Vinatieri says extra points add to Super pressure

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By Larry Fine

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The NFL's longer extra point and championship pressure can make a kicker's performance all the more crucial in the Super Bowl, says Adam Vinatieri, a four-times Super Bowl-winning kicker.

Vinatieri won three NFL championships with the New England Patriots, including two on his last second field goals, and another with the Indianapolis Colts.

"Obviously in these games, every kick, every play counts. Pressure heightens for every position," Vinatieri told Reuters before the Extra Points Kick Challenge for charity at the NFL Experience on Wednesday.

"You're only on the field six, seven times in a game. Every single one of them counts."

The 43-year-old Vinatieri, still playing for the Colts, said the National Football League raised the pressure when they moved the extra point from being snapped from the two-yard line to the 15.

"Obviously it changed some games around this year," said Vinatieri, who converted 32 of 35 extra points this season after five successive seasons without missing a single one.

"We saw one of the playoff games with a missed extra point early in the game kind of make a difference in the outcome," he said, referring to Denver's 20-18 win over New England in the AFC title game.

"I think they wanted to make it a little more exciting, wanted to make it not so much of a guarantee, and I think they achieved it."   Continued...

Nov 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indianapolis Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks the game winning field goal from the hold of punter Pat McAfee (1) against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Colts defeated the Falcons 24-21.   Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports