GREEN BAY, Wis. — Garrett Hartley stood in front of his locker at Lambeau Field on Sunday, answering every question tossed his way.
For the 26-year-old kicker, it wasn’t how he wanted to leave the historic Wisconsin venue.
Hartley’s 48-yard game-winning field goal attempt tailed off at the end, passing to the left of the upright and wide, sending the New Orleans Saints to their fourth straight loss instead of their first win of the season.
And afterward, he had no answer for what happened.
“The ball has been coming off on the foot great all week, all game,” Hartley said. “Unfortunately, when it came down to it, the protection was great, the snap, the hold, everything. It kind of tailed off in the end.”
You could blame a strange sequence of events on the miss, though Hartley didn’t after the game.
He trotted out to the field Sunday, needing only to make a 43-yard field goal to send the New Orleans Saints to their first win of the season.
And he did.
Only, a holding call on the Saints pushed Hartley back 10 yards, nullifying his made kick. Before he could attempt a 53-yarder, play was held up by a penalty, this time an encroachment by the Green Bay Packers.
That set Hartley up for a 48-yard field goal attempt, a range in which he was 11 of 12 entering Sunday.
But a week after missing a 38-yarder, Hartley couldn’t connect on a 48-yarder.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with being iced,” Hartley said. “It’s just a matter of being able to repeat that motion. This time I wasn’t able to get it done.”