Maybe Harrison Butker’s right leg was just tired. After kicking five field goals, and booting kickoffs after all Chiefs scores Sunday, Butker came up short on a 46-yarder into a cold breeze in the fourth quarter on Sunday. By then, the Chiefs had salted away a 29-13 triumph over the Miami Dolphins that secured a second consecutive AFC West title, a first for the organization. The kick would have been icing. But it didn’t diminish the day or the personal accomplishment for Butker. The rookie, who was not obtained until after the third game this season, has gone on to one of the greatest seasons by a kicker in franchise history. His five field goals Sunday, including a 49-yarder, pushed Butker’s season total to 36 and gave him two more than the previous record set by Nick Lowery in 1990. That wasn’t all. Butker has made at least one field goal in all 12 games that he’s appeared, and that matches Lawrence Tynes’ 2005 mark for consecutive games with a field goal. One more regular-season game remains, at Denver on Sunday, for Butker to own that mark outright. His leg strength and accuracy have played a major role in the Chiefs’ three-game winning streak that halted a skid of six losses in seven games and returned them to the division championship path.
Kicker Harrison Butker missed three games. He’s still setting Chiefs season records
Kansas City Star | Dec 26