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VIDEO: Remembering When Mason Crosby Forced a Fumble With This Incredible Hit on Cordarrelle Patterson

David Kaestle
Mason Crosby forces fumble against the Minnesota Vikings.
Mason Crosby forces fumble against the Minnesota Vikings. / YouTube: NFL

Kickers usually stay in their lane when it comes to them making an impact on the field. They kick field goals, launch kickoffs, and then pretty much get out of the way for the rest of the game. It works. However, every once in awhile a kicker goes above and beyond his duties and has a difference-making play that doesn't involve his golden boot. Like a pitcher hitting a home run in baseball.

Mason Crosby, regarded as one of the best kickers in the league for almost his entire career, has had a few of these opportunities, and boy did he take advantage of this one against the division-rival Minnesota Vikings.

After kicking off to dangerous return man Cordarrelle Patterson, who almost broke into the open field, Crosby made his move and punched the ball free, thwarting what looking like a potential touchdown.

A play that went form a massive positive for the Vikings, Crosby quickly turned into a huge momentum shift for the Packers.

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