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Suisham Apologetic After Missed Field Goal


Shaun Suisham appeared to be as stunned as everyone else at FedExField.

He had missed a chip shot, 23-yard field goal that would have sealed a Redskins win over the unbeaten New Orleans Saints.

Suisham stood for a moment, his head down.


The miss gave the Saints new life. Down 30-23 late in the fourth quarter, they drove downfield for a game-tying touchdown and then won the game with a chip shot field goal of their own in overtime.

After the game, Suisham was apologetic.

"This is about as difficult as it gets," he said. "You have the New Orleans Saints come in here, the guys played an unbelievable game and I'm disappointed. I wish I could get back out there, but the game is over and we lost.

"I won't allow that kick to define me. The only thing I'm going to do is go to work this week and come back ready for Oakland. I sure wish there was something I could do. I just apologize to my teammates, coaches, Mr. Snyder and the fans. I feel terrible."

Jim Zorn mentioned that the snap from Ethan Albright "was a little high" and that Hunter Smith had to get the ball down quickly.

"When [Suisham] came through he didn't expect the ball to be slammed down and he had to make an adjustment," Zorn said. "I'm sure he feels terrible."

Suisham was not about to make excuses.

"No, the operation was perfect," he said of the snap and the hold.

Suisham was having the best season of his four-year career until Nov. 22 when he missed two field goals in a 7-6 loss at Dallas.

On Sunday, he made 32-, 28 and 21-yard field goals before his ill-fated miss.

For the season, Suisham is 18-of-21 on field goal attempts and 20-of-21 on PATs. He has totaled 74 points on the season.

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