Mark Bavaro: Matt Bahr was 'kind of out of it' when kicking the FG that won '90 NFC title
When Giants kicker Matt Bahr kicked a 42-yard field goal to beat the 49ers in the 1990 NFC title game, he was "was kind of out of it," said former New York tight end Mark Bavarro.
If you watch the video below, you’ll see Matt Bahr kick a 42-yard field goal to beat the 49ers in the 1990 NFC title game to send the Giants to Super Bowl XXV. You’ll see New York coach Bill Parcells hug fellow coaches with a big smile on his face. You’ll see Giants players rush the field in ecstasy. You’ll see his teammates encircle Bahr and embrace him in triumph.
But what you won’t see is how Bahr prepared to kick one of the biggest attempts of his career. And if Mark Bavaro is to be believed, that’s probably a good thing, because according to the former Giants tight end, Bahr -- who had suffered a concussion making a tackle earlier in the game -- didn’t know where he was before he got set to kick.
"Matt Bahr, when he kicked the winning field goal against San Francisco in 1990, I don't think he knew where he was," Bavaro told the Newark Star Ledger. "He'd tackled somebody on a kickoff return earlier in the game, and he was kind of out of it.
"Steve DeOssie had to kind of, actually, guide him on the field and line it up. But you know, that was regular stuff back then. Matt was a great guy, a tough guy, and we certainly appreciated him coming out and doing that for us. But I don't think that stuff happens today."
As more players continue to sue the NFL on the matter of concussions, these stories, I imagine, will be much more common. And while it’s impressive Bahr made the field goal (he had four others on the day, as well), let’s hope a kicker never has to be put in that position again.
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