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VIDEO: Remembering When the Steelers Ran One of the Worst Onside Kicks of All Time Against the Ravens

Jason Schandl
Chris Boswell and the Pittsburgh Steelers ran one of the worst onside kicks of all time against the Ravens.
Chris Boswell and the Pittsburgh Steelers ran one of the worst onside kicks of all time against the Ravens. / Rob Carr/Getty Images
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Onside kicks were almost made a thing of the past this offseason, but NFL owners voted down a motion to replace the play with teams getting to run a 4th-and-15 snap to try to keep the ball.

Onside kicks are always tense, but they're often anti-climactic, with an incredibly low success rate. They have, at least, given us one of the funniest plays in NFL history.

Down by 7 points with less than one minute remaining, Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell attempted an onside kick. Only instead of kicking it normally, he attempted to kick behind his own leg, sending the ball in the opposite direction that the Ravens would expect.

Instead he didn't send it anywhere. The ball hit his own foot, traveling a grand total of about a quarter of a yard. Trying to save face he kick the ball again, but that is of course not a legal play, so the Steelers' effort to recover that second kick was in vain.

The Ravens vs. Steelers rivalry is one of the most tense in the NFL, so fans in Pittsburgh would probably prefer to pretend this play never happened.


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