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Why NFL coaches are the only ones who keep getting yelled at after missed kicks

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“Kick it again!”

After an unsuccessful two-point conversion, Washington coach Jay Gruden shouted out. He spoke afterward of disappointment that “we came so close.”

The names on the sidelines were already calling for kicker Dustin Hopkins to try again after he unsuccessfully entered the game earlier in the game.

But Hopkins had already missed one kick after being called for a personal foul. Houston’s Justin Tucker pulled out his change-of-pace kicker, Ka’imi Fairbairn, who also missed.

The Browns had tried that same play on their previous drive, and failed to convert on the 2-point conversion, falling two points short. Cleveland’s first-quarter timeout came before the failed conversion on that play, but it is unclear whether the Browns should have taken it.

And the same was true in Philadelphia, where the Eagles suffered what might have been their final loss of the season when Nick Foles missed a difficult 44-yard field goal wide right that would have tied the game with a minute left and overtime looming.

Before the game, the Eagles said that a missed 2-point conversion would have been devastating.

“In this league, you are one snap away from winning,” Chris Long said. “You can’t make those. In this league, it happens. And to be two ticks away of winning would’ve been great.”

Colin Kaepernick did not get to give another try.

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