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Laces out! Vikings lose after horribly missing 27-yard field goal in the final seconds

The Seattle Seahawks might just be the luckiest team in football.

IF ACE VENTURA: Pet Detective taught us anything, it’s that you kick an American football with the laces out.

The laces cost poor Ray Finkle a Super Bowl ring in everybody’s third-favourite Jim Carrey film and tonight — IN REAL LIFE — they cost the Minnesota Vikings a place in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Well, maybe.

Trailing the Seattle Seahwaks 10-9 with 26 seconds left on the clock, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh faced a 27-yard field goal. Make it and the Vikings would almost certainly win; miss it and their season was done.

For a pro kicker in normal circumstances it would be a chip shot, but under extreme pressure — and in extreme temperatures of around -18°C — it became significantly trickier.

On top of all that, when the ball was snapped back to Jeff Locke, he held it with the laces in.

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(At this point we should mention that Walsh earlier made a 47-yard field goal kicking underneath the laces.)

But still… listen to Finkle — LACES OUT!

Incredibly, Walsh hooked the pressure kick badly to the left and the Seahawks celebrated a most unlikely let-off.

It’s an absolutely baltic -20°C in Minnesota – and this fan is wearing no shirt!

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Niall Kelly

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