17-for-17 during his NFL career before clanking his 37-yard attempt off the right upright.
Going into his first playoff game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Forbath said he’s “just as confident” as he was before that miss.
“I don’t like to miss, but I knew it would come eventually,” Forbath said. “I’m glad that it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. Just ready to start over this week and go a hundred percent this week.”
With a 4:30 p.m. start Sunday for the NFC wild card game, the 25-year-old won’t be forced to deal with the same weather situation, given that temperatures are expected to dip into the upper-30s. The regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys was the coldest Forbath had kicked in since playing Military Bowl at RFK Stadium with UCLA on Dec. 29, 2009.
“The ground was like frozen,” Forbath said of the conditions three years ago. “It was like ice, so I had to stomp on it just so I could plant.”
It’s not the same at FedEx Field. But Forbath said Sunday night that: “I would never blame conditions, but we’re not working with the best field here.”
RFK Stadium’s ground was icy, he said. “Our field is just torn up.”
Field conditions, especially after eight regular-season and two preseason games, plus college games between Cincinnati and Virginia Tech and West Virginia and James Madison, are far from ideal.
Coach Mike Shanahan defended the playing surface based on what Alfred Morris and the Redskins were able to do last week.
“We rushed for a lot of yards last week and the surface was good enough to not slip. So that’s a pretty good sign,” Shanahan said. “I know it doesn’t look that good, but relative to the footwork I didn’t think it was bad at all, from a running back’s standpoint as well as a wide receiver’s. I didn’t see people slipping. And so that’s a good sign. Anyway, both teams got to play on the field.”