Adam Vinatieri's Kicking Struggles Have Literally Stolen 3 Wins From Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 10: Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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When all is said and done, Adam Vinatieri will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. However, this is a pretty dismal end to what's been such an illustrious career for the Indianapolis Colts kicker, and his missed extra point on Sunday through the entire game far out of whack.

Though Colts fans probably don't need to read the specifics written out in this fashion to get sick to their stomachs, this sequence makes the true impact of Vinatieri's recent struggles perfectly clear.

Vinatieri's now 14-for-20 on extra points this season, which is an atrocious conversion rate, even in a year where more extra points have been missed than ever.

Instead of sitting at 5-4 with a loss to the dreadful Miami Dolphins under their pillow and a tight AFC South race afoot, the Colts could have been sitting comfortably at 8-1 without Vinatieri's miscues. Legitimately.

In Vinatieri's defense, not only is every NFL kicker far from perfect, but the man is 46 years old. 46! The fact that he can remain at least slightly competitive as an NFL kicker competing against guys decades younger than him speaks to his amazing athletic ability.

Unfortunately, Vinatieri's got to come to the realization that he's not doing the Colts any favors by trying his best to stick around the league. He's cost the Colts three games this season, and this has to be the end of the leash for him.