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From Birds 24/7: LeSean McCoy picked up four yards on third down, setting up the 48-yard attempt. Henery said he made it from as far as 55 yards during warm-ups, but 48 was the top distance they were comfortable with for an in-game situation.
“The max number was right at the 30-yard line,” said Henery. “I was hitting them fine…Science doesn’t allow the ball to fly as far on a cold day like that. It’s something you’ve got to work with and we worked with it and the field goal I just didn’t hit well.”
My take: Bull fuckin’ shit. I saw Henery try four 50-yard field goals in warmups from the same hash mark that he missed the 48-yarder. One was a knuckler very similar to the in-game attempt. Two were short and one went over the goal post by a cat’s whisker. He couldn’t have hit a 55-yarder last night with a three wood.
Shayne Graham was the one booting them 55 yards in warmups. He didn’t have any issues with the cold weather science. It was more than obvious that if the game came down to kicking then the Eagles would lose.
Side note: Chip Kelly walked onto the field moments after Henery’s 1-for-4 performance from 50 yards. I didn’t see Henery attempt another field goal while Kelly was on the field. And during team introductions, I swear to Christ, Henery was practicing 25-yard field goals.