When Is a Field-Goal Attempt a Chip Shot? Never!

When Is a Field-Goal Attempt a Chip Shot? Never!

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After Stephen Hauschka missed a 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left in overtime against the Cardinals on Oct. 23, the Seahawks had to settle for a 6-6 tie.

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It is a ubiquitous expression in football, a term borrowed from golf that has been refashioned and taken on a misguided connotation.

The phrase “chip-shot field goal” is meant to describe a short kick that should never be missed. No one knows the exact origin of the phrase in football. Nor do fans, broadcasters or coaches question its use, despite the fact that the techniques of…



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