Adam Vinatieri on ending FG streak: 'You can't make them all'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Adam Vinatieri couldn't help himself.

The expletives were coming after the kick, one that nobody thought he would miss, sailed to the left ending his perfect season on field goal attempts.

The Indianapolis Colts' veteran kicker entered Sunday's game against Tennessee a perfect 28-of-28 on field goals. He improved that mark to 29-of-29 with a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Then, with the Colts leading 17-7, Vinatieri's 46-yard field goal was off the mark.

"When it left my foot, thought I made it," said Vinatieri, whose 42nd birthday was Sunday. "Looked like it was going just inside the left post, but it was kind of fading on me a little bit. Just missed it; one of those things where you can't make them all. Every once in a while you miss one I guess."

Vinatieri, who didn't attempt a field goal in their loss at Dallas on Dec. 21, was more upset that a drive by the Colts ended bad than he was about his streak ending.

"Just one of those things that every time you step on the field you have to help your team try to win games and it was a missed opportunity for me," Vinatieri said. "I wanted to make it for the team."

Punter Pat McAfee, who holds for Vinatieri on field goals and extra points, immediately went over and tapped his teammate on the helmet after the miss.

"Just told him it was a fun streak," McAfee said. "If he would have done it, he would have been the fifth player in NFL history. It was a cool run. It was a fun run. He's still the greatest of all time and best kicker in the league. That's what I told him."