clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Ndamukong Suh Kicks, Misses Extra Point For Lions

On the Lions' first drive of the second half, they got all the way down inside the five-yard line before things stalled and they had to settle for a field goal. Jason Hanson made the kick, but a Jets player dove and rolled on Hanson, injuring him and drawing a roughing the kicker penalty. The Lions accepted the penalty and got a new set of downs.

On the very next play, Matthew Stafford faked a handoff to Jahvid Best, who sold the fake by leaping into the end zone without the ball. Stafford ran into the end zone untouched for a touchdown, but because Hanson is hurt, he could not kick the extra point. Instead defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh went out there to attempt the extra point, and he clanked it off the right upright.

During training camp, there were reports that Suh was hitting field goals from 30-plus yards out. Also, he played soccer growing up, so it's not too surprising that the Lions sent him out there to kick the extra point. Although he missed it, the kick itself didn't look that bad; he just pushed it a bit too much to the right.

Punter Nick Harris kicked off for the Lions and it wasn't very pretty. Hanson tried to do a warm-up kick on the sideline and was in a lot of pain afterward, so I'd bet his day is done.

Right now the Lions are up by a score of 13-10 because of the missed extra point. If they have to kick a field goal or extra point again, they may be better off just going for the first down or the two-point conversion. Suh has shown he can kick in practice, but a game situation is much different.

UPDATE: Jason Hanson just kicked the extra point following the Lions' latest touchdown.