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Packers' Crosby kicks himself

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Michael Hunt
October 11, 2010
— For Mason Crosby, it was a long plane ride back to Green Bay Sunday night.

"I'm a competitor," said the Packers' kicker, whose 53-yard field-goal attempt with one second left in regulation hit the left upright. "I hate losing. It's going to eat at me all evening. I've got to get back at it (Monday)."


After Crosby missed, Washington took advantage of Aaron Rodgers' intercepted pass and won, 16-13, on Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal with 8:06 left in overtime.


"I hit it all the way through the uprights and it didn't go in," Crosby said. "It just turned left on me. Everything felt good.


"It was right down the middle, and it turned."


Crosby also missed a 48-yarder late in the quarter that would've put the Packers up by 13 points. He said he also hit that one well, but pulled it to the right.


In the second quarter, Crosby made a 52-yarder with plenty to spare on a virtually windless, warm afternoon at FedEx Field. Based on pre-game warm-ups, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he a lot of confidence in Crosby.


"He had plenty of range," McCarthy said. "Inside 35, he had plenty of leg."


Crosby's 52-yarder came on the drive after the Packers had been stopped on fourth and goal at the Washington 1-yard line.


The Packers got a 52-yard punt return from Tramon Williams to set up Crosby's long kick, which gave the Packers a 10-0 lead.


McCarthy called the tradeoff "a wash," but they would not have needed Crosby's second 52-yard attempt had they gone for the points.


Instead, Rodgers couldn't connect with reserve tight end Andrew Quarless in the end zone on fourth and 1 .


"I had a chance to win it at the end," Crosby said. "Our team gave everything. I should have made that kick. Our defense had a lot of fight.


"The offense put us in position. This one hurts a lot. I've got to get back to work and make sure I keep kicking the ball like I have."


In making two of four against Washington, Crosby is seven of 10 on the season. Crosby also had a field goal blocked in the three-point loss at Chicago. In the season opener at Philadelphia, he made a franchise-record 56-yard kick.


Punter Tim Masthay averaged 47.3 yards on six kicks, including a net of 36.2.


But with the Packers leading, 13-3, Masthay got off a low punt that was returned 30 yards by Brandon Banks.


Then Washington got back in the game on a two-play drive that resulted in a 48-yard pass from Donovan McNabb to Anthony Armstrong.


"I had the one in the corner that they got a return on," Masthay said. "For the most part, I hit the ball well, but I'm disappointed with the loss."



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