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Was having Rodrigo Blankenship attempt field goal at end of Colts game the right decision?

Nat Newell
Indianapolis Star

Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was clearly hurting Monday night, missing an extra point and having a 37-yard field goal blocked among his first five attempts. But he was sent back onto the field to attempt a 47-yard field goal — two yards longer than he had told the coaching staff he thought he could make — with 4 seconds left in regulation.

Blankenship missed the kick and the Baltimore Ravens would score on the first possession of overtime to complete a 19-point, second-half comeback for the 31-25 victory.

Was sending a gimpy kicker — Blankenship said he had stabbing pains while kicking — onto the field the right decision in that case? Should the Colts have committed themselves to a touchdown or nothing?

Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) walks off the field after missing a potential game winning kick Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at the end of the second half of Colts against Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium for Monday Night Football.

According to pro-football-reference.com's Stathead, there have been 51 situations since 1994 in which a team was in a similar situation — opponents' 30-yard line, 13 seconds remaining — but needing a touchdown (trailing by between 4 and 8 points) to win or tie the game.

They scored a touchdown four times; 7.8% of the time.

It's not a perfect comparison but it is similar. So if Blankenship's chances of making that field goal were better than 7.8% — and he made a 43-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter and felt he would have made the 37-yarder if it hadn't been blocked — it's hard to think Reich made the wrong choice.

Contact IndyStar Deputy Sports Editor Nat Newell at (317) 444-6182 or nat.newell@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NatJNewell.