Overall, there is no doubt Stephen Gostkowski is one of the best kickers in the NFL.
But, the 34-year-old has struggled in the postseason of late.
After a streak of 53 straight made postseason kicks (field goals and extra points) from 2012-16, Gostkowski has missed six kicks in his last seven playoff games, including missing at least one kick in the Patriots' final game the last three seasons.
He missed an extra point in the 2015 AFC title game in Denver, missed an extra point in Super Bowl LI against Atlanta, and then missed a field goal and an extra point last year against the Eagles in the Super Bowl (although the field goal was a poor snap).
“I don’t know how many playoff games I have played in — I think if you play a couple of seasons worth of playoff games you’re going to miss a few kicks," Gostkowski said this week. "I think part of the job is getting over missed kicks. Obviously, those are the ones people like to talk about, but I am fine with that. That is part of the position. I expect to go out there and make all the kicks, and when I don’t I am disappointed and ticked off at myself, but you have to find a way to move on and that is what I do.”
The Bears saw their season come to an end last Sunday when Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal against the Eagles, although it was later changed to a field goal block as it was tipped at the line of scrimmage.