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Jeff Fisher defends trying 66-yard field goal at end of game

Figured chances were better than fourth down play Brad Biggs

Print This October 15, 2012, 10:27 AM EST

Jeff Fisher liked the chances of rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein making a 66-yard field goal better than he did Sam Bradford and the offense converting on fourth-and-7 from the Miami Dolphins’ 48-yard line in the closing minute on Sunday.

And Zuerlein proved he had enough leg for the kick, missing wide left in a 17-14 loss to the Dolphins.

I took the wind in the fourth quarter in the event we would need it," Fisher said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We had a good wind. The odds of Greg making that kick from that distance I thought were much greater than us converting on fourth down.
 

"I counted off and knew it was 65, 66 (yards). And Greg's got that kinda leg."

The kick would have shattered the NFL record of 63 yards. The Rams were hoping to get closer for a tying kick but Bradford was sacked on third down and Fisher figured the odds were better that the kick would push the game into overtime.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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