Nov. 29, 1988

Nov. 29, 1988 Ah, the foibles of NFL placekickers. Not that the New England Patriots have had many who deserved swift, hard kicks in the backside on their way out the door. They did have Adam Vinatieri, and Stephen Gostkowski was certainly no slouch. As of Wednesday, rookie Chad Ryland - whose miss on a 35-yarder sealed the Pats’ fate Sunday in their loss to the Giants - remained on the roster, though Bill Belichick did audition replacements earlier in the week. But in 1988, the Pats had two field goal kickers - one for attempts from 45 yards or ...

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