San Francisco 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin had a great night on Monday against the Seattle Seahawks, well, for the most part.
McLaughlin, a rookie out of Illinois, made his first three field-goal attempts of the night and made his lone extra-point attempt of the game, but when his leg really needed to come up big for the 49ers it failed him miserably.
After Seattle won the coin toss in overtime, San Francisco forced Russell Wilson into throwing an interception giving the 49ers great field position and a chance to win it. McLaughlin stepped up from 47 yards out – the same yardage he made a kick from that sent the game to overtime – only this time he pull-hooked the game-winning attempt so badly it landed in a tunnel at Levi’s Stadium.
Here’s the angle from the tunnel it landed in. Talk about an absolutely brutal miss.
McLaughlin had already proved he was good enough for the big moment as he pushed the game into overtime as time expired earlier, but it’s pretty clear that a kick to send the game to extra time and a kick to win a game are two very different things.
You have to cut McLaughlin a little bit of slack as he signed with the 49ers just four days prior to the game, but that can’t hide just how poor of an effort the kick was.
Seattle went on to win the game 27-24 with a field goal from 42 yards out as time expired.
As you can imagine, people on social media had jokes after McLaughlin’s pull-hook.