CLEVELAND – The 49ers had a chance to win a Week 6 contest with the Cleveland Browns, but in the final seconds of the game, Jake Moody’s field goal attempt went wide, leading to a 19-17 loss Sunday at the Cleveland Browns.
“It’s bad,” Moody said after the match. “The team has done everything they can to get back into contention and give me the chance to do that, and that’s on me. You have to make those kicks in those situations. But hopefully I’ll have more opportunities like that in my career. Obviously we want to make the next one.” “
The rookie kicker suffered the first two fouls of his NFL career on Sunday, one left wide and the other wide right. Moody said that his last three kicks were not the result of overcompensation, but rather were just a waste on his part.
“I will not back down from the first kick,” Modi said. “I feel like I hit that one really well. I just think I didn’t judge the wind right. Things like that happen, and you have to get over it and try to make the next shot. The last one I didn’t hit great. It’s unfortunate.”
Long snapper Taylor Pepper shared that they felt confident during the three attempts and stressed not losing faith in the rookie’s abilities. The veteran believes that facing such challenges will make them better as a group in the future.
“We had to face a lot of adversity in that game, overcome it, and we were there at the end to close it out,” Bieber said. “It’s like a muscle, you have to exercise it. He was frustrated with himself but these are all experiences that will make him better.
49ers quarterback Brock Purdy echoed similar sentiments after the game.
“Honestly, we trust Jake, he’s got a great leg, he’s been great all year,” Purdy said. “If we had to do it again, man, we’d trust Jake again. Jake’s done a great job all year, and we’ll all continue to believe in him.” So this is what it is now.”
Modi was grateful for the support he received from his teammates after the match, as they all knew mistakes had been made during all three phases of the match. For now, the Michigan product will try to move on mentally from his performance on Sunday.
“For a guy who just got here, and all my teammates told me, ‘Keep my head up, give me a high five, give me a pat on the back,’ that was pretty cool,” Moody said. “I really appreciate it all. Especially those who put their trust in me to be able to kick.”
Modi will have to do his best to ensure that his failures do not leave a long-term impact on his playing style. With the 49ers’ next contest on Monday night in Minnesota against the Vikings, the player will have to wait an extra day to get the bad taste out of his mouth.
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