Skip to comments.Flutie converts NFL's first drop kick in 64 years
Posted on 01/01/2006 4:37:29 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Jan. 1, 2006) -- Doug Flutie added another oddity to his football résumé when he converted a drop kick in the fourth quarter of the New England Patriots' game against the Miami Dolphins.
It was the league's first drop kick since the 1941 NFL championship game, according to the web site for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
With starting quarterback Tom Brady sitting out most of the season-ending game, backup Matt Cassel threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tim Dwight to cut Miami's lead to 25-19 with 6:10 left in the game. Flutie, who was listed as the No. 3 QB, came in for the extra point and lined up at quarterback.
After a timeout, Flutie took the snap, dropped the ball and kicked it off a short hop through the uprights for one point. He ran off the field and embraced coach Bill Belichick.
According to the Hall of Fame site, Chicago's Ray "Scooter" McLean converted the last drop kick in the Bears' 37-9 victory against the New York Giants on Dec. 21, 1941.
I did. In the original "The Longest Yard"
First time for me, too. I used to like Doug Flutie, but then in 2000, he got on the Hillary! bandwagon and he dropped to less-than-zero on my list of people to admire.
It was great. They practiced it!
May be Flutie's last score in the NFL?
Flutie is too short to be a QB.
Yup, Flutie is a big-time lib. He drank the Kool-aid at BU apparently.
I can't wait for the highlights, so I can see this. Does anyone know if there is a video of it?
BC, not BU
You beat me to it.
"I've never seen a drop kick."
You missed the one in 41?
It's all BS to me.
Why didn't they just kick an extra point?
Paul Crewe: That was a dropkick.
Paul Crewe: Dropkick.
Bogdanski: How much is that worth?
Paul Crewe: Three points.
Bogdanski: Three points?
Paul Crewe: Three points.
Bogdanski: For that? Bull$hit!
For those who dont know, the difference between a punt and a drop kick is that in a drop kick the ball bounces before being kicked. For points, the ball must touch the ground before being kicked through the goal posts.
I perfected the drop kick playing Rugby. In Rugby you can drop kick and score from any position on the field and score.
It's really fun when you do a drop at full sprint.
Cool. I have never seen the "fair catch kick" rule evoked either. You know, at the end of the quarter if a player calls a fiar catch with no time left, the team can elect to get a free kick.
Does anyone know if there is a video of it?
Please try CBS4Boston.com, it was on video.
Berman announced that ESPN Countdown will play it again shortly.
Gotta like the guy.
http://members.aol.com/Argonuter/stats.html I don't know. Some bigger guys would have loved his career.
What was the reason for the drop kick instead of a conventional extra point kick or going for a 2 point conversion?
Another interesting tidbit in this article... Matt Cassel was the back-up QB to Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC... He completed a grand total of 20 passes in his NCAA career and never threw a touchdown pass in college.
We'll see how much you like him during the 2008 campaign season.
I saw it...Why? I would have been more impressed if he'd thrown it left handed through the goal posts. A hasbeen making a rare play = Much air time on news channels. Miami still won, so I am happy.
I find Flutie much less annoying than Tom Brady... much, much less.
BC is where Flutie went
The Dallas Cowbows actually used that rule once back in the 1970's.
Maybe they wanted to go for a two point conversion and there was just no way to make it happen.
Thanks my friend
Happy New Year
Live, it was a jaw dropper.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Boston College...a football program the defines itself by several upset victories but with no real success in its own right.
Stunt. But fun to watch.
I sure wish I would have seen it5, but I was watching the Redskins beat Philadelphia and go to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 :-)
In a "punt or drop-kick" the objective is the extra point or a field goal or kicking downfield in the fourth down? Which? For a field goal or an extra point they set the ball. In a fourth down the kicker receives the ball from the center and kicks it to the other team.? I'm really trying to understand the significance of this.
With your nick and knowledge, I assume you're a fellow Trojan and already realize the following, which I state for others: the Patriots' drafting of Cassell, in light of his nearly nonexistent college experience, simply illustrates SC's incredible depth.
I actually watched that play on live television. It was the first time I had ever heard of Doug Flutie.
You cant score on a punt through the uprights. The ball must touch the ground first, then be kicked through goal posts in order to score.
Yup... and here's an even more incredible sign of their depth... John David Booty, National HS Player of the Year for 2002, may never start a game for USC... He's played behind Palmer, Leinart, and may very well be playing behind Mark Sanchez for the next two years.
The purpose of a punt (kicking the ball before it touches the ground) is to give the ball to the other team farther away from the end zone.
When a team kicks to score (extra point or field goal) the "normal" way is to snap the ball to a holder and he sets it on the ground and the kicker kicks it. But the rules also allow it to be snapped directly to the kicker and he drops it so it hits the ground and then he kicks it. It's basically the same thing, except there is no holder.
You can't score with a punt. If the ball touches the ground, it's not a punt.
I think the patriots lost on purpose so they could avoid the Steelers. The Bengals tried to avoid them but the patriots would not let them. LOL!
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Happens all the time in a rugby match :.>
Thank you - excellent explanation. But what benefit does it have over setting the ball - is it more points? If it's not more points then why bother? Why not just set the ball and use the kicker?