Nate Kaeding was a solid kicker for the Chargers, but won’t he always be remembered for what he couldn’t do in the postseason?
In the game just referenced in the previous slide against the Patriots in the 2006 playoffs, he missed a kick at the end of regulation that would have sent the game into overtime.
Following the 2004 season, the Chargers faced the New York Jets in the Wild Card round of the playoffs following a 12-4 regular season. Despite trailing 17-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Bolts rallied back to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, Kaeding missed a 40-yard field goal that would have won the game. The Jets then drove down the field and kicked a 28-yard field goal with seconds left to win it.
Keep in mind, overtime was played under sudden death rules back then.
But that wasn’t the end of Kaeding’s nightmares. They came back to haunt him again in 2009. That year, the Chargers again won the AFC West division after a 13-3 regular season that concluded with 11 straight victories.
But again, the Jets came to Qualcomm and found a way to beat the Chargers. Kaeding missed three field goals in the game, which the Chargers only lost by three points.
According to Pro Football Reference, Kaeding ranks No. 7 in terms of field goal percentage in the entire history of the NFL. Still, Chargers fans will never forget the kicks that he missed in these games.
Of course, the Chargers had their adventures kicking field goals this past season and that was the main reason the team missed the playoffs.